Monday, April 9, 2012
Welcome to Day 99 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Samuel 6:1 “When the ark of the LORD had been in Philistine territory seven months, 2 the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD?”
v 13 “Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheat in the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight.”
v 19 “But God struck down some of the inhabitants of Beth Shemesh, putting seventy of them to death because they looked into the ark of the LORD.”
1 Samuel 7:1 “So the men of Kiriath Jearim came and took up the ark of the LORD. They brought it to Abinadab’s house on the hill and consecrated Eleazar his son to guard the ark of the LORD. 2 The ark remained at Kiriath Jearim a long time—twenty years in all.
Then all the people of Israel turned back to the LORD.
3 So Samuel said to all the Israelites, “If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” 4 So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.”
v 15 “Samuel continued as Israel’s leader all the days of his life.”
Psalm 72:18 “Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. 19 Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.”
1 Corinthians 9:10 “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.”
I’m wondering about the tabernacle… where is it? The Ark is not in the tabernacle at this time…
We are nearing the time of the Solomon’s temple when the Ark will have a more permanent place to rest… But in the meantime, “They brought it to Abinadab’s house on the hill and consecrated Eleazar his son to guard the ark of the LORD.”
Samuel was raised in the tabernacle, but scripture just seems silent as to its whereabouts at this time.
If you search “tabernacle,” the word does not appear in the book of 1 Samuel… 2 Samuel 7, David laments, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
What’s my point? I’m wondering why the Ark wasn’t placed back into the Tent of Meeting. Samuel was practically raised in the tent of meeting, earlier in 1 Samuel, right? After the Ark was removed for war, then returned by the Philistines after 7 months, it was placed in another location (at least that seems to be the case, but not in the tent of meeting… Abinadab’s house??)
Also wondering why the 70 elders were killed for looking into the Ark. I mean, I get that it’s sacred, and others have died for touching it… but I’m wondering if they just hadn’t inquired of the LORD in advance of opening it?
I would think the articles that the Philistines had placed into it should have been removed, right? I mean, gold tumors and rats have no place in the Ark…
I’m also wondering if, at this point, the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant (Hebrews 9:4) were still in the Ark?
Ok… so what? What does this have to do with anything? What does this have to do with me today?
I just wonder why someone didn’t step up and say, “Let’s make this right. Let’s do the right thing and put the Ark back where it belongs.” Especially Samuel, who spent his young life serving in the Tent of Meeting.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m kind of a rules guy. I don’t mind guidelines. I like clarity. Even within flexibility, I like clarity. If someone asks me to lead worship for an event, I like knowing what they have in mind. If they say, “Just let the Lord lead you…” I will respond with what I am thinking and ask for flexibility within those guidelines.
I’m thinking 30-40 minutes and we’ll see where it goes. It’s your event and I submit to what you are sensing.
If they say, “you’re the worship leader, just take us there.” I’m good with that. It’s like playing volleyball… a little back and forth to clarify. It’s healthy and avoids misunderstanding.
The significance of Solomon and David’s desire to build a temple for the LORD is ever-growing. It has been moving about in a tent for four centuries now.
Without jumping ahead and researching the details of the Ark when David brings it back, we’ll just assume for now that the articles had been left in there, along with the Philistine gold guilt offerings? (I really don’t like assuming this, though…)
The good news in this is that the people have returned to the LORD. They put away their Baals and Ashtoreths… “Put away?” I wonder if they’re in a closet, why not destroyed?
I wonder a lot of things if you haven’t noticed.
If you’re looking for answers, you came to the wrong blog… this blog asks more questions than it gives answers.
Thank you for your heart for your people, your faithfulness toward us, with all our imperfections. You are good… You are good.