12And the cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one highway, lowing as they went. The Ark had been carried only once before in a battle. So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps he will lighten his hand on you and your gods and your land. All rights reserved. And they said, “What is the guilt offering that we shall return to him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines, for the same plague was on all of you and on your lords. Used by permission. These are the golden tumors that the Philistines returned as a guilt offering to the, and the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both fortified cities and unwalled villages. Policies Taking 3,000 of Israel’s best man, he had the ark set on a new cart and brought down from Abinadad’s house where it had been for twenty years. New in NYC. 3 They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but you shall surely return to Him a guilt offering. A large stone was there; so they split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord.The Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the box that was beside it, in which were the gold objects, and set them upon the large stone. The next morning, they found their idol face down in front of the Ark. Perhaps he will lighten his hand from off you and your gods and your land. It arrives at Beth Shemesh (‘Temple of the Sun’) where the Israelites … When they finally realized it was God that was behind the plagues and infestations, they returned the ark of the covenant to the Israelites. God’s sovereignty is shown in the way he brings the Ark back to Israel and in the way he brings victory over the Philistines. 11And they put the ark of the Lord on the cart and the box with the golden mice and the images of their tumors. 2And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the Lord? Our heritage, offerings, and endeavors can’t save us from His wrath. If it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-shemesh, then it is he who has done us this great harm, but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it happened to us by coincidence.”. And the cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one highway, lowing as they went. Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world. After keeping the Ark for seven months, the Philistines decided to return it to the Israelites together with offerings of expensive gifts upon the advice of their diviners and priests. The answer will be shown in 60 seconds. God is not the cause of the suffering. The temporary sojourn of the ark brought numerous blessings on the house of Obed-edom. We look forward to providing high quality resources for your worship community. And to whom shall he go up away from us?” 21So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiriath-jearim, saying, “The Philistines have returned the ark of the Lord. After he had dealt severely with them, did they not send the people away, and they departed? And they split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord. They included gold tumors and gold mice as a guilt offering. And they split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the. The Rebellious Response: What to do with the Ark (6:1-2) a) The Ark was in the country of the Philistines for Seven Months (v.1) why? We were greeted by Dogma, who informed the rest of the household of our arrival. The Ark of Return: A Virtual Visit. As such, they would march the Ark into battle. The Ark is returned to the Israelites 1 Sam 6:1-18 After seven months of death and disease, the Ark is put on a new wagon drawn by two oxen. tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place. Now then, take and prepare a new cart and two milk cows on which there has never come a yoke, and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them.