The Lord had mercy on the Philistines

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.10.2018 – Old Testament: 1Sa 5.10–12

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 4–6 on April 10, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Israel sinned before the Lord and He allowed the Philistines to beat Israel in battle. However, the Philistines also captured the Ark of the Lord, but it did not belong to them and should not have been in the country of the Philistines. Therefore, the Lord cursed the Philistines. The city where the Philistines first sent the Ark did not want it any longer,

Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. So it was, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, “They have brought the ark of the God of Israel to us, to kill us and our people!” So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go back to its own place, so that it does not kill us and our people.” For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. And the men who did not die were stricken with the tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven (1 Samuel 5.10–12).

God heard their cries and allowed the Philistines to escape total destruction and let the lords of the Philistines figure out a way to return the Ark in such a way that the Philistines would conclude that God was the One who had cursed them.


  • What do you think of God showing mercy to the enemies of Christians and the church?
  • If God can show them mercy, can you show them mercy?

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