Even the Philistines tried to respect the God of Israel

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.10.2019 – Old Testament: 1Sa 6.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 4–6 on April 10, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Israel fought with the Philistines and Israel thought that they would defeat the Philistines simply because Israel had the Ark of God with them, as though it was a good luck charm or something. However, Israel lost. Therefore, the Philistines captured the Ark.

The Ark did not belong to them and they did not know how to care for it, and because of that, the Lord cursed the Philistines. They had to do something, but they did not know what:

Now the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us how we should send it to its place.”

– 1 Samuel 6.1–2

They knew that it did not belong to them, and that they were suffering for having it in their possession. However, they did not know what to do. They eventually came up with a plan on how to return it to Israel. The point is that even the Philistines knew that you do not mishandle the things of God.


  • Have you always treated the things of God properly?
  • Have you changed?

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