Tuesday 20 September, 2016

A runner arrives from the battlefront with devastating news. Israel is defeated, the Ark of God captured & Eli’s sons killed. At the news, Eli himself dies. Then his daughter-in-law goes into labour and also dies. The prophecies of the death & judgement upon Eli & his family given in 2:27-34 & again in 3:11-14 are fulfilled.

The Ark – the glory of God – the presence of God as Israel knew it, is gone. This is the first time the Ark has been taken from Israel. This is what Eli and his daughter-in-law reacted to, God was gone.

We don’t ever have to have that fear. Jesus and the presence of God can not be taken from us by force. No matter where we go His presence is already there, it goes along with us and through the Holy Spirit lives in us. I can no longer imagine life without God, He is my constant, always with me, and my life with Him will never end.

I am forever grateful.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

2 replies
  1. Zoe Stewart says:

    So Good!! We are so blessed! Forever together never to be seperated. Not in life or in death. Thanks Suzie for this reminder today.

  2. Richard says:

    1 Samuel 4:12-22

    A battle is waged and Israel is defeated. The sons of Eli are killed and importantly the Ark of the Covenant is captured.

    For Israel the Ark of the Covenant was the very presence of God with them. When it was in the temple or the tabernacle then God was present to the Israelites. If for some reason it was captured then there were problems, God had left the nation and that meant His blessing and favour had gone, His protection withdrawn.

    This was the first time the Ark had been captured from the Israelites and Eli the leader of the nation knew what it meant. So concerned was he that he fell off his chair in shock and horror and died. For Eli to lose the Ark was to lose God, a prospect so terrible he did not want to contemplate it.

    For me this begs the question about my desire for the Holy Spirit to dwell in me. Do I crave the Holy Spirit’s indwelling? Do I look to make the Holy Spirit welcome in my life through my actions and attitudes or do I grieve the Holy Spirit. David, after his sin with Bathsheba, famously says “do not take your Holy Spirit from me” in Ps. 51.

    I need to crave the Lord being with me. To take decisions and actions that truly give room for the Spirit to be at work in me.

    Father help me to bring honour and glory to You. May I live in a manner that makes the Holy Spirit truly welcome in my life.

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