Study 6 From the Book of 1 Samuel is: 1 Samuel 5:1-7:2
- Read the story of 5:1-5 in the light of Je. 10:1-16. Contrast the idols with the Lord of host. How ought such evidence to influence our fears and our faith?
- Because the ark of the Lord was associated with His law (cf. Dt. 31:9), it was also associated with judgment—as in this passage. Why did such a dire punishment fall on the men of Beth-shemesh, and with what result? Cf. Ex. 19:21; Heb. 12:28, 29; and see Note 2 below.
- 5:6, 12; 6:4, 5. The association of tumors and mice suggests and our break of bubonic plague.
- 6:19. The ark, according to God’s command, was to be kept closely covered, when not in the Holy of Holies. Cf. Nu. 4:5, 6, 15, 20.