“No, You Take it”
Have you ever had a conversation like this? You take it, no you take it, no, you take it.
I guess many times instead of these words we might say, I want it, no, I want it.
When the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant, they thought that was pretty cool.
However, it soon became an object of horror.
Whenever the ark went, tumors and death were the results for the ones who had captured the Ark.
You are invited to read the following verses.
1 Samuel 5
1 After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.
2 Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon.
3 When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! They took Dagon and put him back in his place.
4 But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained.
5 That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon’s temple at Ashdod step on the threshold.
6 The Lord’s hand was heavy upon the people of Ashdod and its vicinity; he brought devastation upon them and afflicted them with tumors.
7 When the men of Ashdod saw what was happening, they said, “The ark of the god of Israel must not stay here with us, because his hand is heavy upon us and upon Dagon our god.”
8 So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and asked them, “What shall we do with the ark of the god of Israel?”
They answered, “Have the ark of the god of Israel moved to Gath.” So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.
9 But after they had moved it, the Lord’s hand was against that city, throwing it into a great panic. He afflicted the people of the city, both young and old, with an outbreak of tumors.
10 So they sent the ark of God to Ekron.
As the ark of God was entering Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, “They have brought the ark of the god of Israel around to us to kill us and our people.”
11 So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, “Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it will kill us and our people.” For death had filled the city with panic; God’s hand was very heavy upon it. 12 Those who did not die were afflicted with tumors, and the outcry of the city went up to heaven.
Even, when the ark gets back to Israel, some people lose their
lives because they look in it, later because they move it incorrectly.
So many people think that God does not really care how we live and what we do.
I pray that we as others come to understand, that you do not mess around with God.
You have probably heard the phrase when someone pulls a trick on another person; they might say I was just messing with you.
Do not be messing with the Lord God.
Instead, let Him be your Savior, let Him be the one Who changes you for His good.
I have taken Him as my Lord and Savior. I pray that you have too. I pray that all my family, all my friends, all the people of this world might say I will take Him, take Him as my Lord and Savior too.