The Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant, the sacred chest that contained the tablets of the Ten Commandments. So special was the Ark that when it was stolen, it was as though the Philistines took God as a prisoner of war! As a response, look at what happened to Dagon, the statue of the god of the Philistines!
In contrast to all the noise of battles and wars, something lovely happens. Cows pull the wooden cart that carries the Ark back to God’s people. There is no human driver. Listen in the silence to the hobbling of the wheels and the mooing of the cows as slowly the Ark makes its way back home again to God’s people.
Animals can be a special sign of God’s presence. Are there any animals that come to mind that God is using so that you can sense the presence of God?
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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
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