It seems like no one wants the Ark. There seems to be a desire to have the Ark if they can wield its power, but when God’s power is unbridled and does not fit into the selfish plans of the tenants, the Ark is not wanted. Have you noticed a respect theme in the Old Testament? God wants respect and he demands it from his people. Disrespect=death. I wonder what God thinks of our Christian culture; the making of religious junk (trinkets) like fish for our cars, koozies and clever t-shirts for profit and the building of expensive churches for the comfort and enjoyment of the attendees. God is the same God today as he was in 1 Samuel. His character does not change. He is a jealous God and I’m afraid we are giving him much to be jealous of.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.