And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”
I Samuel 4:22 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
1 Samuel 4:22 (AMP) — She said, The glory is gone from Israel, for the ark of God has been taken.
1 Samuel 4:22 (MSG) —“Glory is exiled from Israel since the Chest of God was taken.”
1 Samuel 4:22 (NIRV) — She said, “The God of glory has left Israel.” She said it because the ark of God had been captured.
We see a great urgency and need to experience the presence of God in a real way in our times. The Bible in this portion mentions a time in which Israel was left without the ark. 1 Samuel 7:2 mentions that for twenty years Israel lamented, for living without the ark in their midst, “So it was that the ark remained in Kirjath Jearim a long time; it was there twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord”.
Why was the ark of God so important? What did the ark represent in the midst of His people? We see that the ark, not only represented the glory of God, but it was also where His presence dwelt. Israel had the privilege of having the presence of God in their midst! But they lost this blessing due to the sin in their lives. They had taken the presence of God for granted, they did not value the privilege of having the glory of God dwelling with them. They forgot that “When God leaves, so does God’s glory, and with it, the source of all good” (M Henry).
On this year 2016 we must be careful to not lose the ark of God in our lives. Never let anyone or anything rob us of God’s presence. If for a moment we have allowed sin to steal the ark of God, there is hope! Come back to God. Just as Israel did in 1 Samuel 7:6, “and gathered at Mizpah, … and fasted that day, and said there, We have sinned against the Lord …” The Lord desires to revive us once again, and fill us with His glory , if only we repent before Him and return. God promises to restore His glory upon us. Let us pray that we never, not even for a day, live without the ark of God in our lives!
1 Samuel 4:21 (NKJV) — Then she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband.
Numbers 12:10 (NKJV) — And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper.
Psalms 78:61 (NKJV) — And delivered His strength into captivity, And His glory into the enemy’s hand.
1 Samuel 7:2 (NKJV) — So it was that the ark remained in Kirjath Jearim a long time; it was there twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.