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Sunday, March 23 2014
1 Samuel 6: The Return Of The Ark
"The Philistines have brought again The Ark of the LORD"
The Philistines captured The Ark (see Exodus 37: The Tabernacle Furnishings and Turning The Tables) after the Israelites wrongfully removed it from the Tabernacle (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle) and took it into battle (see 1 Samuel 4: The Capture Of The Ark). The Israelite battle loss was brought about by the LORD for their disobedience to His Command and to fulfill the prophesied fall of the house of Eli (see 1 Samuel 2: The Prophecy Of The House Of Eli). The Philistines themselves however soon experienced the wrath of the LORD because they had taken The Ark (see 1 Samuel 5: Why Did The Philistines Want To Return The Ark?).
When the Philistines had enough, they pleaded to their "priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place"?
"6:1 And the ark of the LORD [Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God] was in the country of the Philistines seven months. 6:2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place.
The Divine Will signs then happened. The two Philistine cows, who had never been hitched to a cart before, freely left their bellowing calves that had been taken away from them and went straight to where they had never been before - to the Israelites.
"6:10 And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home: 6:11 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods. 6:12 And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Bethshemesh.
This Day In History, March 23
1324: German emperor Louis IV was excommunicated by Pope John XXII (see Emperors and Popes).
1400: The Tran Dynasty of Vietnam was deposed after 175 years of rule.
1534: Pope Clement declared that the marriage of King Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon was still in effect. The marriage was ended in Britain the year before, and Henry had then married Anne Boleyn. To accommodate his repeated marriages and divorces, Henry eventually created the Church of England with himself as the head.
1540: The Waltham Abbey was surrendered to King Henry VIII of England. It was the last Church of Rome religious community to be shut during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
1568: The Peace of Longjumeau was signed, ending the second phase of the French Wars of Religion.
1657: France and England formed an alliance against Spain.
1801: Russian Czar Paul I was assassinated.
1808: Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Joseph took the throne of Spain.
1821: The Battle and fall of the city of Kalamata during the Greek War of Independence.
1849: After the Austrians had been victorious at Novara, Charles Albert of Sardinia abdicated in favor of Victor Emmanuel II.
1877: John Doyle Lee, a Mormon fanatic, was executed by firing squad for masterminding the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre in which 127 Arkansas Methodists bound for California were killed by Mormon settlers and Paiute Indians.
1879: The Battle of Topater, the first battle of the War of the Pacific between Chile and the allied forces of Bolivia and Peru.
1918: The immense German artillery gun, "Big Bertha," shelled Paris from a distance of 75 miles / 120 kilometers.
1919: Mussolini founded his Fascist Party.
1925: Tennessee banned the teaching of evolution in public schools in the state. Teacher John Scopes ignored the ban and was later tried in what became known as "The Scopes Monkey Trial" (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1933: The German Reichstag (Parliament) passed an "enabling law" that gave Hitler and the Nazi Party the sweeping dictatorial powers they had been seeking (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1956: Pakistan became the first official Islamic republic in the world.
1966: Archbishop of Canterbury Arthur Michael Ramsey met Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in Rome - the first meeting between the heads of the two churches in 400 years.
1983: Dr. Barney Clark, a retired dentist, died 112 days after being the first human to receive a mechanical heart.
2001: The Russian space station Mir was brought down out of orbit after 15 years. It burned up in re-entry and crashed into the Pacific Ocean.