1 Samuel 6 talks about how the Phillies returned the ark to Israel, and at a great cost – not only in lives lost because of taking it, but the “guilt” offering that had to accompany it on its return.
1 When the ark of the LORD had been in Philistine territory seven months, 2 the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD ? Tell us how we should send it back to its place.”
3 They answered, “If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it away empty, but by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you will know why his hand has not been lifted from you.”
It got me thinking how costly it is to mess with God. I’m reminded of the scripture that says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
It also got me thinking about the whole concept of “guilt offering.” Not sure how applicable it is since the Phillies were not God followers to begin with, and they stole something from God. But – have I stolen anything from God? Is it more costly to give back PLUS the guilt offering?
Something to think about…