Of all the captivating stories of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel, I found one in particular most fascinating. When the Philistines took the Ark of the Covenant.
This surprised me for various reasons. First off, Israel was losing the battle against the Philistines. I was annoyed that new generation of Israelites had fallen of glory, again, which made Yahweh allow them to be defeated. Then when the Isrealites tried to win the battle by bringing the Ark of the Covenant, they were still defeated. Not only were they defeated but the Ark was taken as a war trophy. My biggest issue with this is that after everything they had been through: the detailed instructions, the building, the sacrificing, carrying it through the wilderness, Yahweh allowed his sacred place be captured.
My first instinct is to follow the pattern that the books previously had and assume it was some type of lesson. However, all it did was bring curses upon the lands where it transported. The Israelites learned nothing from this lesson.
So why did Yahweh allow the Ark of the Covenant to be captured?
After further looking into the reasoning for Yahweh taking something where He dwelled, I found that it actually could be considered an lesson for the Isrealities. One of Yahwehs commands was to not worship idols. By bringing out the Ark only when they felt they were loosing was like bringing out a good luck charm. This was not how Yahweh intended for the Ark to work. Therefore, by taking it away, they were learning that Yahweh was serious about his commands. (http://enduringword.com)
“Another reason Yahweh might Yahweh allowed the Ark of the Covenant to be seized so its powers could be made manifest to the Philistines, a Gentile nation, and to Israel. In other words, the Ark being subject to Philistine captivity typifies mankind’s souls being subject to evil spirits’ negativity.” http://www.plim.org/arkofcovenant.html.
After the ark was captured Eli’s two sons died and Eli died from hearing that. Once the “glory” had left Israel the people were being judged by Samuel. (http://www.bibleexplained.com). This means that the Ark was still cherished by the Israelites even though it was gone. This shows us the Israelites once more have remorse for falling back into old patterns.