1 Samuel 5:1-4, 6-12
1 Samuel 5:3
The true God would not endure that an idol should stand erect in the same temple with his ark, therefore down it must go. The ark was brought into the house as a captive, but immediately became a Conqueror. If the Lord, by his Spirit, comes into the human heart, sin soon falls before him.
1 Samuel 5:3
It was a wretched god that needed setting up. If idolatry did not make men foolish, they would see the absurdity of their conduct.
1 Samuel 5:4
The second fall was greater than the first, for the fish-god was broken, and only his scaly tail remained. The head and hands which symbolised wisdom and power were dashed to atoms. Thus does grace in the heart destroy the sovereignty and energy of sin.
1 Samuel 5:10-12
This disease was not only extremely painful but was meant to put the Philistines to shame, because they insolently dared to seize the ark of God. How glad they would have been to be rid of their captive, which even in captivity triumphed over them.
In the Psalms we have a summary of this part of Israel’s history. Let us read it—Psalm 78:48-66.
Psalm 78:59, 60
Shiloh was abandoned, the ark never returned to it, and the place became such a desolation that not one stone was left upon another. The candlestick was removed out of its place.
Psalm 78:61, 62
And the Lord
The wife of Phinehas was too much burdened with a heavier sorrow to be able to lament for her husband.
Psalm 78:65, 66
Not long shall wickedness triumph. God is evermore victorious.