“The heathen shall fear the name of the Lord.”

1 Samuel 6:1-10, 12-15, 19-21

1 Samuel 6:3

Right wisely did they judge that some acknowledgment of their fault must accompany the return of the ark. If men would be forgiven they must in all possible ways make reparation: even heathens feel this.

1 Samuel 6:6

It is probable that a plague of mice had devoured their crops while hemorrhoids had afflicted their bodies, they therefore acknowledged Jehovah’s hand in both judgments.

1 Samuel 6:12

How wondrously God guided these poor beasts; they went of their own accord away from their calves, lamenting them as they went along, and without a driver they chose the road to the nearest city of the Levites. Who can doubt a special providence in this matter?

1 Samuel 6:13

Astonished above measure they must have been to see it brought without human hands to them. God would have them see his hand conspicuously revealed.

1 Samuel 6:19

God who smote his enemies for their blasphemy, also smites his own people for their presumption. He will be had in reverence of all them that are about him. Let us never trifle with holy things.

1 Samuel 6:20

Thus instead of confessing their own sin, they laid the blame at the door of God’s exceeding great holiness, even as bad men nowadays complain of the preciseness of religion.


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