Hophni and Phinehas try to manipulate the very hand of God, with the “Ark of the Covenant,” thinking they have him held between a rock and a hard place.
(Much like our abusers do to us, in which we have the “Indwelling of the Holy Spirit” )
See how God lends them over to the “folly of their own ways”, and how God allows their controlling plan to be turned against them.
Thanks to Joe Pote for allowing us to repost this article. You can see the original Abuser Protection article at Joe’s site, Redeemed!
When the people came into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us take to ourselves from Shiloh the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that it may come among us and deliver us from the power of our enemies.” So the people sent to Shiloh, and from there they carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts who sits above the cherubim; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.(1 Samuel 4:3-4)
What’s wrong with this picture? A lot! Everything from blaming God for their defeat in battle to presuming the ark would deliver them…and a lot of other things besides…
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