God afflicts the Philistines with tumors wherever the ark goes for 7 months. Dagon falls broken before the ark. THey send it back with offerings showing their belief that their afflictions were from Yahweh, God of Israel. It winds up in Beth-Shemesh, but some of them look into the ark and die.
How this is about Jesus
- The ark was a portable temple at the time, and Jesus is the living temple now. In Jesus' day and now, we are tempted to USE Jesus to get our agenda done.
- Even Gentiles acknowledged the divine source of Jesus' works.
Don't treat Jesus or religious objects like magic charms.
Set your heart on seeing God honored among people (4:13, 18).
Do not pry irreverently into the things of God (6:19).