I Samuel 7
1. Then the men of Kirjath Jearim came and took the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.
The men of Kirjath-jearim accept the task of keeping the ark of the LORD. They come to Beth Shemesh and take it, bringing it back to their city. They put it in the house of a man named Abinadab, which means “Noble Father.” His house was on the hill in Kirjath Jearim. They take his son Eleazar, which means “God Has Helped,” and set him apart to “keep” or guard the ark.
2. So it was that the ark remained in Kirjath Jearim a long time; it was there twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.
The ark remains there a long time. It was not just there twenty years either, as this seems to indicate. It was there twenty years, until the events we are now going to read about took place. Then, it was there all during Samuel’s tenure as judge. Then, it was there during the forty years of Saul’s reign as king. Finally, it was there during the first part of David’s reign, until he brought it up from there. If we add all this time together, we will see that the ark was in this place for the better part of a century.
Twenty years pass, and the house of Israel finally laments after Jehovah. They had to be oppressed by the Philistines a long time before they finally turned back to their God! Read the rest of this entry »