Sh’mu’el Alef (1 Samuel) Chapter 6

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Vav- hook; redemption and transformation. Stands for man created on the sixth day, etc.

Sh’mu’el Alef 6:1 Now the ark of the L-RD had been in the country of the P’lishtim seven months. And the P’lishtim called for the priests and the diviners, saying, "What shall we do with the ark of the L-RD? Tell us how we shall send it to its place." And they said, "If you send away the ark of the G-d of Israel, do not send it empty; but you shall surely return to Him a guilt offering. Then you shall be healed and it shall be known to you why His hand is not removed from you." Then they said, "What shall be the guilt offering which we shall return to Him?" And they said, "Five golden tumors and five golden mice according to the number of the lords of the P’lishtim, for one plague was on all of you and on your lords. So you shall make likenesses of your tumors and likenesses of your mice that ravage the land, and you shall give glory to the G-d of Israel; perhaps He will ease His hand from you, your gods, and your land.

The guilt offering they decided on was not the one that G-d ordained for Israel. It is interesting though that the Egyptians had to give gold so the judgment from the L-rd would leave them and we see the same kind of thing here. During the end times gold will not keep the world from the judgments of the L-rd.

Tz’fanyah (Zephaniah) 1:17-18 And I will bring distress on men, So that they will walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the L-RD; And their blood will be poured out like dust, And their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord's wrath; and all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, for He will make a complete end, indeed a terrifying one, of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Sh’mu’el Alef 6:6 Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He had severely dealt with them, did they not allow the people to go, and they departed? "Now therefore take and prepare a new cart and two milk cows on which there has never been a yoke; and hitch the cows to the cart and take their calves home, away from them.

They were never yoked before and would not adapt to the job of hauling the ark without someone to guide them. This shows the L-rd was leading them for they should not move if not familiar with a yoke. Also they took their calves away. The cows should have wanted to follow their calves. So when they went in a different direction, it also showed it was the L-rd’s doing because they would have naturally stayed with their calves.

Sh’mu’el Alef 6:8-14 And take the ark of the L-RD and place it on the cart; and put the articles of gold which you return to Him as a guilt offering in a box by its side. Then send it away that it may go. And watch, if it goes up by the way of its own territory to Beit-Shemesh, then He has done us this great evil. But if not, then we shall know that it was not His hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance." Then the men did so, and took two milk cows and hitched them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home. And they put the ark of the L-RD on the cart, and the box with the golden mice and the likenesses of their tumors. And the cows took the straight way in the direction of Beit-Shemesh; they went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right or to the left. And the lords of the P’lishtim followed them to the border of Beit-Shemesh. Now the people of Beit-Shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley, and they raised their eyes and saw the ark and were glad to see it. And the cart came into the field of Y’hoshua the Beit-Shemite and stood there where there was a large stone; and they split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the L-RD.

This may be a foreshadowing of Yeshua taken off the execution stake and into his tomb (arc) which was eventually covered with a large stone. The cart could represent the execution stake. The poles that carry the arc represent the execution stake but they were not used here. We know the wood here represents His humanity. The cart then stops right next to a rock for some reason. The gold tumors and mice are put in a box and the mice represented the lords of the P’lishtim. G-d always does things for a purpose. This rock could also represent the Messiah as pictured in the book of Daniel. The rock destroys the five kingdoms on the statue of gold, etc. The gold mice here represent five lords who ruled over five cities that have come against the arc or Yeshua who is the rock. I cannot be dogmatic about the hidden meaning here because it is so vague and short but we have seen this kind of pictures before in short sentences. After awhile you see a pattern of foreshadowing that emerges in the Scriptures. What is also important is the fact that it is the time of the harvest and this will also be the case in the last days when G-d’s judgment comes on the earth and Yeshua comes to destroy those who oppose Him.

Daniel 2:31-35 "You, O king, were looking and look, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome. "The head of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. "You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay, and crushed them. "Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

1 Corinthians 10:1-4 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and all were immersed into Moshe in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Messiah.

Revelation 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Put in your sickle and reap, because the hour to reap has come, because the HARVEST of the earth is ripe."

Sh’mu’el Alef 6:15-19 And the Levites took down the ark of the L-RD and the box that was with it, in which were the articles of gold, and put them on the large stone; and the men of Beit-Shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices that day to the L-RD. And when the five lords of the P’lishtim saw it, they returned to Ekron that day. And these are the golden tumors which the P’lishtim returned for a guilt offering to the L-RD: one for Ashdod, one for Azah, one for Ashkelon, one for Gat, one for Ekron; and the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the P’lishtim belonging to the five lords, both of fortified cities and of country villages. The large stone on which they set the ark of the L-RD is a witness to this day in the field of Y’hoshua the Beit-Shemite. And He struck down some of the men of Beit-Shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the L-RD. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men, and the people mourned because the L-RD had struck the people with a great slaughter.

The L-rd takes out a large number of men. Seems to be too large a number for this village. There may have been an error in translation or may not be an error. It does happen but never to the point that there is a change in the meaning of a passage. Josephus speaks of only seventy as having been killed. (Ant. Vi. 1,4) Interestingly, the same number Yeshua picked out to take in the harvest of men. It really doesn’t matter the meaning is not changed if there was an error or not.

Sh’mu’el Alef 6:20-21 And the men of Beit-shemesh said, "Who is able to stand before the L-RD, this holy G-d? And to whom shall He go up from us?" So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiryat-Yearim, saying, "The P’lishtim have brought back the ark of the L-RD; come down and take it up to you."