Title: The Ark Is Returned to Beth-shemesh
Artist: Gustave Doré
Copyright: Public Domain
The harvest should be a happy occasion, but the people in Beth Shemesh had every reason to feel fear. The Philistines controlled Israel. At any moment, soldiers might come from Philistia to demand some, or all, of the grain. So, the workers would have watched the road from Philistia very carefully. Suddenly, someone saw a cart which was moving quickly across the border from Philistia. After 7 months in a foreign country, the ark was back in Israel at last. God had not forgotten his people in Israel.