From The Pastor's Study

March

1 Samuel 4:11 - And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.

I grew up in the ’70s and knew a lot of people who had a rabbit’s foot as a good luck charm.  If something good happened throughout their day, they would credit the rabbit’s foot.  As if the good luck did not come from their hard work, discipline, study habits etc.…I have talked with many sports fans who believe their jersey or blue socks is/are the key ingredient in their team’s success.  In the summer of 88, my brother, friend, and I drove from Cincinnati, Ohio to Washington D. C. for the weekend.  I remember when we finally made it back home and parked the car in the lot of the apartment complex we lived in, patting the car on the hood and praising the car for a job well done.  Even now, I laugh at my ignorance believing that 1986 Ford Escort was able to rise above having no oil change, tune-up, or new breaks and get me to Washington D. C. and back safely.  Evidently, twentieth and twenty-first century America is not the only ones that lived with good luck charms.  During the time of the Judges, the Israelites viewed God as a rabbit’s foot or their lucky blue socks.  They thought they could pull God out whenever they needed a victory.  The Lord in 1 Samuel 4:11 took umbrage with the Philosophy of being used as a good luck charm.  

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