February 13, 1 Samuel 4:12-22
A lot of people die in this chapter and the primary reason is because Israel was disobedient. God totally eliminated Eli's immediate family. It's a sad situation that Israel is now without a priest and the ark is gone. It will be gone for some time and the reality is that Israel has been without a real priest for a long time. They do however have Samuel, considered to be a prophet, priest and judge all in one. Again the question of how a foreign nation could capture and carry the ark, the only answer I have is that God did this to glorify Himself.