In chapters 5 and 6 with the story of the Ark outside of Israelite territory.We see the power of God on display. God can’t be subdued by any foreign people or god:
2 Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. 3 When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the LORD!
Even when the Ark returns to Israel, he can’t be domesticated. He is Holy and can’t be treated lightly:
9 But God struck down some of the men of Beth Shemesh, putting seventy of them to death because they had looked into the ark of the LORD.
Chapter 5 and 6 show God to be the mighty king. He is powerful and holy and can’t be constrained by people, nations or other Gods.
The victory is his alone.
He alone is King.
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