by Rev Joel Yong
1 Samuel 7:1-2
The men of Kiriath Jearim came to take the LORD’s ark and brought it into Abinadab’s house on the hill. They gave Abinadab’s son Eleazar the holy occupation of guarding the LORD’s ark. A long time passed after the ark came to stay at Kiriath Jearim. For 20 years the entire nation of Israel mournfully sought the LORD.
Eleazar was given the task of guarding the Ark.
And it remained there until David came to power and sought to bring it to Jerusalem.
It wasn’t an ideal situation. The Ark belonged elsewhere and was in transit.
A long transit.
Eleazar didn’t have the important task of a chief priest or a temple Levite. He was just the watchman over the interim transit of the Ark.
And boy did he end up doing it for a long time.
I wonder if he felt it was rewarding.
I wonder if he pondered how long it would be until they moved the Ark and he could embark on another task.
Perhaps you are in a vocation that is like that.
You were picked for a task and they told you it was going to be a temporary task but it seems to be spanning longer than you had hoped.
I would urge you to be faithful to the task.
Who knows what would have happened if Eleazar abandoned his post and when David came for the Ark, he would be greeted with “Uh we kinda lost the Ark.”
Some tasks seem small and they seem unrewarding but they play a great role in the grand scheme of things.
To watch the Ark for 20 years- while the people of Israel learnt lessons in repentance. I think that is a worthy task.
For Israel to treat the Ark in contempt- it would have meant their destruction.
So the separation was necessary.
Eleazar was performing a crucial role for the sake of Israel’s reconciliation.