Bruce and the Ark of the Covenant

This morning I was reading from I Samuel 5 and 6 about the Philistines after they captured the Ark of the Covenant and had taken it back to their land. At Ashdod, the Philistines took the Ark right into the temple of their God Dagon and sat it down beside Dagon. In the morning they found Dagon lying face down in front of the Ark. They reset everything and the next morning they found Dagon face down, but this time his head and hands had broken off and they were lying in the doorway. Shortly after this, the people of the town started to break out in tumors. More and more people were being afflicted until they sent the Ark to the city of Gath. The people of Gath started getting tumors so they sent the Ark on its way to Ekron. When the people of Ekron saw it coming they begged their rulers to send it back to Israel so “it won’t kill us.”

The Ark of the Covenant was the place where the tablets containing the Ten Commandments were laid and where Moses heard from God between the two cherabim seated on the top of the  Ark. When at rest the Ark spend its days in the Holy of Holies, the place of God in the Tabernacle.

How the Ark foiled the enemy made me think of Bruce Olson. Bruce was a missionary to the Bari people of Columbia. So many Bari had accepted Jesus as their Savior as a result of Bruce’s obedience to the Lord that the whole tribal infrastructure was becoming self-supporting and wise in the ways of the world through education and preparation. Because he was so influential, Bruce was kidnapped in the mountain jungles of Colombia and detained for nine months as a political prisoner by communist guerillas. Hoping to win him as a valuable communist leader, the communists attempted to indoctrinate him through daily political dialogues. Much to the guerilla leaders’ dismay, however, Bruce became a source of fascination among the young recruits in training. Many of them began to join Olson in prayer and Bible study. As many as 60 communist guerillas eventually gave their lives to Christ and lost their zeal for communist ideology. Bruce’s refusal to join ranks with the communists earned him death threats and he narrowly escaped execution by a firing squad. Fearing the reprisal of a united war effort of 50 jungle tribes, the guerilla leaders released Olson in the summer of 1989. The Indian tribes of Colombia had united against the guerillas in a war-pledge to defend Olson’s cause if he was executed. The unity of the Indian tribes behind one white man was unprecedented in Colombia’s history.

Ah, the power of God. Whether it be tumors or a loss of guerilla leaders through conversion, God’s ways can make people uncomfortable and change things so much that the enemy’s only recourse is to get rid of Him. The Philistines sent the Ark back to Israel. The communist guerillas sent Bruce back to the Colombians who loved him. When the Ark arrived back in Beth-shemesh, the people immediately set up an altar, used the cart on which it was transported for fireword and sacrificed the bulls who pulled the cart in celebration. When Bruce was released he found that he had become a national hero in Colombia. In the major cities, articles demanding Olson’s release had appeared almost daily in the newspapers. Olson’s courageous stance against the guerillas was one of the key factors which inspired the common citizens of Colombia to take a bolder, tougher stance against the drug cartels.

Today I see churches all over the city and suburban areas where I live rising up to help thousands of people here who lost everything during the flash flooding we experienced over the weekend.  God is on the move again. This time He is in my neighborhood and I am very happy to see Him.

God bless,



6 comments on “Bruce and the Ark of the Covenant

    • Dear Andrea,

      I was only affected seeing others affected. I was completely untouched otherwise. I have the best friends who are leading the way in outreach through the churches. I just do what they tell me to do. Right now I am gathering flood buckets for distribution. We took sandwiches and gallon jugs of water immediately. People are trapped, cars flooded, no phone service, water contaminated, electric service spotty… Sandwiches and water took on a whole meaning these past few days, and along with them, we may get to share the “bread of life” and “living water”.

      I’m glad to hear you were spared, too,
      Jesus hugs to all of you,

  1. I love the ways in which God works!!! And your post today, Dawn, was such an encouraging one! Just to know that He sees situations long before we do and works it all out, setting the players just where they need to be at any given moment. The story of Bruce Olson is an amazing one,indeed. Thank you for sharing this. I can only pray that I would remain true, firm, and strong in the face of such adversity, knowing that God has His plans in motion!!!

  2. Dear Cora,

    Thanks for reading, O Faithful One. I just didn’t have the energy yesterday to post. I felt a bit better after I went to Ann’s and discovered she didn’t have her regular Walk with Him Wednesday format to link to today for a similar reason. I love your encouragement. When fatigue sets in, the warm hugs of others who know you fairly well are very important. Your hug came through.

    Together we will prepare for the coming times of adversity,

  3. I stopped by yesterday and read but did not have time to comment. I love how both stories, the one ancient and the other relatively new, tell the same story. So many scriptures come to mind here, but the main thought is “if God be for us, who can be against us”. Sometimes it is in the rising up against us of our enemies, that God proves in a dramatic way that He is for us.
    I believe God is moving in your area. I remember hearing a prophetic teacher say about a year ago to pay attention to areas that have been hit with floods in the natural . . . that there would be a flood of the Spirit of God moving in those same places. Also while I was praying regarding the flooding in your area, I felt like God was saying that the waters were reaching some very dry places in the spirit and “seeds” that had been lying dormant for years would germinate and sprout and be fruitful . . . just felt like I was supposed to share that.

    Abundant grace to you as you pour it out on the needy,
    Andrea Dawn

  4. Andrea Dawn,

    Thank you for this prophetic word. People were flooded that had never even had water in their basements before. It was an odd happening. Those who were wiped out in !936 and 1972 were untouched. Yes, literally the dry ground has been hit. I see that in the natural. Thanks for giving me the spiritual eyes, too.

    I am claiming the word on rising up against our enemies for my work situation. I can see a real separating of the sheep and goats. I pray to remain faithful.

    Bless you and, again, thank you for sharing this prophetic word,

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