The ark of God represents the presence of God. It was the symbol of God's power and glory in the nation of Israel. When the bearer of the ark of God allows sin to reign in his heart, the presence of God departs from the ark.
TEXT: 1 Samuel 4:10-11 (NLT)
"So the Philistines fought desperately, and Israel was defeated again. The slaughter was great; 30,000 Israelite soldiers died that day. The survivors turned and fled to their tents. The Ark of God was captured, and Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were