Teaching Children About Bible Miracles – The Philistines Are Struck With Tumors Because Of The Ark Of God

Ark Of God

Teaching children about the Bible miracles is important because it helps them to see how nothing is impossible for God.  If God can do miracles in the Bible, He can do them in our children’s lives today.  Here is an easy way to do that interactively.

Today let’s focus on a Bible miracle from the book of 1 Samuel:  The Philistines get Sick and Die because of the Ark (1 Samuel 5:6-12)

The Philistines defeated Israel (God’s People) and captured the Ark of God.  This was the special box where the two tablets of stone containing the 10 commandments was carried.  The Ark symbolized God’s presence with the Israelites.  When the Philistines stole it, they didn’t know what trouble they were getting into…

Ask the children…

What happened to the Philistines because they had the Ark of God?

“Then the LORD’s heavy hand struck the people of Ashdod and the nearby villages with a plague of tumors.” (1 Samuel 5:6)

What did the Philistines do as a result?

“When the people realized what was happening, they cried out, ‘We can’t keep the Ark of the God of Israel here any longer! He is against us! We will all be destroyed along with Dagon, our god.’”  (1 Samuel 5:7)

God miraculously showed the Philistines that not only could their God Dagon not stand in His presence, but they couldn’t be in His presence or they would be destroyed.  Only the blood of Christ can  cleanse us and make us pure enough to be in God’s presence.  What a gift from God who has always wanted to be in the presence of His people.

Now you can see how Bible miracles are God’s way of blessing the world.  Glory to Him!!!

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  


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About Liz Hagler

Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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