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April 4, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 5 (ESV)

When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day......Continue Reading

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  1. 7And when the men of Ashdod saw how things were, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for his hand is hard against us and against Dagon our god.

  2. What a great chapter this is. One of my favorites. When you consider that having the ark of the covenant didn’t bring the Israelites victory, one might wonder if there was a problem with the ark. This chapter shows there is no lack of power there, or more specifically in the God of the covenant. He is above all gods and the Philistines and the priests of Dagon see it first hand. How sad when you have to pick up your god and put him back in his place. And yet they don’t switch their allegiance. Confronted with a clear demonstration of greater power, they don’t say, “Forget about Dagon, let’s worship this God of the ark”. I wonder how many modern parallels there are to that when you consider what goes on in people’s hearts when God makes His presence or glory know and they say…no thank you, I’ll stick with my god, usually the god of self.

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