As promised, here is an encouraging update from our Cry for Justice Prayer Group!
This Friday (yesterday), God reminded us of Dagon, an idol worshipped by the Philistines. God wasn’t intimidated by this “god”, though (small g – because Dagon isn’t really a god; it’s an idol). It was just a thing that the Philistines were putting before God, and this is why Dagon had to be knocked down….literally! hehehe…
The Philistines defeated the Israelites, and the Israelites obviously weren’t happy with this. They wanted the power of their God, and they went to get it! They got the ark of God from Shiloh and brought it to their camp. When the ark arrived, the Israelites whooped and hollered and cheered. WOOOOHOOO!!!! The Philistines heard all this victory shouting, and they got scared. Ha! Listen to their response!
“And when they (the Philistines) learned that the ark of the Lord had come to the camp, the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “A god has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before. Woe to us! Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with every sort of plague in the wilderness.” – 1 Samuel 4:6-8
Ha! This is sweet to me, because I see that the Philistines feared God, even though they didn’t truly know or understand who He was. BUT, they saw His WARRIOR CHARACTER.
The Philistine’s response to their fear of the WARRIOR God was to man up. Haha! “Take courage and be men, O Philistines…” … “…be men and fight” – 1 Samuel 4:9.
The Philistines fought the Israelites, and the Israelites were slaughtered. Literally. “And there was a very great slaughter, for there fell of Isreal thirty thousand foot soldiers.” – 1 Samuel 4:10
The worst part about this is that the Philistines got the trophy (not literally). What they got was even better! …the ark of God. They took it to Ashdod and the Philistines put the ark of God in the house of Dagon and put it up beside Dagon. From my understanding, this is a sign of showing who’s boss. It’s like stealing the Cyclones mascot and putting it under Herky’s shoe. It’s a symbol of one “god” conquering.
Funny thing about this is, the God of Israel (our God) isn’t a God to be trifled with. That’s right! He’s a jealous God (jealous for His glory) [Nahum 1:2] and will not take defeat as the answer. So what happens???….
When the people of Ashdod get up the next morning, they see Dagon ON HIS FACE! Bahaha!!!
“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.” – 1 Samuel 5:3
A spoof right? Maybe….so, they try again. They put Dagon back up.
“So they took Dagon and put him back in his place.” (verse 3)
Haha…my favorite part – our God is undefeatable! Check this out! …
“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.” (verse 4)
Ha! All this goes to show how BIG our God is! HE IS A WARRIOR! HE WILL NOT TAKE DEFEAT! HE IS SO BIG!