Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. He tells us the truth about fear, and lust, and greed, and anxiety, and jealousy, and pride, and legalism, and unforgiveness, and laziness, and the love of comfort, and the love of praise. And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts. He did it with the Philistines. They will be toppled. Yes, stories like Job tell us that suffering is not always the result of our personal sin. Thus, any victory would ultimately represent the victory of their god over the god of their opponents. Like I asked earlier, can idolatry really exist in the age of I-Pod? broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. But through these events, through the writing of this story, God was showing His people that He is always in complete control. 2 Samuel 5:24. Saul was never willing to acknowledge this and viewed himself as the ultimate authority in Israel. At some point in the night, the statue of Dagon had toppled over. Ekron is not only the first town of the three where it is recorded that people were dying, but it is the only town of the three that comes up with the right solution; they figure out what needs to happen to end this severe cycle of affliction: the ark needs to go back to Israel. There is only one hope for idolaters like us. 16. | 6,197 views. How are you suffering this morning? After an official pow-wow with their leaders, the people of Ashdod finally send the Ark away. was against the city with a very great destruction; and He struck the men of the city, both small and great, and tumors broke out on them. 1 Samuel Sermon Application Questions Sermon Title Sermon Text October 1, 2017 Building Character, Desiring Worship 1 Samuel 26 September 24, 2017 Who is I don't think so. This is the same God who would later send Jonah to the idol worshiping Ninevites to call them to repentance. This week, let's ask God to help us live each day in the supremacy of His holiness, in the reality that He alone is God. 2 Samuel 5:12 is key to understanding why David prospered as Israel"s king. 5:1-5 THE PLACE OF PROFOUND SURRENDER (Ill. After two years of struggle and civil war, all the people of Israel come to David and anoint him to be king over the entire land. Might that pain be the consequence of misplaced, of misdirected worship? One chapter is entitled, “A Place of One's Own.” Gilkey was interned in a Japanese detention camp, along with a diverse group of people, who all had one thing in common -- they were all Westerners. (Revised Version). • David defeated the Jebusites and took their city, Jerusalem, to be his capital (2 Samuel 5:6-16). Verse 5 is simply an interesting bit of trivia that reinforces the historicity of this story. A. Israel was in a horrible spiritual state, and when they went went out to fight against the Philistines, they were defeated. Contributed by Michael Stark on Jul 29, 2017. based on 1 rating. Yahweh, the God of Israel, He alone is God. Box 1671, Buckeye, Arizona. In Chapter 6 we see that they are still wavering and are not completely sure if it was God or just by chance that everywhere they took the Ark of God that the people were struck. God is saying something, not only to the Philistines then, but to every person who would hear this story later. II. 1 Samuel 24:1-15 Faith Waits on God; 1 Samuel 24:16-22 Can Others Trust You? When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. Now since we are coming back to Samuel, I think would be helpful for all of us, me included, to quickly get caught up on what's happened thus far in this story. But when the Ark comes to Gath, the people of that town suffer the same curse of tumors as Ashdod. This morning we are back once again in the book of I Samuel. First, God's word adjusts our perspective by renewing our minds in the truth, by helping us to see things as they really are. Samuel the boy. Seven months of tumors and death! (Romans 15:4). Maybe God is simply making them miserable so they will send the Ark back to Israel. But for the Philistines who found the idol that morning, they must have decided that, however improbable it was, the statue accidentally fell over. 1 Samuel 3:1-10 When God Speaks. Saul knew that his days as king were numbered (1 Samuel … In the presence of our God, no human invention or scheme or ideology or title or achievement or army or any kind of boast that is shaped by lies, carved by deception, fashioned by falsehood, in the presence of our God none of these can stand. Sermon 1 Samuel 3:1-10 When God Speaks. But as we think about our everyday lives, I think there is something else here that flows from this confirmation of God's supremacy as the only true God. Well, that question simply drives us to ask “How did the writer of this book want his original readers' perspective to change?”. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. Do you hear God this morning? 2 Kings . What is clear is that the people finally understood exactly what was happening to them: (v.7) “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for his hand is hard against us and against Dagon our god.”. The Passage: “I Will Speak to My Father about You” (19:1-7) Before we read through these verses, let me remind you of where we are in this story. The hand of the Lord was heavy against the people of Ashdod, and he terrified and afflicted them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory. things you cannot take to war. But oftentimes God must afflict us to drive those truths home. I am sure that everyone has seen the television commercial about E.F. Hutton. One day, after cleaning up from supper, the cook, his assistant, the groundskeeper, and I ended up out behind the dining hall where there was an old tree stump on which someone And the answer to that question seems fairly clear. Here is Dagon, the great Dagon, once again, bowing before Yahweh, with his face in the ground. This is the third time David is anointed for this office. What God is doing here is a form of judgment, but it also a demonstration of mercy. The hand of God was very heavy there. Listen to what the 4th century church leader and theologian Augustine said about how God worked in His life as he chased the idols of the world: "You were always present, angry and merciful at once, strewing the pangs of bitterness over all my lawless pleasures to lead me on to look for others unallied with pain. 1 Samuel 5:11; So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send March 14, 2010 12 The men who did not die were struck with tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven. MP3s by Chapter. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Turn with me to I Samuel chapter 5. 1 Samuel 5:10. Here are the commentaries I found most helpful. Sermons (By Author) Sexuality. 5 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. Listen to what Paul writes to the Christians in Colossae about living for Jesus: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. If the Philistines had any sense, at this point they would have taken the Ark back to Israel as quickly as their little heathen feet would carry them. It's interesting that at the time of I Samuel's composition, even the Philistines had not forgotten about what happened to Dagon. Sin & Temptation. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. DAGON FALLS DOWN. Hannah later took her son to God's sanctuary so that the boy might stay there and grow up serving God. | 114 views. There are no other gods. Even though the Israelites should have known this, they were easily tempted to believe that somehow the Philistines now had the upper hand, that somehow, because the Ark was now is Philistia, somehow God was going to have a harder time helping them. To covet is to devote yourself to pursuit of possessing possessions. This morning we are going to dive into the first seven verses of this chapter. When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 19 And it was told Saul, “Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.” 20 Then Saul sent messengers to take David, and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as head over them, h the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, i and they also prophesied. Turn with me to I Samuel 19. Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. the triumph of a sorrowful spirit. Notice how the judgments are intensifying in I Samuel 5. Dale Ralph Davis (FOTB): the best OT commentator alive today. And the men who did not die were stricken with the tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven. Maybe that's where it would have the most relevance. Social Justice. Contributed by Bala Samson on Oct 9, 2020. I. 3 Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” 4 So the sons of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the LORD alone. . And second, this renewed perspective leads to a change in our practice; how we live is different because of the difference in our perspective. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 1 Samuel 4:21 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "ICHABOD" I. Look at how this Ark Narrative begins. The account we have here in I Samuel 5 is a crystal clear testimony pointing directly to the supremacy of the true God. And, as David prospered, Israel prospered as well. Like a blinding light, God's truth always exposes and topples the sinful creations of fallen man. But, remember, God could have very quickly blasted Philistia right off the map for their sins. Don't we often find ourselves devoted to worry or lust or control or fear or pride or comfort? (1-5) God humiliates the idol Dagon. the sin of rebellion. 2 SAMUEL 11:1. Let me read you just one verse from the New Testament. Best of Friends – 1 Samuel 20:1-42 (David and Jonathan) On the Run – 1 Samuel 21:1-15 (David at Nob and Gath) View from the Cave – 1 Samuel 22:1-5 (The Cave of Adullam) Striking at God – 1 Samuel 22:6-23 (Saul kills the priests of Nob) Find Strength in God – 1 Samuel 23:1-29 (Keilah, Ziph and Maon) Well, even though Dagon, who was probably some kind of grain or harvest deity, even though he is not mentioned before this in Samuel, we know that the people of the ancient Near East believed that when they went out to battle, their god or gods were also going out to fight the god or gods of their enemies. “Covetousness, which is idolatry.” One source defines covetousness like this: “an unreasonable desire for what we do not possess.” But how is it that idolatry? Yahweh, the God of Israel, He alone is God. They may have been boils or, maybe because rats or mice are mentioned in the next chapter, maybe these were the swellings that come with bubonic plague. Then He places Dagon in a position of defeat. Eli = it was a piece of Furniture in the tabernacle, a part of someones tradition or religion, Eli’s sons and the people of Israel used it like a good luck charm, But Eli’s Daughter-in-law saw it as the Glory of God. And they answered, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried away to Gath.” So they carried the ark of the God of Israel away. 2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. He had also been the kings' armor bearer. (Colossians 3:5). 1 Samuel 18:1-4. 1 Samuel 5:9. But as He bore our judgment, He also toppled the power of sin and death. So much of the pain in marriages today comes directly from the worship of pride, or maybe fear. But the God of Israel doesn't need anything. was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He ravaged them and struck them with tumors, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is harsh toward us and Dagon our god.”, They recognize for a moment that it might be God who brought this about, Therefore they sent and gathered to themselves all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?”. ... 2 Samuel . So they took Dagon and set it in its place again. 1 Kings . Look at how the story continues in verses 4 and 5: But when they [the Philistines] 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. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the. Life isn't fair. The first was by Samuel in 1 Sam. And He does it with us. The judgment that God brought against the head and hands of Dagon, was only a shadow of that judgment under which Jesus' head and hands were pierced for us. Saul’s Growing Fear of David - After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. They instantly put the Ark of God at the feet of their idols and what did God do? So the Gathites, without any consultation, pass the Ark to the next town. As we shall see, he can definitely fend for himself. Remember Chapter 4, What was the different views of the Ark of God? The elders asked … In fact, this was not God's first symbolic defeat of Dagon. But of course, the next morning, as they come to worship and give thanks for this victory, the Philistines make a disturbing discovery. Even though God proved His supremacy over Dagon, in spite of the clear supernatural source of their affliction, the Philistines, as we see in verse 7, are still concerned about Dagon. He doesn't need anyone. what the bleating sheep said. So when the Philistines come back the next day, they find a scene that defies any explanations involving accidents or coincidences. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands. But as soon as the ark of God came to Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, “They have brought around to us the ark of the God of Israel to kill us and our people.” 11 They sent therefore and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, that it may not kill us and our people.” For there was a deathly panic throughout the whole city. Speaker: Bryce Morgan Series: Crying for a King (Samuel), Topic: 10 So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. Singles & Courtship. You meant me to find them nowhere but in yourself, O Lord, for you teach us by inflicting pain, you smite us so that you may heal, and you kill us so that we may not die away from you." But again, how does this relate to us in the modern world? • He defeated the Philistines and returned the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5:17 – 6:19), and was successful in numerous other battles (2 Samuel 8-10). But only his torso and legs are laying before the Ark. 1 Samuel 5:10; Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. 2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. Stuff happens right? God was gracious to David in that God placed in his life certain people on whom David could lean during the hard times of life. “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. 1 Samuel 17. Therefore it is a form of idolatry. Practice: Modern Idolatry, Modern Pain. Decapitation was the greatest symbol of humiliation and defeat, and since the hand represented power in those times, Dagon is displayed here as completely powerless. G. Wood. In the Scriptures we discover that God has exposed and put every one of our idols in its proper place. Verse 5 tells us, “That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon’s temple at Ashdod step on the threshold.” (1 Samuel 5:5) I love that! (The Problem of Pain, 1940). The account we have here in I Samuel 5 is a crystal clear testimony pointing directly to the supremacy of the true God. Sermon Manuscripts & MP3s (By Scripture) Sermon on the Mount. … I Samuel Aren't we capable of turning anything or anyone into an idol? Jesus should full command over the situation, God was in full control even though the Ark was captured. Because it is a self-contained unit and doesn't include any of the characters who have been mentioned in the book thus far, it is traditionally called “The Ark Narrative”. And not many years after this, after another one of their military victories, we read in I Chronicles 10:10 that the Philistines put his [Saul's] armor in the temple of their gods and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER. Maybe I should be preaching this in India this morning. C. God's Hand Afflicts the Philistines (5:6-12). How could they? First, in chapters 1 and 2 we witnessed how God blessed Hannah, who had been childless for many years, how He blessed her with a son. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. Two memorable passages in the history of David,—the establishment of his capital, and the removal of the ark to the hill above it,—illustrate the principles upon which his kingdom stood, and show wherein it differed from the great Asiatic empires which were then contemporary with it. It was, in fact, on that same day, that day of judgment, that another devastating turn of events took place. So it was, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, “They have brought the ark of the God of Israel to us, to kill us and our people!”, Still not fully convinced holding out to their world view. Well, that's part of it. 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 When I was teenager, I worked one summer at a church camp washing dishes. 7 And 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.” 8 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” They answered, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be brought around to Gath.” So they brought the ark of the God of Israel there. So it was, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought the ark of the God of Israel to us, to kill us and our people! For the rest of their days, every single time the Philistines step over the threshold, they are reminded that Yahweh defeated their god Dagon. Sermon Manuscripts and Commentaries. There's a great encouragement for us in all this. And if you were with us when we talked about chapter 4, then you'll remember how, in one day, within a matter of hours, God fulfilled his promise of judgment against the corrupt priests of Eli's family. Lewis said, "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." 1 Samuel 5:1–4 NKJV 1 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Passage: 1 Samuel 5:1–5:12. This morning we are returning, once again, to the book called I Samuel. 1 Samuel 16:14-23. When thou hearest the sound of marching... then is the Lord gone out before thee, etc. There is no clear evidence to help us identify these tumors. Saul who seemed to be hypnotized the danger of rejection. If an Israelite was reading this story, it would be very clear that Yahweh was sending the Philistines a clear message. [Note: Brueggemann, p246.] The Lord Venkateshwara, whose name means “he who destroys the sins of the people”, is a manifestation of the Hindu god Vishnu. The Ark of the Covenant, the golden chest that contained the Ten Commandments, that golden chest, on whose lid the priests would, once a year, make atonement for the whole nation, the ark was captured and carried off by the Philistine armies. 1 Samuel 5 – The Ark of the Covenant Among the Philistines A. So much of the pain men experience today comes directly from the worship of power, or maybe lust. Weekly sermon email Subscribe for free. II. Vss. He did not. (Augustine, Confessions, Book 2, Section 2). But given what the reader of I Samuel already knows about the God of Hannah, about this God who has judged his own priests and who called Samuel to be His prophet, the wording of verse 3 is very clear: behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord...It doesn't simply say, “Dagon fell over next to the Ark.” Dagon is laying in a position of submission and respect before the Ark of Yahweh. Repulsed and scattered "as the breach of waters," they reunite and return. 3 And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. The God who was supposedly defeated in battle has just proven that He is in fact the true victor. I Samuel 19:1-7. So much of the pain young people experience today comes directly from the worship of acceptance. Is Your God Wobbly? Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. So we have to ask, why did the Philistines decide to put the Ark, their prize from the battle, a powerful reminder of their triumph and Israel's humiliation, why did they decide to put the Ark in the temple of this god Dagon? 1. Are these merely expressions of His wrath, directed at an unholy people who are mishandling a holy object? 1 Samuel 22:1-5 Rejected but Strong; 1 Samuel 23:6-14 Beware of Circumstances! Sermon Manuscripts and Commentaries. 9 But after they had brought it around, the hand of the Lord was against the city, causing a very great panic, and he afflicted the men of the city, both young and old, so that tumors broke out on them. Third, in chapter 3 we saw how Hannah's miracle child, Samuel, was called by God to be a prophet to all of Israel in a time when God's guidance was desperately needed. And he and Samuel went and lived at Naioth. IV. Though set up, it fell again, and lay in a state of complete mutilation; its head and arms, severed from the trunk, were lying in distant and separate places, as if violently cast off, and only the … The second was by the people of Judah. 2 Samuel 5:12. David became a national hero when he, with God's help, defeated Goliath. The Japenese did not know what to do with all the Westerners present in the country when the Japanese overran China during the Second World War, so they detained them in various encampments. It isn't clear. Perspective: The Supremacy of the True God, So what are we supposed to do with this story? b) Dagon and the Ark Are in the Same Temple (v.2). (Hebrews 12:5, 6, 11). If we look at the 'highlight reel', there are three key story lines that we need to be reminded of this morning. We imagine sometimes that what is happening to us is just 'bad luck'. David became a good friend of the King's son, Jonathan. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. III. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. It has been several years since I read the excellent book by Langdon Gilkey entitled Shantung Compound. David: A Man After God’s Own Heart – Sermon #5 . I’ve just preached 14 sermons on the first 15 chapters of first Samuel. They send it the neighboring city of Gath. Remember what Paul tells us in Romans 15 about the Old Testament: For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Sermons by Topic ... On one hand, topical and felt-needs preaching gives significant attention to application, but it fails to expound the text and provide the necessary biblical and theological grounding for the application. The Philistines were a brave and determined people, not easily beaten. the Shepherd secret. The ark in the Philistine city of Ashdod. Latest blog posts. How do I navigate through the dark … Shantung … (1) Our Bodies Are The Temple Of The Holy Spirit ( 1Cor.6:19 ). Now, in light of that definition, in light of what Paul is saying in Colossians 3:5, which of us, in some way or in certain instances, which of us is not an idolater? Sola Scriptura. Just like in Egypt, God's judgment get progressively worse and finally end in death. MP3s by Chapter. But the Bible is clear about the fact that sin brings suffering, that idolatry brings pain. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the temple of Dagon and set it by Dagon. ... We want to join together with pastors and Christian workers to equip the church in China, broadcasting translated sermons, providing ministry resources for Christians and pastors in China. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the, . 1 Samuel 5:3-5. They should have been listening to what the pain was telling them about why they were suffering. Here we see the Philistines not realizing who defeated Israel and what the Ark of God really meant. Jesus Christ is our only hope. This is such a great picture of the sovereignty of God, This parallels in my mind the story of Jesus getting arrested. If you were a Philistine who was actually thinking clearly, wouldn't you, in light of all that had happened, wouldn't you not only send the Ark back to the Israelites, but also join with them in worshipping the one true God? 2 Samuel 5:11 sounds like a historical report, but it is in fact an ominous act of warning." Envy. But in the next town, the town of Ekron, the citizens there seemed to have a better newspaper or a faster internet connection because they know exactly what's going to happen to them when the Ark shows up: (v.11) “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, that it may not kill us and our people.”. © 2020 Way of Grace Church: Buckeye, AZ All Rights Reserved, Last Lessons from Jesse's Son (II Samuel 24), Righteousness Required (II Samuel 22:21-51), Way of Grace Church | P.O. 1 Samuel. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day. Their god needed them. Who was in control the whole time at his arrest? God is trying to send the Philistines a message, but they are not listening. The sons of Eli the high priest were abusive and immoral, and Eli himself was complacent and unresponsive to their blasphemous behavior. What we see illustrated here is that in dealing with idolatry, God first topples the idol, and then, if necessary, he afflicts the idol worshiper. His head, and both of his hands, are lying, maybe even lined up on, the threshold of the Temple's entrance. The Passage: "The Hand of God Was Very Heavy There" (5:1-12). But remember, it all begins with what He does to Dagon. That sounds a little harsh, doesn't it? This is the beginning of a section that runs from 5:1 all the way to 7:2. I believe what we find here in I Samuel 5 is a powerful reminder that idolatry always brings pain. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. But they don't send it back to Israel. Second, in chapter 2 we learned how God condemned the corrupt priesthood of Israel. Dagon's temple is destroyed. As we've been doing with the book of Samuel, the application for us is like the two sides of a coin. He begins by placing the statue of Dagon in a position of homage. And so the story continues. Dr. Keith Wagner. 5-9 - A problem arose. And that's exactly where the story resumes this morning. Maybe they were too proud to send it back to Israel. If that's true, then I think it is fair to say that there is a good chance that you have pain in your life this morning that is the pain of idolatry. Smack dab in the middle of a city that was quickly becoming the high tech capital of India, people were continuing to come and worship before a graven image. But here in chapter 5, these Philistines seem to have forgotten about what happened at Gaza. unique training for a special man. Did you notice in these verses how God is intensifying his message to the Philistines? But they did not. Sermon Questions and Outlines Click on a date to read questions for reflection and application, or on the sermon title to view outline. Sadly, we can see from this passage that the Philistines never “got it”. His word topples every one of our idols, doesn't it. So here they are, with proud smiles on their faces, depositing the Ark at the feet of Dagon as a tribute to their god's great victory. MP3s by Chapter. Here we see that they are not fully convinced that it is God as they are still keeping it and sending it to another Philistine city Gath, So it was, after they had carried it away, that the hand of the. In Judges 16, as the Philistines are praising Dagon for their victory over Samson, as they mock Samson who is chained up before them, most likely in the temple of Dagon at Gaza, God grants Samson one last demonstration of strength, and he brings the house down...literally. Look with me at verses 1-3 of chapter 5. Intro: As David moved through the days of his life, he was a man truly blessed by the Lord. the witch of Endor. 1 Samuel 18:1-4 . David realized that Yahweh was Israel"s real sovereign. Now, we need to remember there would be two different ways of interpreting Dagon's fall. The ark of the covenant is now Dagon's trophy, a perpetual reminder to all of Dagon's worshipers that the great Dagon has crushed Yahweh the God of Israel. If it might be, remember this: God is sending you a message. when ill winds begin to blow. So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go back to its own place, so that it does not kill us and our people.” For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. to be King of Israel (1 Samuel 16) Minor Text The Story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4) The Story of Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22) Jacob is Named Israel and Rachel is Buried in Bethlehem Ephrath (Genesis 35) David is Made Shepherd King Over Israel (2 Samuel 5) Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd Psalm 34: Praise for God s Deliverance Psalm 93 and 96: The Lord is King Psalm 110: God s Priestly … C.S. Can idolatry really exist in the age of the I-Pod? The civic life, the life of cities, was with other nations the beginning, with the Jews it was the result of a long … 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives”...For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. So now, not only is Dagon visualized as being in submission to Yahweh, now he is visualized as being utterly defeated by Yahweh. Ekron is still a Philistine city. 3, 4. they of Ashdod arose early--They were filled with consternation when they found the object of their stupid veneration prostrate before the symbol of the divine presence. Don't we covet? Then, as we see here, he begins to afflict the people of Ashdod with tumors. what to do when no one encourages you. They were only concerned about finding relief for their pain. As a westerner, I was amazed to see genuine idol worship taking place in the modern world. A victorious army and their imaginary god are helpless to act apart from what God ordains. 3 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. Sermons from II Samuel. THE BACKGROUND. I Samuel 6:1 tells us that the Ark of the Covenant was in Philistia for seven months. This temple, made from 2000 tons of pure white marble, was called the Venkateshwara Temple and it sat on top of hill in the center Hyderabad, India. Why is God doing what He's doing to the Philistines. So how should this passage change our perspective? Here's a simple definition of idolatry: idolatry is devoting ourselves to anything other than Him who alone is worthy of our devotion. Almost 10 years ago I stood gazing up at an 11 foot tall idol in the temple of a false god. How is that the same as bowing down before a carved image? Read More. And may he cause us, because of the grace of Christ, because of the love He poured out on us through Jesus, may he cause us to hear what He wants to tell us through the pain of idolatry. It the worship of stuff. 5 Then Samuel said, “Gather … There are no other gods. Like the false God that he was, Dagon must be helped up and helped back into his place. In spite of what the Hindus call their idol, there is only one Lord who destroys the sins of His people.