1 Samuel 5–Who Captured Who?

The Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant from Israel.  They were very proud. They put it on display along side their god Dagon to let everyone know how amazing of warriors they were and hey how their god won the day… Well, that was until Dagon was found the next day face down before the Ark.  Then the next day face down and broken into pieces before the Ark. Also, everyone in town was getting sick–very sick.  Panic rose throughout the land, and before the army could set the Ark down the people would scream and run in panic–“What are you trying to do…kill us?  
 
God was not pleased with Israel, that was obvious, but, He was not about to sit at the feet of an idol; nor, was he going to rest in the land and hands of the enemy–He is always large and in charge!!! The Philistines saw God and his power–and wanted nothing to do with it.  Meanwhile, Israel had forgotten who God was and what He wanted for and from them.  They wanted a God to ask for things from–not to surrender to His leadership.  As with the Philistines, God was not going to bow to anyone; least of all His chosen people.
 
In present day, God still serves no one.  He is still all-powerful, all-knowing and in all places and times at once.  HE is still the GREAT I AM. We need to follow and trust Him with our lives and seek His leadership as we pass through our days.  We cannot treat Him like a panic button, nor, is He an equivalent to Amazon.  He is Lord. He loves us and wants to give us a full and meaningful life on Earth and then a blessed and eternal life with Him in Heaven.  All He requires is the recognition that He is Lord. Our true submission is a small price compared to the reward He provides.  God will not be subject to our will–WE need to be subject to His will.
 
God Bless You

After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! They took Dagon and put him back in his place. But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained. 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.

The Lord’s hand was heavy on the people of Ashdod and its vicinity; he brought devastationon them and afflicted them with tumors.[a] When the people of Ashdod saw what was happening, they said, “The ark of the god of Israel must not stay here with us, because his hand is heavy on us and on Dagon our god.” So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and asked them, “What shall we do with the ark of the god of Israel?”

They answered, “Have the ark of the god of Israel moved to Gath.” So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.

But after they had moved it, the Lord’s hand was against that city, throwing it into a great panic. He afflicted the people of the city, both young and old, with an outbreak of tumors.[b]10 So they sent the ark of God to Ekron.

As the ark of God was entering Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, “They have brought the ark of the god of Israel around to us to kill us and our people.” 11 So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, “Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it[c] will kill us and our people.” For death had filled the city with panic; God’s hand was very heavy on it.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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