1 Samuel 5:1-12

23 01 2011

1 Samuel 5:1) Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

1 Samuel 5:2) When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.

1 Samuel 5:3) 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. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again.

1 Samuel 5:4) And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it.

1 Samuel 5:5) 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.

1 Samuel 5:6) But the hand of the LORD was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He ravaged them and struck them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory.

1 Samuel 5:7) And when the men of Ashdod saw how it was, 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.”

1 Samuel 5:8) 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?” 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.

1 Samuel 5:9) So it was, after they had carried it away, that the hand of the LORD 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 5:10) Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. 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!”

1 Samuel 5:11) 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.

1 Samuel 5:12) And the men who did not die were stricken with the tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

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Wow talk about stupid huh… putting the Ark of the one true God into the houses of false gods.  That was the worst spot to put it… not that He wouldn’t have been against them anyway since they were sinners and were against his chosen people.  I guess they thought since they defeated the Jews that their god was more powerful… didn’t turn out too well did it?

You know how people say, “If you don’t learn from the past then you’re doomed to repeat it…” many people in today’s world are doing just that… how many times did God punish Israel for it’s disobedience?  How many times did he turn them over to the peoples’ of Egypt, Babylon, Syria, and so many more?  And each time after they cried out for forgiveness just to sin again to a new god.

“You shall have no other gods before me. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.” Doesn’t sound like a suggestion does it?  Yet we do it today don’t we.  The god of tv, the god of money, the god of beer, etc.  Each and every one of the things we put before our Lord is a god that we serve.

“But I go to church on Sunday… That’s good enough right.” I don’t know do you only eat one day a week too?  Two hours of listening to someone else talk about God isn’t enough to know God on a personal level.  “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

See you need to talk to God yourself, and not just follow your pastor’s lead. You are in a household where people listen to you, so unless you live with a minister, you can’t just blindly follow whatever he says… you need to chew your own food.

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