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Our God In Confrontation

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

Having lost a battle to the Philistines, the Israelites thought it wise to take the Ark of the Covenant into combat with them. In their minds, they were taking God into the battle. The Philistines believed they were facing the God Who had delivered Israel from the land of Egypt.

In spite of the presence of the ark the Philistines won the battle and captured the ark. They “brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.” Perhaps they believed God would worship Dagon. However, this did not happen.

… early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the LORD.  1 Samuel 5:3

The Philistines picked up their God and returned him to his place. That night another confrontation would take place.

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 5:4

Until the Philistines returned the Ark of the Covenant to Israel, He wrought havoc among them.

Years later there was another Dagon-Jehovah confrontation. The results were the same. As David confronted Goliath he said:

“You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”  1 Samuel 17:26

Those who have dared to be in confrontation with and defiance of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have not fared well—and never will.