“And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.”
In this scripture of 1 Samuel, we see that Israel has suffered a mighty defeat at the hands of the philistines and the ark of God has been captured. The Philistines take the ark of God out of Ebenezer where they battle with Israel and they return to their land in Ashdod. In this devotion, I want us to look at what happens when they set the ark of God in the house of Dagon, which is the god they serve. We see that upon their return they set the ark by Dagon and when they return on the next day Dagon has fallen before the ark of God. They place him back on his stand and when they return the next day, Dagon has been knocked down and this time he is in pieces. The people see it and are in fear before the ark of God. As we read these scriptures today, they serve to be a memorial of the greatness of our God. No god, no person can measure to His greatness, but He has reconciled us to Himself through His son, Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18).