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Jesus is Greater than All Gods

1 Samuel 5:1-12
Pastor J.B.

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Hi GAMErs,

1 Samuel 5:2-3 (NIV)
2 Then they carried the ark into Dagon's temple and set it beside Dagon.
3 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.

Verses 1-5: This to me is one of the funniest sequences in the Bible. Having captured the Israelites' ark of the covenant, the Philistines took it to Ashdod, a major Philistine city, and placed it in the temple of their god Dagon.  They put the ark beside the statue of Dagon (who looked like a half-man, half-fish and whose name apparently means "little fish" -- he was the original "Little Mermaid"!)  Yet the next morning, the Dagon statue was face-to-the-ground bowing before the ark (v3)! This happened a second time the next morning, except the second time the Dagon statue's head and hands were broken off and placed at the entrance of the temple (v4). Interestingly, rather than treating this event as proof that Dagon was not a real god and that they should worship the Lord instead, worshipers of Dagon would avoid stepping on the temple entrance as a show of respect to Dagon (v5) and chose to move the ark of God somewhere else (v8).

What can we learn from this? 

1. The Lord is greater than all other gods.  Remember that the ark of the covenant was just a gold-plated box, a symbol for the presence of God. Yet to show that the Lord reigns supreme over all spirits, God caused the Dagon statue to bow down to the ark, like a criminal bowing down to a police badge.  Today, God has given us something much greater than the ark.  We have Jesus.  Jesus is more than a symbol for God's presence.  He IS the presence of God.  By His Holy Spirit living in us, we have access to Jesus wherever we go.  Jesus' name is "the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11).

So today pray with confidence knowing that when you pray in the name of Jesus, you are praying to the One who is greater than every spiritual power.

2. If there is an idol in your life, something that you have been bowing down to other than God (such as an addiction, a secret sin, or something that is good but has taken God's place in your life), the best thing you can do is bring it into the presence of God.  Confess your sins to Him, spend time in God's presence, and watch your idols bow to Jesus.  Victory over idols is won in the presence of God.  So spend time in the presence of God today!

1 Samuel 5:9 (NIV)
9 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.

Verses 6-10:  Here we see that whenever the ark was brought into a city occupied by Israel's enemies, the people in that city would suffer an outbreak of tumours.   This happened in two Philistine cities, Ashdod and Ekron. 

What can we learn from this?  It is much better to have God as your friend than as your enemy.  The Bible says that all of us were enemies of God, constantly fighting and rebelling against Him with our sinful behaviour.  As God's enemies we didn't stand a chance.  But God turned us from His enemies into His friends when He sent Jesus Christ to pay for our sins.  As Colossians 1:21-22 says, once we were enemies of God, but now God has reconciled us to Him through Christ's death on the cross to present us holy in God's sight, free from accusation.   Because of Jesus, instead of God's wrath, we get God's mercy.  Instead of disease, we get God's healing.  Instead of death, we get His life.  What an amazing God we serve.

Lord Jesus, I bow before You today.  You alone are God and You reign supreme over every evil spirit.  You are greater than all things.  Come and be glorified in me.  In Jesus' name, AMEN.

In your prayer time today

1.Confess your sins to God.  Be specific about what those sins are.  If you need help identifying sins in your life, refer to the verses and questions HERE.  Thank God that through Jesus Christ all of our sins have been paid for and forgiven.

2.Is there an area in your life where you especially need God’s help to break through?  Any struggle that you need God’s help to overcome?  Ask God for that breakthrough now.

3.Be still in God’s presence and invite the Holy Spirit to fill you. 

4.Pray for our Easter service on, that many people who are far from God would turn to Jesus and find hope, healing, forgiveness, salvation, restoration and purpose.

A song you can listen to: CLICK HERE
“I Need You More”
Music and lyrics by Kim Walker and Lindell Cooley

I need You more, more than yesterday
I need You Lord, more than words can say
I need You more, than ever before
I need You Lord,  I need You Lord

More than the air I breathe
More than the song I sing
More than the next heartbeat
More than anything
And Lord as time goes by
I'll be by Your side
Cause I never want to go back to my old life

We give You the highest praise!
We give You the highest praise!      
We give You the highest praise!

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