I Samuel 5:1-4 1 After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 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. 4 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.
Oh yeah, baby. I love this! The Philistines took the ark of God, which happens to be where the presence of the LORD hung out, and placed it next to their statue of Dagon. Now Dagon was a strange little false god. His lower half was that of a fish and his upper half like a man. I guess a male mermaid is probably a good description. Now who in their right mind is going to worship something silly looking like that. I’ll tell you: the Philistines. And this false god had no merit, no power. He was a statue.
So when they placed the real God, the LORD, next to this statue, it had an unfortunate accident. This powerful fish-man statue didn’t stand a chance in the presence of God. And he fell down on his face before God. The Philistines stood him up and he fell again, this time his head and hands broke off. Booyah! Who’s your daddy now, Dagon? This poser didn’t stand a chance in the presence of God. He represented sin and everything unholy. Therefore, he must be destroyed.
I love this about our God. Nothing evil stands a chance in His presence. When sickness tries to stand up against Him it loses. When addiction tries to stand up against Him it loses. When Satan tried to stand up against Him, he lost. Do we believe this to be true? Do we exercise His power in our lives? Here’s what it looks like: When you lose your vision, set the Lord next to it. When you get depressed, set Him next to it. When you are stuck in addiction, set Him next to it. When you are being attacked, set Him next to it (or better yet, hide behind Him). Heads are gonna roll, people! For God is unmatchable. He is unequivocal. And most importantly, He is undefeated!