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the Week of Proper 5 / Ordinary 10
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Bible Commentaries
1 Samuel 5

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' CommentaryMeyer's Commentary

Verses 1-12

the Captured Ark Brings Trouble

1 Samuel 5:1-12

Dagon’s fall before the Ark of God has a sublime significance. In the evening, as the priests left the temple, the hideous image stood erect on its pedestal; in the morning, it was found prostrate before the sacred symbol. A repetition of the incident proved that it was no coincidence. So shall it be with all the idols of the heathen. They shall be utterly abolished, and the demons of whom they are the grotesque representations, together with the Devil whom they obey, shall be cast into the “bottomless pit,” Revelation 20:3 . Thus has it been in many countries already. They have “cast their idols to the moles and bats,” Isaiah 2:20 .

Let this scene be reproduced in your heart! Let Jesus enter and the dearest idols you have known will yield before Him. The presence of Christ, which brings terror to his foes, will bring blessing and deliverance to those that love Him. The dying thief passes from his cross to Paradise, while Judas goes to his own place. Dare to admit the Savior into the secret place of your heart. He will utterly destroy the works of Satan, and will drive out the evil things that have too long infested it.

Bibliographical Information
Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 5". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/fbm/1-samuel-5.html. 1914.
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