Tuesday, March 16, 2021

DAGON FALLEN

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 5-6

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This is some of the landscape that the Children of Israel of would have beheld as they sojourned in the desert before entering the Promised Land. This is Timna National Park in Southern Israel.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 6:20

And the men of Beth Shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God? And to whom shall it go up from us?”

In today’s reading we learn of the different ways of handling the Ark of the Covenant. First, the Philistines of Ashdod offended God, and then the Israelites of Beth Shemesh, who knew better, treated the Ark as an article of curiosity, failing to respect the symbol of God’s Presence as Moses had instructed them. The Philistines may have thought they were honouring the God of Israel by placing the Ark in the Temple of Dagon, but instead they abused Him. They failed to understand that God does not share worship with an idol. We can look up in our Bibles the proper way to handle the Ark. The people to whom the cattle brought the ark may not have had immediate access to the scrolls with the instructions. Ignorance, in this case, was no excuse.
We have the assurance that since Jesus came, we can stand before God with reverence, worshipping Him. We must not take Him for granted or presume upon His mercy. It’s true that Jesus changed our approach to God. The excruciating suffering and death of Christ is ample proof that our holy God is outraged by sin in all its forms. We throw ourselves on His grace and mercy.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I come boldly to Your throne of grace. According to Your Word in Hebrews 4:16, I receive mercy and find grace in my time of need. Please help me to always approach You with all reverence and total respect, knowing that Jesus, our great High Priest, has gone before me with His blood sprinkled on the Mercy Seat of the Ark in the heavens. In His Name I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I lived on my uncle’s farm for six years while my Dad was away from our family during WW2. Three years after his return, Dad accepted a call to two rural congregations filled with farmers. I spent much time on their farms, learning all about cattle, and then I worked full time on farms for five summers. I know first-hand that the natural way for a cow that has just given birth to a calf to behave is to remain beside that calf. What we read about today is not natural but supernatural. God always retains the right to intervene, changing patterns of behaviour to bring about His purposes. Animals are not made in God’s image as humans are. They function by pre-programmed instinct. I’ve learned that I am not like that. I must deliberately give my will over to God’s will, obeying His instructions. When I decide to follow Him, I know that supernatural provision for my journey will be provided as I go.

Yours for decisions to follow God’s instructions more closely,

David

The Ark of the Covenant, as depicted in a replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle at Timna Park in Israel.

3 thoughts on “Tuesday, March 16, 2021

  1. We give our human will over to Yours, Lord. We are ever thankful for Your loving mercy and grace. Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord. His protection be over you. Amen.

    Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers… Psalm 1:1 ESV

    Vinesong – Peace like a river (Lyric Video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSFYW6ucdVM

  2. Thanks Bevlee, for the music link. I sure need it just now. The anointing is great. My close friend is in hospital and not doing well. My friend and I found Edna on the floor, breathing but not responsive. Tests show she had a massive stroke. She may have been 2 days & 1 or 2 nights on the floor. She wasn’t wearing her Lifeline. She had just had a shower. A few other things also contributed to my “stunned” mentality along with the time change. The praise & worship is so helpful. I just leave it on & it goes on to more anointed worship. Blessings all.

  3. So sorry for your friend Edna Doreen. Struggling with high blood pressure now low I can imagine what that would be like. It is sad that she wasn’t wearing her lifeline but maybe because she had just had a shower. Will keep her in prayer. Sure have to watch our diet and exercise these days. Seems more and more food is not good for us especially for the elderly. Amen? Thanks for the music Beverlee. Was good that David got all that experience on the farm.

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