1 Samuel 5* Dagon is broken before the ark. (1-5) The Philistine smitten.(6-12)1-5 See the ark's triumph over Dagon. Thus the kingdom of Satanwill certainly fall before the kingdom of Christ, error beforetruth, profaneness before godliness, and corruption before gracein the hearts of the faithful. When the interests of religionseem to be ready to sink, even then we may be confident that theday of their triumph will come. When Christ, the true Ark of thecovenant, really enters the heart of fallen man, which is indeedSatan's temple, all idols will fall, every endeavour to set themup again will be vain, sin will be forsaken, and unrighteousgain restored; the Lord will claim and possess the throne. Butpride, self-love, and worldly lusts, though dethroned andcrucified, still remain within us, like the stump of Dagon. Letus watch and pray that they may not prevail. Let us seek to havethem more entirely destroyed. 6-12 The hand of the Lord was heavy upon the Philistines; henot only convinced them of their folly, but severely chastisedtheir insolence. Yet they would not renounce Dagon; and insteadof seeking God's mercy, they desired to get clear of his ark.Carnal hearts, when they smart under the judgments of God, wouldrather, if it were possible, put him far from them, than enterinto covenant or communion with him, and seek him for theirfriend. But their devices to escape the Divine judgments onlyincrease them. Those that fight against God will soon haveenough of it.
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