Focal Passage: 1 Samuel 5:1-6; 6:11-16
Do you believe that God has a sense of humor?
If God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27) and we have the ability to enjoy humor or appreciate a joke, then it makes sense that God has a sense of humor as well!
You could say we “inherited” it from our Heavenly Father.
Take a look at some of the animals God created and it becomes pretty clear that God has created some funny-looking plants and animals too. And remember when God used a donkey to speak to Balaam (Numbers 22:21-39)?
In our passage this week I believe the humor of God comes through in a subtle manner.
The Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant during battle.
And, in the manner of the day, they added the Hebrew God to their regimen of gods.
They placed the Ark (symbolizing their defeat of the Hebrew God) next to their “superior” god – Dagon.
When they returned, they found the idol god Dagon on its face before the Ark. They set it back up and again it fell before the Ark, this time breaking off its head and hands.
God was saying that Dagon was powerless before Him.
We know from Paul in the New Testament tells us that “that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth …” (Phil. 2:10).
We have a vivid picture that God presented in 1 Samuel that anything elevated as equal or over God will fall.
And, if we are the one elevating this thing will find ourselves toppling before God also.
We need to join the Heavenly group in Revelation 4:11, “Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created.”
Since He is Holy, we must obey Him and worship only Him. As we study the scriptures we learn how He directs us to worship Him. Join me in praising His Name today.