Gems 2015 — March 22 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 4-6

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

March 22 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 4-6

Food for Thought: I Sam. 5:1-4

Some of the stories in the Bible, while demonstrating the far-superiority of the Lord over all false gods, human authority, and nature do so with irony and wit and always bring a smile to my face as I picture the events that took place.

The story of the Philistines taking the ark of God and placing it next to their god Dagon is one of such cases. To the Philistines’ surprise, the morning after they had placed it in the “house of Dagon,” they found their idol face down before the ark of the Lord. So they propped it up again. The next day they found that not only had it fallen again, now its head and both the palms of its hands were broken off. Their god literally could not stand against the powers of the Almighty.

Though quite somber, another such event takes place in the Garden of Gethsemane when Judas and a detachment of troops and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees arrive to arrest Jesus. He asks, “Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth,” to which He replied, “I am.” Instantly, those “brave” men all fell to the ground. The Lord had to wait for them to recover and gather themselves so that they could get on with the arrest (John 18:1-12).

Balaam’s talking donkey (Num. 22:28) is another one. (Can our readers think of more examples of humorous scenes from the Bible which illustrate God’s greatness?)

Although we already know that we are on the right team and that our Leader is the strongest and wisest by far, it sure is fun to see His power in action dominating against the inferior powers. And the Lord has not changed a bit. He still uses things in our lives to show His unopposed might. Nothing that we see can stand against Him. In fact everything around us can be used to prove His greatness, as Psalm 83:18 says, “That they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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4 Responses to Gems 2015 — March 22 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 4-6

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    One of my favourite stories in the OT. The Philistines have captured the Israeli magic box! Er, what do we do with it? Some bright spark suggests it should be put in Dagon’s temple just in case. So they do this. Oops. After a short and very painful time they decide they have bitten off a whole lot more than they can chew so they send their prize back on an ox cart…

    This and Elijah on the mountaintop are just wonderful examples of God making quite plain who is sovereign.

    I’m interested also by the tumours and rats. Perhaps you could translate tumours in this case as ‘buboes’ which would suggest the Philistines were recipients of a good solid dose of the Black Plague. We know of the Black Plague from the accounts in the 14thC, but what is less well known is the serious outbreak in the reign of the Emperor Justinian. It would not surprise me if the Philistines were afflicted also in around 1300 BC.

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