Tonight’s Fight: Dagon of the Philistines will be squaring off against YHWH of Israel.
Significance: This is the first time these two have personally matched up. Their people have skirmished from time to time, but this one is a Diety vs. Diety face-off. Should be a great match.
Key Factors: Dagon not only has the home-court advantage in Ashdod, but YHWH has been taken there from Shiloh against his wishes.
Also, the Philistines just won a major battle against Israel. The momentum is entirely on their side.
Results: Surprisingly, no one stuck around to watch the fight after dark. It is unclear how long it lasted but by morning, Dagon was pinned and lying face down before YHWH. Shocking!
Results: The Philistines we expecting Dagon to rally back in round two. Perhaps he just got a little over confident in the first round. They came back in the morning and discovered that round two had gone far worse than they could have imagined.
Dagon was “face down” before YHWH but this time his head and hands were cut off.
That’s the match, folks. Nothing more to see here.
The Hand of God
Is there a connection between the severing of Dagon’s hands and the repeated references to “the hand of the LORD?”
God was “kidnapped” by the Philistines. His people lost a huge battle. Things are looking pretty bad. So what happens?
God trounces the Philistines on their home turf, in their temple, in their cities, without any help from his people. He can do it all by himself.
The LORD’s hand was heavy and three great cities broke out in panic and tumors.
God is more powerful than the Philistines’ God. He is not limited by the might of his people or his geography.
This is a powerful reminder given that in a few chapters, Israel will cry out for a king when they don’t need one! God can handle it himself!
When was a time you were surprised at the way God worked all by himself?