A God That Destroys Idols
I Samuel 5:1-5 KJV And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.  When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.  And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.  And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.  Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.
- INTRODUCTION - THE BACKGROUND OF THE STORY
-This story ushers us into one of Israel’s dark times. There are days of darkness and days of light in all of our lives and how we react to the light and darkness will have much of an impact on the destiny of our soul. I am sometimes sad to say that the days of Israel very closely mirror our own relationship with God.
- The Attack of the Philistines
-At the beginning of this time, history is quite silent concerning the Philistines. The last we have read of them are during the days of Samson who had troubled and terrorized them greatly before his swan song of killing somewhere around 3000 of them. He had jerked down the pillars in their feasting house and had destroyed them amidst their jeering at him.
-The passage of time has been somewhere around 20 years. But this passage of time had only brewed in their heart a desire for revenge and the festering wound had been infected with the disease of revenge.
-They had waited patiently with a sense of wrath brewing for the perfect time to get the Israelites back. The situation ripened for them at Ebenezer. They had managed to capture the Ark of the Covenant from their enemy.
-The cost of the battle had been about 30,000 men of Israel and that night in four thousand homes of the people there had been great weeping for the loss of lives and the loss of the Ark. The sad part is that Israel needed some firm discipline and God was willing to use the Philistines to accomplish his purpose.