In 1 Samuel 5:1-6 we find the story of Dagon. Though it is a small amount of text, the story is RICH in spiritual symbolism!
Dagon was a large statue (an idol). The upper portion was fashioned after a man, but his lower section resembled the tail of a fish. This mixed-up “merman” creature represented the god of the Philistines.
The Scriptures show us the Philistines were always in conflict with God’s true people. They saw the mighty workings of God, through His people, and they wanted to be victorious also. So, the Philistines went to battle and took the ark of God (which represents the place where God dwells). Then the Philistines placed the ark of the true and living God in Dagon’s Temple (the house where Dagon dwelt) alongside their god, Dagon.
1 Samuel 5:4 (KJV)
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.
The Philistines wanted to have the God of the Israelites right beside their own god, but they did not understand one very important truth: no man can serve two masters!
We invite you to join us as we look beyond the surface of the story of Dagon the fish god, and find the deeper understanding for God’s true people today!
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