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Wednesday, November 6
Worthy of Sacrifice?
Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said: "Our god has delivered into our hands Samson our enemy!"
1 Samuel 5:2-7
The exact implied "powers" of Dagon, the Philistine god, are uncertain. But when the Philistines captured Samson the judge, and blinded him, they offered sacrifices of thanksgiving to Dagon for delivering their enemy to them. As it turned out, Dagon wasn't as powerful as those sacrificing to him would have liked.
As a final act of retribution, Samson pulled down the columns supporting Dagon's temple and crushed more Philistines than he had killed in battle. Later, when the Philistines captured the ark of the covenant from the Israelites, they put it in Dagon's rebuilt temple -- right next to the idol. The next two mornings, the Philistines found Dagon laying face down on the ground before the ark. The Philistines returned the ark to the Israelites!
Dagon's impotence raises the question: Should we sacrifice to or for that which is unworthy of sacrifice? Clearly Dagon was unworthy. What about examining our own lives? Is everything we sacrifice to or for worthy of what we are sacrificing?
If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.
C. T. Studd
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