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Destruction of Dagon and the The Ark of the Covenant

The Destruction of Dagon (Part One)

by Arthur W. Pink

The opening chapters of the first book of Samuel bring before us some sad incidents, making evident the deplorable condition into which the favoured Nation had fallen, for they treat of a portion of that time covered by the Book of Judges, when “in those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (21:25). First, we have Hannah, in bitterness of soul praying unto and weeping before the Lord, and Eli the high priest so lacking in discernment as to suppose she was drunk (Chap. 1). Concerning Eli’s sons we read that they were “sons of Belial” who “knew not the LORD” (2:12). Though engaged in the sacred office of the priesthood, they conducted themselves in a most horrible manner. First, we are told that they misappropriated for their own use portions of the sacrifices, for they “abhorred the offering of the LORD” (2:13-17), thereby being guilty of the fearful sin of sacrilege. Moreover, they committed immorality, and that at the very “door of the tabernacle” (2:22). Later, we find the Lord making known unto their father (2:27-34) and unto Samuel (3:11-14) the judgment which He would execute upon the house of Eli.

PART 1 http://reformedchristianstudies.blogspot.com/2010/09/destruction-of-dagon-part-one.html PART 2 http://reformedchristianstudies.blogspot.com/2010/09/destruction-of-dagon-part-two.html PART 3 http://reformedchristianstudies.blogspot.com/2010/09/destruction-of-dagon-part-three.html

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