Ichabod

Re: Verse reading–Ezekiel 10:18-19, 11:22-23; 40:1-2; 43:1-9  (day one)
“And she called the boy Ichabod, saying, ‘the glory has departed from Israel.’ ”  (1 Samuel 4:21)  Old story.  The daughter-in-law of Eli, upon hearing the news of a great defeat and the enemy capture of the Ark of the Covenant, kneels down and gives birth and dies. (On how many levels can sin be tragic?)  Before death comes, she names the boy Ichabod, which means “the glory of God has departed.”  Years later, it happens again.  Not the birth, but the departure of God’s glory, God’s protection/power.  Ezekiel sees it in a vision.  “The glory of the Lord departed from the threshold of the temple.” (10:18)  Then later, “the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood over the mountain which is east of the city.”  (11:23)  Graphic.  Sobering.  It is what David dreaded, “Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me.”  (Psalm 51:11)

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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