Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My Ebenezer

I am sure we are all familiar with the words of the old hymn... "Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thy grace I'm come. And I hope by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home." Ebenezer literally means stone of help. In 1 Samuel 7:12, Samuel places a stone of memorial for the Israelites to remind them of God's mercy in bringing them back to Him. This stone was a constant reminder of the new beginning that the Israelites had started.

I've been reading through Exodus and Leviticus in my Bible readings lately and the words of this hymn are often brought to my mind. It seems that God often required the Israelites to implement memorials to remind them of important milestones. One of these "ebenezers" was the Passover. This feast was to occur every year, and it would help remind the Israelites of how God had mightily brought them out of Egypt, and how he had passed over their houses when the death angel came. 

I think it would be beneficial for us to raise more Ebenezers for ourselves. Whether it is a memory verse written on your mirror, a certain song that has special meaning for you, or a picture hanging on your wall that reminds you of an important event that God brought to pass in your is important to have reminders of God's incredible mercy and love towards us. 

Come, let us raise an Ebenezer. 

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