“Ebenezer Who?”

Posted: July 7, 2017 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Salvation

When I mention the name “Ebenezer” of whom do you think? If you’re like others to whom I have asked this question, you would probably mention Scrooge. He was a fictional character, the name of the protagonist in the novel “The Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens which was published in 1843. He was a rich businessman who was stingy and despised the poor.

Names. But do you where in Scripture the name Ebenezer is found? What about the name Ichabad? Ebenezer referred to a place in Israel where the Jews encountered their enemies, the Philistines, who took the ark of the covenant from them and placed it in the house of their god, Dagon in Ashdod (1 Samuel 4, 5).

Death. During this time, Israel’s first King Saul and his sons were killed. Upon hearing of Israel’s defeat by the Philistines, Eli the priest’s daughter-in-law became so upset at her husband’s death that she named her son Ichabod. This name means “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of the God has been captured.”

Repentance. Before the Lord could/would bless the nation of Israel, there was a need for the Jewish people to get right with God. When they did, God came to their deliverance and defeated their enemies. The prophet Samuel then took a stone and set it up and gave it the name, “Ebenezer.” This means “Thus far the LORD has helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12).

Providence. If you’re a Christian, can you see how God has been working in your life since you were saved? He has promised never to leave or forsake His children (Hebrews 13:5). Because He loves you, He has your best interest in mind. If necessary, He will chasten you when you are disobedient (Hebrews 12:5-11), but He won’t ever throw you out of His family (John 10:28, 29).

Blessing. We can’t expect God to put His approval on our sinful (lawless) behavior. He can’t and He won’t. Are you grieving or quenching God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? When I ask God to bless people (i. e. bring happiness into their lives), I do it this way. “Lord, we ask your blessing on us as we are obedient to You and Your Word.”

No Condemnation. We are saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire the moment we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 8:1; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die or do you believe that you have to go to a purging place first? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation once you’ve received it? If so, what would it be?

Attitude. Once we’ve been saved, God wants us to live in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17). Do you know and claim the promises of God that have been given to New Testament believers? Do you try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to Israel? Do you live in the light of Christ’s imminent return? Is so, how does it and should it affect your daily life (1 Thessalonians 4:18; Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:3)? What crown does God promise to believers who love His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8)? When was the last time you thought about it? What preoccupies your mind most of the time?

Growth. Are you growing regularly and becoming more like Christ each day? Do you have and display the “Fruit of the Spirit” before others (Galatians 5:22, 23)? Do you misdirect it (1 John 2:15-17)? Are you living victoriously over your spiritual enemies: the devil, your own sin nature, and the present world system?

Help. We’re here to glorify God by helping people come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:3; 1 John 5:13). Once they are saved, we want to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Would you also share this with others who may need this information? If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click of “Follow.” We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

Clear Gospel. http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

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