2 Introductory Thoughts Many songs we sing have words that are obscure to us todayTonight I want to examine one of those wordsEbenezerTwo objectives from tonight’s studyWhat is the meaning of Ebenezer?Why should I raise my Ebenezer?
3 Background on our text The days of Samuel History of Israel reveals many ordeals or difficulties facedExodus from EgyptConquest of CanaanFor all God had done for the Israelites he had been repaid withGrumblingComplainingUnwillingness to exterminate
4 Background on our textThe ark of the covenant was in exile in the hands of these heathen nations for 20 years of Samuel’s lifeIsraelites were constantly threatened by the PhilistinesA weakened Israel remained terrifiedLet’s read 1 Samuel 7:1-14
5 What is an Ebenezer? Hebrew word meaning – Stone of Help Significance for Samuel is found in the words “thus far the Lord has helped us”Stones raised as a memorial not as an idolMemorial to God’s supernatural careRaised as a symbol of gratitudeNotice some things that happened after the stones were raisedEnemy was subdued – Further battles were prevented
6 Some other Biblical Ebenezer's Jacob’s Stones of HelpGenesis 28:10-22Joshua’s Stepping StonesJoshua 4:1-7, 19-24These were set up to remind the future generations of Israel to reflect on the history of their nation
7 Why raise Ebenezer’s To reflect how God has preserved us Through his Providential CareRemind us of what he has done for usTo keep those memories alive for our children and grandchildren and all future generations
8 Here I Raise MY Ebenezer What should YOUR Ebenezer be?A Counting of BlessingsActs 14:17 – James 1:17A Expression of GratitudeColossians 3:15 –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18A Building of the Lord’s House1 Peter 2:1-5 – Ephesians 2:19-22
9 Putting it all together What Ebenezer are you erecting in your life today?Matthew 7:24-27We are erecting Ebenezer’s each and every day