Friday, April 10, 2015

I is for Ichabod...


Ichabod was the son of Phinehas and the grandson of Eli, the priest of the Lord in Shiloh. Phinehas and his brother Hophni died in battle with the Philistines who captured the Ark of the Covenant and took it away from Israel.  Upon hearing this terrible news, Eli fell backward off his chair and broke his neck and died. Phinehas' pregnant wife went into labor and bore a son.  Her name is never given.  

She did not give her son a family name she called him "Ichabod."  The meaning of his name is: "The glory is departed."  She confirmed that by repeating the lament, "The glory is departed from Israel for the ark of God is taken."
In spite of her husband's immorality and godlessness, she died a martyr to her firm faith in Jehovah.  This woman represents many a God-fearing woman who, in spite of a shameless and godless partner remains true to divine realities.  Disappointed and crushed though she was, because God's honor was her honor, no word against her worthless husband left her lips, nor did she utter any complaint against God for theah of her dissolute priestly husband.

You can read about Ichabod in 1 Samuel 4:19-22; 14:3.

'And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.'   1 Samuel 4:22

until next time...nel

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