Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ebenezer stones

Remembering is on my mind today. How many times does the Bible tell us to remember, remember, remember what the Lord has done for us? For me writing things down is a way of remembering rather than putting up a stone......but however you choose to remember it is encouraging to be able to look back and see former mercies, and I think helps us to go on in strength of the Lord God.

"Then Samuel  took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."
1 Samuel 7:12

Samuel erected a thankful memorial of this victory, to the glory of God and for the encouragement of Israel, He set up an Ebenezer, the stone of help. If ever the people's hard hearts should lose the impressions of this providence, this stone would either revive the remembrance of it, and make them thankful, or remain a standing witness against them for their unthankfulness.Samuel himself took care to set up this monument. He had been instrumental by prayer to obtain the mercy, and therefore he thought himself in a special manner obliged to make this grateful acknowledgement of it.  The reason he gives for the name is, Hitherto the Lord hath helped us, in which he speaks thankfully of what was past, giving the glory of the victory to God only, who had added this to all his former favours; and yet he speaks somewhat doubtfully for the future: "Hitherto things have done well, but what God may yet do with us we know not, that we refer to him; but let us praise him for what he has done." 

The beginnings of mercy and deliverance are to be acknowledged by us with thankfulness so far as they go, though they be not completely finished, nay, though the issue seem uncertain. 

Having obtained help from God, I continue hitherto, says blessed Paul, Acts22:22.
Matthew Henry

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