The Backslider in Heart
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles, friends, turn with me to the Book of First Samuel, chapter 4. Verses 15 to 22 have some tremendous statements relative to our subject.The armies of Israel were in conflict with the armies of the Philistines. The were locked in battle, and Eli, the high priest, was awaiting word from the army as to how the battle went. His sons, Hophni and Phineas, were in the battle.
Verse 15. "Now Eli was ninety eight years old, and his eyes were dim that he could not see. And the man said unto him, I am he who came out of the army." Here was the man who came to Eli to bring news of how the battle went. And the man said, I have fled today out of the army. And Eli said, What is there done, my son? And the messenger said, Israel is fled before the Philistines and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people. Thy two sons also, Hophni and Phineas are dead, and the ark of God is taken.
"And it came to pass that when he made mention of the ark of God, Eli fell from off the seat backwards by the side of the gate and his neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man and heavy. He had judged Israel forty years.
"His daughter-in-law, Phineas' wife, was with child near to be delivered. And when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken and that her father-in-law and husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed. And about the time of her death, the women who stood by her said unto her, Fear not, for thou hast borne a son." But she answered not, neither did she regard it. And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel, because the ark of God was taken and because of her father-in-law and husband.
Here we have a tremendous story. In heaven I want to meet this unnamed woman. She is one of the most spiritual woman in the Bible. As she was dying she named her Hebrew son Ichabod. This is a compound word meaning, "No glory." The ark of Go ...
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