by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
October 11,1907---November 30, 1994
I Samuel 4:21

Friends, let us look together at First Samuel, chapter
four, You remember how a dying woman named her child
Ichabod, saying, "The glory is departed from Israel
because the ark of God was taken; because of her
father-in-law and her husband." We learn that the Lord
departed from Israel, and He will depart from a
backslidden church, and from a backslidden Christian
who will not give Him the right of way.


Let us read now about this father-in law. His name was
ELI. Remember, the Lord must depart, He will depart,
from a backslidden Christian. That is, His blessing
will be removed from such a one.

"And the child Samuel ministered before Eli. And the
Word of the Lord was precious in those days." That
means, it wasn't plain. It had not come to the people.
God wasn't speaking to His people because of their un-
confessed sin. There was apostasy in the land and the
Word of the Lord wasn't going out, and it was because
of SIN.

"And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid
down in his place, that his eyes began to wax dim,
that he could not see; and ere the lamp of God went
out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God
was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; that the Lord
called Samuel, and he answered, Here am I. And he ran
to Eli and said, "Here am I; for thou calledst me."
And Eli said, I called not; lie down again. And Samuel
went and lay down."

"And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel
arose and went to Eli again and said, Here am 1; for
thou didst call me. And Eli answered, I called not, my
son; lie down again.

"Now Samuel did not know the Lord, neither was the
Word of the Lord revealed unto him."

"And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And
he arose and went to Eli and said, Here am I, for thou
didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had
called the child."


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