Sunday, August 7, 2011
Hitherto Hath the Lord Helped Us
A Look at 1 Samuel Chapter Seven in Summarized Bible: Complete Summary of the Old Testament by Keith L. Brooks
Contents: Ark brought to house of Abinadab. Revival of Mizpah. Victory at Eben-ezer.
Characters: God, Samuel, Eleazar, Abinadab.
Conclusion: When we are truly sensible that by sin we have provoked God to withdraw from us and that we are undone if we continue in that state, if we make a solemn business of returning to God we may be assured we are on the way to a renewed prosperity and deliverance.
Key Word: Return, v. 3.
Strong Verses: 3, 8, 12.
Striking Facts: v. 12. The Christian should, as he passes along, set up his Ebenezers by which he will be reminded that “hitherto the Lord hath helped him” and by which he will give all the glory of his victories to God and His Son Jesus Christ.
A portion of this chapter taken from The Message:
10–12 While Samuel was offering the sacrifice, the Philistines came within range to fight Israel. Just then God thundered, a huge thunderclap exploding among the Philistines. They panicked—mass confusion!—and ran helter-skelter from Israel. Israel poured out of Mizpah and gave chase, killing Philistines right and left, to a point just beyond Beth Car. Samuel took a single rock and set it upright between Mizpah and Shen. He named it “Ebenezer” (Rock of Help), saying, “This marks the place where God helped us.”
Note: I have come across a helpful link - biblia.com. It includes numerous Bible versions and two books by Keith L. Brooks which summarize the main theme of each chapter of the Old and New Testaments.