Sermon on Ebenezer in The Bible: Lord helped us 1 Samuel 7:12

 Sermon on Ebenezer in The Bible: Lord helped us 1 Samuel 7:12

Philistines prepared to attack. Samuel offered a burnt offering to God and asked for His deliverance. In response, God sent thunder that created great confusion among the Philistines and enabled the Israelites to over come them.

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After the Israelites chased the fleeing Philistines, Samuel erected a stone monument between Mizpeh and Shen to perpetuate the memory of this significant victory granted to Israel over the Philistines. 

God had ans weredhis prayer and delivered Israel. He called it Ebenezer, which means “stoneor rock of my help.” Ebenezer can also be translated as “my help is a rock.” It served as a lasting commemoration that the battle had been won “only”with the help of the Lord.

We gather to reflect on the concept of Ebenezer, a word that signifies "stone of help" and commemorates the faithfulness of God in our lives. As we delve into the narrative of Samuel's intercession for the people of Israel in 1 Samuel 7, we are reminded of the importance of acknowledging and celebrating God's intervention and assistance in our lives. 

Let us explore the significance of Ebenezer and how it serves as a testament to the Lord's ongoing presence and help throughout our journey of faith.

1: Samuel's Intercession for the People (1 Samuel 7:9)

In 1 Samuel 7:9, we witness Samuel's intercession on behalf of the people of Israel, crying out to the Lord for deliverance and guidance. This highlights the power of prayer and the importance of seeking God's intervention in times of need.

2: The Lord Answers His People's Prayer (1 Samuel 7:10)

In response to Samuel's intercession, the Lord answers His people's prayer and intervenes on their behalf. This demonstrates God's faithfulness and willingness to come to the aid of His children when they call upon Him in faith.

3: Divine Protection in Times of Conflict (1 Samuel 7:11)

God provides divine protection for the people of Israel, delivering them from their enemies and ensuring their safety in times of conflict. This serves as a reminder of God's sovereignty over all circumstances and His ability to bring about deliverance and victory for His people.

4: The Establishment of Peace and Security in Israel (1 Samuel 7:14)

Through God's intervention, peace and security are established in Israel, bringing stability and prosperity to the nation. This underscores the transformative power of God's help in bringing about positive change and restoration.

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5: The Recognition of Divine Help (1 Samuel 7:12)

The people of Israel recognize and acknowledge the divine help they have received, setting up a stone called Ebenezer as a symbol of God's faithfulness and provision. This serves as a tangible reminder of God's ongoing presence and assistance in their lives.

6: The Importance of Remembering God’s Victories (1 Samuel 7:12)

The setting up of the Ebenezer stone emphasizes the importance of remembering and commemorating God's victories in our lives. It encourages us to reflect on past experiences of God's faithfulness and draw strength and encouragement from them in times of difficulty.

7: The Renewal of Commitment to God (1 Samuel 7:3)

As a result of God's help and deliverance, the people of Israel renew their commitment to serving and obeying the Lord. This highlights the transformative impact of encountering God's faithfulness and prompts us to respond with renewed dedication and devotion to Him.

8: The Recognition of God's Sovereignty over Israel (1 Samuel 7:13)

The establishment of peace and security in Israel underscores God's sovereignty over the nation, affirming His role as the ultimate ruler and protector of His people. This inspires us to trust in God's providence and sovereignty in every aspect of our lives.

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As we reflect on the narrative of Samuel's intercession for the people of Israel and the establishment of Ebenezer, let us be reminded of God's faithfulness and provision in our own lives. May we set up our own Ebenezer stones, symbols of God's help and intervention, and may we continually acknowledge and celebrate His ongoing presence and assistance on our journey of faith. And may we, like the people of Israel, renew our commitment to serving and obeying the Lord, trusting in His sovereignty and faithfulness in all things.

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