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Flight of Ichabod

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by Walter and Deborah, Sep 28, 2021.

  1. Walter and Deborah

    Walter and Deborah Junior Member

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    Tuesday 9-28-21 Tishri 20, 5782 3rd. day of the weekly cycle, 7th. Fall Day

    6th. Day Of Tabernacles

    John Seven:32-36 32The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. 33Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 34Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

    35Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 36What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

    Our Daily Bread Today 28 September 2021 Devotional -Flight of Ichabod


    Our Daily Bread Today 28 September 2021 Devotional Message By Tim Gustafson (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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    TOPIC: Flight of Ichabod

    TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 4:12–22

    KEY VERSE: The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured. – 1 Samuel 4:22

    BIBLE IN A YEAR: Isaiah 5-6; Ephesians 1

    TODAY’S INSIGHT: First Samuel 4 tells an interesting narrative of the Israelites failing to consult God in critical times. In the beginning of the chapter, they were “defeated by the Philistines” (v. 2), which prompted the suggestion to take the ark of the covenant into battle (v. 3) without consulting with God. Not only did the elders suggest this, but Eli’s two sons were with the ark (vv. 3–4). They displayed a continued disinterest in God’s commands by taking the ark without consulting Him, and their choice resulted in their deaths (v. 11).

    Our Daily Bread Today 28 September 2021 Devotional Message:
    In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving tells of Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher who seeks to marry a beautiful young woman named Katrina. Key to the story is a headless horseman who haunts the colonial countryside. One night, Ichabod encounters a ghostly apparition on horseback and flees the region in terror. It’s clear to the reader that this “horseman” is actually a rival suitor for Katrina, who then marries her.

    Ichabod is a name first seen in the Bible, and it too has a gloomy backstory. While at war with the Philistines, Israel carried the sacred ark of the covenant into battle. Bad move. Israel’s army was routed and the ark captured. Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of the high priest Eli, were killed (1 Samuel 4:17). Eli too would die (v. 18). When the pregnant wife of Phinehas heard the news, “she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains” (v. 19). With her last words she named her son Ichabod (literally, “no glory”). “The Glory has departed from Israel,” she gasped (v. 22).

    Thankfully, God was unfolding a much larger story. His glory would ultimately be revealed in Jesus, who said of His disciples, “I have given them the glory that you [the Father] gave me” (John 17:22).

    No one knows where the ark is today, but no matter. Ichabod has fled. Through Jesus, God has given us His very glory!

    What do you think it means for God to give us His glory? How have you experienced it?

    Dear Father, thank You for revealing Your glory through Jesus. Make me mindful of Your presence throughout this day.

    Our Daily Bread Today 28 September 2021 Devotional Message. Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread.

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    Love always, Walter and Debbie
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