Ichabod: “The glory of God is gone.”

“…and when she heard the news that the Ark of God was captured, that her father-in-law and husband were dead, she bowed and gave birth, for her pains came upon her. About the time of her death the women attending said to her: ‘Do not be afraid, for you have borne a son.’ But she did not answer or pay attention, she named the child Ichabod [meaning: “no son of glory”], saying: ‘The glory has departed from Israel!’ because the Ark of God had been captured and she said: ‘The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured'”

I Samuel 4:10,11 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phineas, were slain. (KJV)

A low point in the nation of Israel. The ark of the covenant had been captured by the Philistines.

Fast forward a few decades and David‘s desire is to return the ark to Jerusalem.

For us to experience the glory of God on our lives, for us to truly be in the presence of God, we must come face-to-face with the holiness of God. Coming face-to-face with the holiness of God exposes everything about us.

When our lack of holiness is exposed, we begin to re-order our lives to the things of God. When we experience the presence, the glory of God, there is an outflow of God-stuff that other people take notice of, (like how Michal despised David when he danced in front of the procession leading the ark into Jerusalem).

This is the topic of Carl’s sermon this week at 10 a.m. in Cornerstone Fellowship’s downtown Kilgore location.

Sunday small groups start at 9 a.m. and worship begins at 10 a.m.

Hope to see you here!

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About Cornerstone Fellowship

Cornerstone Fellowship is a new church that started on September 5th and currently meets Sundays mornings at 10 a.m. Our location is 206 Main Street in the heart of Downtown Kilgore. If you are searching for a church home come check us out!
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