Ichabod

I was recently asked the question if Ichabod always precedes famine and calamity.
Let’s first learn the origin of Ichabod.
Then she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband. 1 Sam 4:21
It was perhaps the darkest hour of Israel.
The Ark of the Covenant was taken and was in the hands of the Philistines, Israel’s enemy.
Hophni and Phinehas, the 2 priests that were in charge of the Ark, were killed and when their father, Eli, heard all the news he fell off his seat, broke his neck, and died.
The woman that gave birth went into labor when she heard the news, for her husband was Phinehas and her father-in-law was Eli.
She, too, died in childbirth.
How did this begin?
What went wrong?
It didn’t “just happen”?
It started because of a blatant disregard for God; now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the LORD. 1 Sam 2:12
A portion of each sacrifice would go to the priests, but they took advantage of this and took their portion, and as much as they wanted, before God received His!
It is also said they lay with the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting (1 Sam 2:22), that is, they seduced the women “in church”.
The spiritual corruptness spread to all Israel; Eli told his sons, “You make the LORD’s people transgress.” 1 Sam 2:24
When war broke out with the Philistines, the Hebrews put their trust in the Ark of God; after all, it had never let them down before.
But can God bless a nation that has turned their back on Him?
After this calamity, it’s no wonder that she named the baby Ichabod, which means “inglorious”.
It would seem the curse continues and this baby grows with his name being the constant reminder of the apostasy of Israel.
My opinion is this is all a cleansing of the nation.
With the spiritual impotency of Eli gone along with the corrupt nature of his sons, it leaves Samuel as the spiritual leader; things begin to get better.
Samuel’s first order of the day; Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” So the children of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only. 1 Sam 7:3-4
It seems to me that Ichabod may follow calamity rather than precede it; that Ichabod can be a cleansing and can lead to revival.
Though it may be very painful, our nation needs to experience Ichabod.

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