Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.

I Samuel 7:12

A Christmas Carol is what generally comes to mind when I hear the name “Ebenezer”.  Old grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge has, I think, ruined the name “Ebenezer” for several generations.  You don’t see many little Ebenezer’s running around.  The only other time I run across the name “Ebenezer” is when I sing one of my favorite hymns, “Come, Thou Fount”.  In it, one of the verses says “Here I raise mine Ebenezer, Hither by thy help I’m come.”  It sounds good, but until today, I really didn’t know exactly what it meant. 

“Here I raise mine Ebenezer” comes from this verse in I Samuel.  The name “Ebenezer” is Hebrew and means “The stone of help”.  It really is a great name!

Samuel put up (raised) a stone and called it Ebenezer because, as the end of the verse says, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us”.  He put the stone there for a memorial to the fact that the Lord had helped them to that point.  It would remind the Israelites that they had not done things on their own, but were completely indebted to the Lord for all that they had and all that they had overcome.

We should, as the hymn says, be raising some “Ebenezers” in our own lives.  We should recognize that it has indeed been the Lord who has helped us.  We should remember that everything we have and everything we are is all because of Him.  He has brought us this far, and He will take us the rest of the way, too.

Here I raise MY Ebenezer.  He has been my “stone of help”.  I will try to remember that and honor Him for that all of my days.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Oh Ben . . .what a wonderful discovery! And I just read another comment someone sent in to Loren’s blog (answersfromthebook) about stones. And I wrote a poem awhile back (not for the blog) about stone seekers which ends with us bowing before Him, our Rock of Ages. 🙂 God bless you and thanking Him with you for being our stone of help! deb


    • Thanks, Deb! I was really happy to “solve that mystery”. I had been wondering about that for years. And I love the hymn “Rock of Ages”- it’s one of my favorites!


  2. Ben, Thanks for solving that mystery. It is funny how we can sing something in a song for so long wondering what it means. I’m glad God revealed this answer to you now so you could share it with us. I’m glad to lift up my Ebenezer as well. Peace, Linda


    • I did think it was kind of funny after I looked it up. I’ve been singing that song all my life and never knew what it meant. Now that I know, I will think about it every time I sing it, which will be good!


  3. “The Stone of Help”… what a wonderful thing! For some reason I am reminded of the hymn “The Rock That is Higher than I”. Great post.


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