Eli's daughter in law
The BackgroundIt was toward the end of the time of the Judges Samuel, a priest, the last judge, and a prophet, was young man with the priest Eli.
Not a wicked priest, but one with wicked sons.
Israel and the Philistines were at war. After a disastrous defeat, the Israelite troops were discouraged.
They decided a talisman was needed, a good luck charm.
Not just any good luck charm: the Ark of the Covenant, with its priests Phinehas and Hopni, Eli's sons.
Israel shouted their excitement at its arrival, so loudly that their enemies were scared.
But the Ark didn't help them win their next battle. They brought the outward sign of God's presence, but had long ago left God Himself out of the picture.
There was another disastrous defeat, with over ten times more lives lost than before.
Among the dead were the priests Phinehas and Hopni.
And the Philistines captured the Ark.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch . . .er, Shiloh, where the Tabernacle was, where the priests plied their trade & people came to worship,
Eli’s daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near her time of delivery. When she heard that the Ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth. She died in childbirth, but before she passed away the midwives tried to encourage her. “Don’t be afraid,” they said. “You have a baby boy!”
Her dying thought was not for the joy of her infant, nor sorrow at the loss of her husband (perhaps no great husband to her at that), but for the Ark of the Covenant, the symbol and residence of God with her nation, which had been captured by the enemy.
And what about me?Am i treating God as my good-luck charm, or honoring Him as the holy Creator and King He is?
The Lord of the Universe is no one's good-luck charm nor anyone's cosmic Servant.
A Bible Gateway Resource: Ichabod's Mother
The Glory of God, and Misplaced Confidence
Meditation on Ichabod's Name: God Honors those Who Honor Him
A Pastor Answers from Scripture: What Can the Righteous Do?
Note: These articles are very good, but the fact that i have linked to them does not mean that i agree with every idea presented. Most, yes, but not every.