EIGHTH STONE OF TESTIMONY
1 Samuel 7:1-14 Deliverance from the Philistines
Place: Between Mizpah (outlook, watchtower) and Shen (the tooth, peak). Mizpah is the place where Jacob and Laban parted in Mt. Gilead.
Name given to stone: Ebenezer (stone of help)
Anointing: First, the sons of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the LORD alone. They drew water and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted. Samuel made a burnt offering of a lamb.
Declaration: Now Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, and the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day against the Philistines and confused them, so that they were routed before Israel. . . .
Then Samuel took a stone . . . and named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”
The sequence all eight stones of testimony is interesting: Jacob acknowledges God and establishes covenant with Him. Jacob establishes a relationship of honor with his father-in-law. Jacob separates from the foreign gods. God promises Jacob the inheritance of the land for his descendants.
God establishes a covenant with Jacob’s descendants and promises the land as their inheritance. Joshua leads Jacob’s descendants into the Promised Land. Joshua reaffirms the covenant with God.
The Philistines are defeated by God, and the ark returned. The descendants of Jacob separate from the foreign gods, and the Philistines are defeated by God.
MOSES’ EIGHTH ASCENT (Ex 34:1-28, Dt 10:10) AND DESCENT (Ex 34:29)
It was on Moses’ eighth descent that his face shone.
So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the LORD had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. “Lord,” he said, “if I have found favor in your eyes, then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance.”
Then the LORD said: “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you.
Paul revives Eutychus (Acts 20:7-12)
The resurrection of Eutychus takes place in Troas during an all-night preaching and teaching. Troas means “penetrated.”
Psalm 92:10 (AMP)
But my horn [my emblem of strength and power] You have exalted like that of a wild ox; I am anointed with fresh oil [for Your service].
Micah 5:8 (ESV)
And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations,
in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
like a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
which, when it goes through, treads down
and tears in pieces, and there is none to deliver.
EIGHTH EAGLE’S WINGS
Revelation 12:14 Parable of the church and Satan
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the covenant You established with Israel. We thank You that we have been adopted as Your own children through Jesus Christ.
We are a stiff-necked people. Forgive our wickedness and our sin and take us as Your inheritance. Help us to tithe, to honor our fathers, to put away the foreign gods, to keep the Ten Commandments, to remember what You have done for us, and to distinguish the holy from the profane.
Lord, if we have found favor in Your sight, then go with us. Thus far You have helped us. You are able to defeat the Philistine spirits in Mississippi, and we trust in You. Penetrate Mississippi! Amen.