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Sunday, November 20, 2005


You may have heard the phrase "Here I raise mine Ebeneezer" in the song sung during the Flash presentation, "Honor, Sacrifice, Duty" and wondered, "What the heck does that mean?"

Here's the simplest explanation I could glean off the net:

The word help (Hebrew ezer) refers to someone who surrounds, supports, and strengthens another. Many people sing the words of the great hymn, “Here I raise mine Ebeneezer; Hither by Thy help I’m come,” without having the slightest idea what it means. It is a reference to a time when Israel conquered the Philistines and subdued them by the power of God. Samuel, the prophet, erected a stone and called it “Ebenezer,” or “Hitherto has the Lord helped us,” for indeed God had come to the rescue. _1_

Linked from If this doesn't move you... (you need a heart and soul transplant) at third world county

Hmm... a thought. Anyone who clicks through to this explanation would be the kind of person I might want an opinion on this question:

Should I consider posting an occasional "hymn story" at third world county, here or at Whistling in the Light (or all three?)?

Your comments are welcome.