THE DEPARTING OF THE GLORY OF GOD
1 Sam. 4:19-22
Around 3,100 years ago, a little boy came into this world with the curious name of Ichabod. His mother,
who died giving him birth, named him that as she died. The word means, "the glory is departed." The Bible record indicates
that the little boy's father, mother, and his grandfather, Eli the priest, all died on the same day.
Ichabod's mother gave him that name because the Philistines had stolen the ark of Israel and because
her husband, Phinehas, and his father, Eli, had both died. The final verse of the chapter gives more emphasis to the taking
of the ark for the choosing of the name, Ichabod.
Ichabod - THE GLORY IS DEPARTED! All of his life, this child's name remembered the fact that the ark
of God, which contained the word of God, had been taken by the Philistines.
When the word of God departed, the glory departed When the word of God was removed, the glory was gone,
for the LIGHT was gone. God's word is LIGHT!
Psalms 119:105 Psalms 119:130
The glory of God is departing from the United States of America. Listen to God, His glory is departing
I. OUR COUNTRY (1 Samuel 4:21) And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory
is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.
Why? Because of the removal of God’s word from
1. The laws of our courts
A. Where do we the foundation for our laws?
1. From the 10 commandments!
2. The 10 commandments are now being
banded from our courts.
B. Constitutional amendment, separation of church and state now
of God and state.
2. Our learning institutions
A. Word of God banned from our schools and colleges.
B. Word of God replaced with evolution, idols, new age teachings.
3. From the lives of its citizenry
A. What is it that gives us our views of right and wrong? The
B. Our citizens have become Biblical literate
C. Decline of England, US to follow
II. OUR CHILDREN (Proverbs 17:6) Children's children are the crown of old men;
and the glory of children are their fathers.
Why? Because the Word of God has been removed from your homes.
Our children are not being taught
1. Roles of family members according to scriptures
2. Rules for child raising according to scriptures
3. Restraint of evil-doing according to scriptures
III. FROM OUR CHURCHS (Revelation 2:5) Remember therefore from whence thou art
fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of
his place, except thou repent.
Why? The word of God is being taken from our churches little by little
1. Love for the word of God is gone
A. Less and less preaching, more lectures, Powerpoint presentations,
drama, and other
2. Loyalty to the word of God is gone
A. Scriptures replaced with education, etc.
3. Living by the word of God is gone
A. Constitutions replacing the word of God as the authority in
B. Church pastors not living as examples
IV. FROM INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIANS (Psa. 119:1-2)Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Why? Because “Christians” are leaving the word.
1. When he quits reading the Bible (IITim. 2:15) Study to
show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2. When he quits receiving the Bible
3. When he quits rejoicing in the Bible (Ps. 119:162)I rejoice
at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.