The Stone of Ebenezer

In the days of the last judge of Israel, from the foothills of Ephraim to the coast of the Great Sea, THE STONE OF EBENEZER is a thrilling saga of loss and revenge. As nations clash in a struggle for regional dominance, two men, on opposite sides, each strive to overcome the past and reconcile faith in his god.
After years of preparation and research, and five years of writng, I have finally completed the first in the four part series, Trilogy of Kings. The first book, the Stone of Ebenezer, is finished. Now on to editing and finding a publisher.
Table of Contents
Prologue
Part the First …

Chapter 1: A Dire Need
Chapter 2: The Seat of God
Chapter 3: Raging Waters
Chapter 4: Mountain of Promise
Chapter 5: A Just Cause
Chapter 6: A Storm Approaches
Chapter 7: Kohen Godol
Chapter 8: In the Presence of the Enemy
Chapter 9: A Holy Prize
Chapter 10: Ashdod
Chapter 11: Sooth-Sayer
Chapter 12: Writhing in the Night
Chapter 13: Ramah
Chapter 14: The Naioth
Chapter 15: Riots and Wrath
Chapter 16: Gath
Chapter 17: Darkness Descends
Chapter 18: The Mask of Death
Chapter 19: Leave-Taking
Chapter 20: The Flame of Doom
Chapter 21: A Shared Curse
Chapter 22: Reparation
Chapter 23: The Threshing
Chapter 24: Banished
Chapter 25: Riyphah
Part the Second
Chapter 26: Bloodlust
Chapter 27: Mizpah
Chapter 28: Shattered
Chapter 29: Retribution
Chapter 30: Requited
Chapter 31: The Stone of Ebenezer
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Living Hope ~

As another September 11 rolls around, I find myself in an all too familiar situation. Heartache follows me with each passing year. Restless sleep interrupted by wakefulness, punctuated by dreams that leave me wholly spent and overwhelmed with sadness. It has been eleven years. You would think that this would be easier, but it isn’t. The trauma of that terrible day plagues me still. I imagine, it always will.

Yet, as I was reading in the book of Genesis, I found myself comforted by these words:

“And I will put enmity

Between your seed and her Seed;

He shall bruise your head,

And you shall bruise His heel.”

~Genesis 3:15

Here Adam and Eve have just committed the first sin, a sin that brought on the fall of the human race. As God pronounces the curse placed upon the serpent, He tells the Enemy that He will send one who is from the seed of woman, and though the serpent will bruise His heel, this One will bruise his head. This is the first promise of the Messiah, the Savior, from the seed of Mary, who in His death and resurrection, broke that power of sin and death that the curse brought to mankind.

Then God takes it a step further, as a loving Father:

“Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”  ~ Genesis 3:21

Even though Adam and Eve have made this terrible mistake, even though they have disobeyed the Lord, He made them clothes to cover their nakedness. How wonderful to know that we have a God that cares enough for us to cover us in our nakedness. And though we fail, He takes us as we are and cares for us, supports us, and clothes us.

As we face hard times, as loss and sorrow enter our lives, it is good to know we have a Lord who has planned for our future. From the very beginning, He has provided for us a way of escape. And though at times we are overwhelmed, we know we have a Living Hope. For our Savior conquered death so that we are redeemed from the penalty of our broken oath.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”   ~ 1 Peter 1:3

As the Lord promises not to give us more than we can bear, He also promises to give us a way of escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13) How beautiful to behold the love the Master, who bears our burdens with us, who weeps in our sorrow. With arms uplifted we rejoice in His loving kindness, for His works are good. And in the arms of Jesus hope is restored.

~ Susan