“Ichabod” is a Hebrew name found in the Bible. If you wonder why you’ve met lots of kids named Sam or Eli or David, but not an Ichabod, here’s why. Ichabod comes from the Hebrew word meaning “no glory, inglorious, or where is the glory?” The book of 1 Samuel starts out with the story of Israel’s defeat, the loss of the Ark, and the death of Eli and his two sons. Ichabod’s broken-hearted mother, one of the son’s widow, gives her newborn his despairing name as she dies in childbirth.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Before Israel betrayed God and started worshipping other idols, they lived as ONE under God’s sovereign protection, whose glory shone from the holy of holies inside the tabernacle. After the restoration of Israel by David, his son Solomon would build a holy temple, and the glory of the LORD would fill the house of God until Israel would stray again.
The Hebrew word for glory is Chabod. It translates “full glory, the full glory of the Lord.”
Ichabod vs. Chabod. Just one I of a difference between no glory and full glory. Funny? No. I-cky? Yes.
From the beginning, you and I were born for glory. As St. Irenaeus put it, “the glory of God is man fully alive.” But like Israel, we have all gone astray, seeking glory on our own, whose holy trinity is me, myself and I. I-ck! We’ve become I-ckabods because we have an I problem — our I-nfantile ego.
Like toddlers stealing toys from another, so it is with us and glory. Glory isn’t for the taking — it’s meant to be received. When we are self-centered/other-controlling, we seek glory from another. We become glory hounds.
Our prescription for sainthood takes just a dose of hum-i-lity to remedy our I problem.
Embrace it. Live it. Love it (Thanks, Toto)…