"Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath Jehovah helped us" (I Sam. 7: 12). This was just after the Philistines had been overcome and put to rout by the Israelites (I Sam. 7:5-11).
Meta. Realization and acknowledgment of God's aid in gaining victory over the errors of sense (Philistines). This is the result of mental and spiritual work and becomes an abiding consciousness in the soul, typified in the Scripture as the rock of Christ. (See MIZPAH.)
The stone called Eben-ezer refers to the Christ, who is a rock of deliverance, a very present help in every time of need, in every individual who will acknowledge Him. This stone's being placed between Mizpah and Shen--the watchtower of prayer and the assimilating of true ideas gained through prayer--heralds the lifting up of the whole organism, the bringing of the ideal man into manifestation; this is the work of the Christ in every individual.