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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel (2:27-36) Family Sins!

As we continue to work our way though the book of I Samuel, we look this morning at 2:27-36. There we read:

A Bit of History: An anonymous “man of God” comes to Eli and reminds him of God’s grace in choosing his tribe to be God’s priests. A charge: He then asks, “Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering and honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering?”

A judgment: (1) God changes His promise regarding Eli’s family ministering before the Lord forever (“Those who honor me I will honor; those who despise me will be disdained”) (v. 30). (2) He will cut short the lives of all in Eli’s family (“no one in your family will ever reach old age”) (vv. 31-32). “Every one of you that I do not cut off from serving at my altar I will spare only to destroy your sight and sap your strength, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life” (v. 33). (3) Hophni and Phinehas, Eli’s two sons, will die on the same day as a sign to Eli (v. 34).

A promise: God will raise up for Himself a faithful priest “who will do according to what is in my heart and mind” (v. 35). God will firmly establish his priestly house to “minister before my anointed one always.” God says that everyone left in Eli’s family line will come and beg Eli for food, ironically saying, “Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat.” (v. 36).

Wow! God’s judgment comes full circle. Eli is condemned (along with his sons) for fattening himself on the choice parts of the offerings. Then he is told that Eli’s family will have to beg this faithful priest, whom God will raise up, for “some priestly office” so that will have something to eat! (sarcasm?)

How we deal with sin — especially in our own families — reveals our attitude toward the things of God. Eli’s failure to discipline his sons displayed a scorning of the sacrifices made to God and a personal addiction to food for Eli!

God is capable of rescinding His promises, for He responds to human conduct sometimes with stark judgment. For Eli, the priestly task will be given to another, all his descendants will die prematurely, and his two sons will perish on the same day.

But God’s plans are not irrevocably derailed. He promises to raise up a faithful priest who will act in tune with God’s heart and mind!

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Posted by on November 7, 2018 in I Samuel 2


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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel (2:18-26) God’s Will?!

While the sons of Eli were villainous, Samuel the young boy “was ministering before the Lord” (v. 18).  He wore a linen ephod, one part of a priest’s wardrobe.

His little robe was replaced annually by his mother who hand-made the garment and would deliver it to him at the annual sacrifice (v. 19).

What a contrast:  Eli’s sons showing contempt for the Lord’s sacrifice; Samuel’s mother providing clothing for her son as he was serving the Lord!

Eli prays for Elkanah and his wife [note the non-mention of Penniah] — that she would bear more children to take the place of the one she “gave to the Lord” (v. 20).  We read, “And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters.”  And the boy Samuel “grew up in the presence of the Lord” (v. 21).

We learn of the further wickedness of Eli’s sons.  They even slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting!  They effectively treated the Lord’s presence as an opportunity to pursue prostitution! (v. 22).  Eli tries to rebuke them, asking them why they do such things, that their deeds are wicked, and that there can be no mediator for their sins against the Lord! (vv. 22-25).  We then read, “His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death” (v. 25).  What an amazing statement!

Here we have the juxtaposed positions of man’s refusal to listen and the Lord’s will to execute them for their wickedness.  But we read of Samuel that he “continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people” (v. 26).  This reminds us of the Lord Jesus of whom we read in Luke 2:52- “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”  Thank God for our great Intercessor, the Lord Jesus, for all our sins are “against the Lord,” aren’t they?


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Posted by on November 6, 2018 in I Samuel 2


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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel! (2:12-17) SCOUNDRELS!

We are slowly making our way through this great book of I Samuel.  This morning we learn much about the priest Eli and his two sons.

They are described as “scoundrels,” a word we hardly use today.  A “scoundrel” is “an unprincipled, dishonorable person; villain.”  These men “had no regard for the Lord” (v. 12).

Their villainy had to do with sacrifices offered to the Lord!  Their culinary greed violated the practice of the appropriate support of the priesthood.  They would even resort to force to acquire the meat they wanted (v. 16).

How did the Lord look at their practice?  He describes their sin as “very great in the Lord’s sight.”  Why?  “For they were treating the Lord’s offering with contempt” (v. 17).

Their action seems to be very similar to the practice of some of the Corinthian Christians with regard to the Lord’s Supper!  We read in I Corinthians 11 of this parallel.  Their meetings, Paul says, “do more harm than good” (v. 17). They are marked by division. When they come together to eat the Lord’s Supper, “it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat” (v. 20), for some treated that sacred service as their own private suppers (one person remains hungry and another gets drunk) (v. 21). Paul accuses them of despising the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing (v. 22).  [Eli’s sons certainly humiliated those who brought an offering to the Lord, didn’t they?]

The Corinthians were eating the bread and drinking the cup “in an unworthy manner,” rendering themselves “guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord” (v. 27). By failing to examine themselves and check their motives, they were eating and drinking “judgment on themselves” (v. 29). In fact, their sin was so grievous that God inflicted “many” among them with sickness and even killed some of them (v. 30)!

While the offering in Eli’s time (I Sam. 2) was different than the commemorative celebration of Christ’s offering Himself for us (I Cor. 11), the principle is the same: treating that which is holy with contempt brings the judgment of God!

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Posted by on November 5, 2018 in I Samuel 2


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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel! (2:1-11) A MIGHTY PRAYER OF FAITH!

“No more diapers to change!”  I doubt those were the words of Hannah as she left Eli’s presence after turning over her son Samuel!  Some suggest she may have had six other sons (see 2:5) to take care of.  But she keeps her vow and praises God for His answering her agonized prayer.

Please notice several features in Hannah’s prayer:

1. She focuses on the character of her God!  “There is no one holy like the Lord, no one besides you, no Rock like our God.” (v. 2).  “The Lord is a God who knows; by him deeds are weighed.” (v. 3).  He is the Lord who brings death and makes alive; He sends poverty and wealth; He humbles and exalts (vv. 6-7).  The Lord will judge the ends of the earth (v. 10).  Hannah knew her Lord!
2.  She rejoices in God’s meeting her need!  She describes herself as “those who were hungry are hungry no more.  She who was barren has borne seven children! (v. 5).  She sees herself as one who has been raised from the dust, from the ash heap, and has been seated with princes (v. 8).
3. She speaks warnings to the wicked!  Those who talk proudly or speak arrogantly will be weighed by the Lord (v. 3).  He breaks the bows of the warriors (v. 4).  The wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness (v. 9).  Those who oppose the Lord will be broken (v. 10).

Elkanah (with Hannah and Peninnah) return home, “but the boy ministered before the Lord under Eli the priest (v. 11).

Oh, that my knowledge of and faith in the Lord were close to Hannah’s!

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Posted by on November 4, 2018 in I Samuel 2


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