Samuel and Eli

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Samuel and Eli


Post by theophilus » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:10 am

There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite. He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
1 Samuel 1:1,2 ESV

Hannah desperately wanted a son and promised God that if he gave her a son she would give him back to God to serve him.

And she vowed a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”
1 Samuel 1:11 ESV

God answered her prayer. God gave her a son and she named him Samuel. When he was old enough she brought him to the house of God and gave him to Eli the priest.

And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. And the child was young.Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli.
1 Samuel 1:24,25 ESV

I don’t think I would have considered Eli a suitable guardian for Samuel. He had two sons, named Hophni and Phineas, and although they served as priests, they were evil.

Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the LORD.

The sin of the young men was very great in the sight of the LORD, for the men treated the offering of the LORD with contempt.

1 Samuel 2:12,17 ESV

Eli tried unsuccessfully to persuade his sons to change their ways.

Now Eli was very old, and he kept hearing all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who were serving at the entrance to the tent of meeting. And he said to them, “Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all these people.”
1 Samuel 2:22,23 ESV

God finally sent a man of God to pronounce judgment but he spoke not to Eli’s sons but to Eli himself.

Why then do you scorn my sacrifices and my offerings that I commanded for my dwelling, and honor your sons above me by fattening yourselves on the choicest parts of every offering of my people Israel?
1 Samuel 2:29 ESV

Apparently when his sons were little Eli had cared more for them than for his responsibilities as a priest. By doing this he condemned his sons to death. Does this sound like a person who should be entrusted with bringing up a future prophet?

Yet this is the man to whom God gave the responsibility of raising Samuel, and apparently he did a good job. Samuel grew up obeying God and the first message God gave to him was one of judgment on the house of Eli. God often chooses those whom we would consider unqualified to carry out his work.

It is also possible that Eli was chosen for this job because he had repented of his sin and undergone a change of heart. Hophni and Phinehas carried the ark into battle against the Philistines in the hope that this would give them victory. Instead they were killed and the ark captured. Notice how Eli responded when he heard the news.

A man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day, with his clothes torn and with dirt on his head. When he arrived, Eli was sitting on his seat by the road watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told the news, all the city cried out. When Eli heard the sound of the outcry, he said, “What is this uproar?”

Then the man hurried and came and told Eli. Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes were set so that he could not see. And the man said to Eli, “I am he who has come from the battle; I fled from the battle today.”

And he said, “How did it go, my son?”

He who brought the news answered and said, “Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has also been a great defeat among the people. Your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured.”

As soon as he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell over backward from his seat by the side of the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for the man was old and heavy.

1 Samuel 4:12-18 ESV

Eli had been told that his two sons would die, and yet his concern was not about them but about the ark. It was the fact that the ark had been captured, not that is sons were dead, that caused him to fall and be killed. At one time his sons had been the most important thing in his life; now it was the ark. It is unlikely that anyone else realized how his thinking had changed but God certainly knew.
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Post by B. W. » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:58 am

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Re: Samuel and Eli


Post by JButler » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:18 pm

I'd forgotten about that story. As a kid our family got the newest children's bible stories book from the church. The part about Eli breaking his neck was presented as he was big as in tall. That's why he broke his neck, falling from higher than "normal" people is what killed him. I remember being concerned and worried being one of the taller kids my age. I had the impression that God didn't like tall/big people so it was His judgement that his neck was broken.

I am so thankful God has answered my prayers to lead me to correct learning and avoid false teaching. It has opened my eyes and the Bible has become a source of wonder and amazement. Its also cleared out all kinds of false beliefs instilled into my youth. As the clarity and knowledge continue to increase, it reveals more and more how twisted the Bible was in their Calvinist view. Thank God for leading me to the right people!
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Re: Samuel and Eli


Post by abelcainsbrother » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:39 pm

There is a reason God laid down blood sacrifices and blood covenants with the ark of the covenant. Because before the foundation of the world God had Jesus on his mind.It is a blood covenant and blood sacrifice we enter into when we get saved by Jesus.God has not changed at all but man has and religious jews cannot keep the law without a temple and the ark of the covenant,yet they reject Jesus.

Dancing With The Ark. For you.
Hebrews 12:2-3 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,despising the shame,and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

2nd Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,lest the light of this glorious gospel of Christ,who is the image of God,should shine unto them.

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