While in Shiloh at the tabernacle, Hannah cries and prays to the Lord for a male child. She says if the Lord will give her a child she will dedicate him back to the Lord as a Nazarite. Eli, the high priest, saw her lips moving but heard no sound and assumed she was drunk. 😏 Sometimes hurting women are misunderstood, even by those in church. But Hannah responds graciously and once she explains herself, Eli says, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant you your petition which you have asked of Him”. So Hannah bears a son and names him Samuel. Once he is weaned she brings him to Eli in the house of the Lord at Shiloh. Hannah then says a beautiful prayer magnifying the Lord. It is much like the prayer Mary will say when she is pregnant with our Savior (Luke 1:46-55).
Now Eli has 2 sons of his own, Hophni and Phinehas, who are priests and they “…were corrupt; they did not know the Lord”. Wait. But they are priests. Is this possible?! 🤔 Jesus will later tell us to “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15). Yep. That sounds like these dudes bc they are saving the best offerings to the Lord for themselves and sleeping with the women who come to worship at the tabernacle. The Lord does not take this lightly. In His own timing and in His own way, He will deal with these wolves just like He does with Eli’s sons in today’s reading. The Lord tells Eli regarding his two sons, “…in one day they shall die, both of them. Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind”. And that’s what happens. “So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” Then during a battle against the Philistines “There was a very great slaughter…the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died”. Tomorrow Eli gets the bad news and the perfect High Priest is still coming so keep reading.
(1 Samuel 1:9-4:11)