1Sam 3: 10-14
3:10 And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other
times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant
1Sa 3:11 Then the LORD said to
Samuel, "Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone
who hears it will tingle.
1Sa 3:12 On that day I will fulfill
against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.
1Sa 3:13 And I declare to him that I
am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were
blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.
1Sa 3:14 Therefore I swear to the
house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or
We find here in this text the result of sin
in God's house. Eli had not stopped his sinning sons even though he knew what they were up
to. And so, God's wrath was revealed upon Eli and his sons. Eli, when he heard this
prophecy given through the boy, Samuel, simply resigned himself to his fate instead of
seeking God in true repentance.
There was a long history of the two sons of
Eli being involved in sins of greed and lust. Eli had warned them in a soft `gentleman'
manner instead of properly dealing with their wickedness.
How different was the repentance of David!
When he heard Nathan's story of the lamb killed by the rich man he was furious and
demanded to know who the man was so that he should die. Nathan replied, "You are the
man!". At that, David crumbled and humbled himself before God. He stopped defending
himself and he confessed his sin just as it was. He found mercy from the Lord.
Eli, however, did not seek God's mercy in
repentance. No wonder God said that no sacrifice could cover their sins!
A while later every word of this prophecy
came into fulfillment. The sons of Eli continued in the service of the temple as priests
instead of being dealt with by their father. You parents, do you allow your children to
continue with their sin, blatantly and to the destruction of your family and many others?
Despite the false confidence of the Israelite army when Hophni and Phineas arrived with
the Ark, their were routed and the Ark was captured. (God was able to take care of His
glory, as we read in the rest of the story.) However, Eli and his two sons died, as God
had warned. Many other Israelites also died.
So it is when sin is allowed in God's house.
Let's learn from this and not follow in Eli's footsteps.