As go the leaders, so often go the sons. Eli's sons are no different from the Israelites around them; they too do what is right in their own eyes:
This trend of corrupt priests continues during the following generation, when Samuel's sons become priests. The Israelites use this to justify their request for a king like the peoples around them (8:1-4).
Sadly, even in our day unregenerate men serve in the ministry. They may be identified by their use of the ministry for financial gain, for power over others, and for sexual immorality. They resist accountability and manufacture substitutes for the presence of God. Though they may preach with persuasive words to large audiences, they manifest neither the power of God nor the fruit of His Holy Spirit. God's men honor God in their money, their marriages, and their servants" hearts for ministry.
What does Eli's initial response to Hannah reveal about his spiritual state and the spiritual state of the Levites?
What does Hannah's prayer reveal about her view of God?
How does the LORD distinguish Samuel from Eli? What does this reveal about those to whom God commits Himself?
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