1 Samuel 1:3 - Year after year this man [Elkanah] went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord.
Consistency of pure worship models the ways of God to the next generation. Elkanah paved the way for the birth of Samuel and national revival.
This is the parents' responsibility... to model and lead their family in worship.
1 Samuel 1:10-11 - In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. And she made a vow, saying, “O Lord Almighty , if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.
Hannah dedicated her unborn son to God... and then followed through with her promise. Consecration of children to God by parents is key for them understanding the ways of God.
Proclaim the Lordship of Jesus over your children continually. Start before they are born.
1 Samuel 1:28 - So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.
1 Samuel 2:18-19 - But Samuel was ministering before the Lord–a boy wearing a linen ephod. Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice.
Elkanah and Hannah continued their pure worship before God. Consistency in worship solidifies the spiritual foundation of your children.
1 Samuel 2:21 - Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.
How can you as a parent cultivate the presence of the Lord in your home?
1 Samuel 2:22 - Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
Eli rebuked them, but didn't stop them. Eli didn't care that God's name was being desecrated in all Israel.
1 Samuel 2:25 - His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death.
Hophni and Phineas made their choices and hardened their hearts to God.
Parents who allow rebellion in the home are reinforcing hardness of heart toward God.
1 Samuel 4:3 - Let us bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant from Shiloh, so that it may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies.
The worst desecration of all - trying to manipulate God. The worship of God has departed. Self has taken the throne.
1 Samuel 4:17-18
The man who brought the news replied, “Israel fled before the Philistines, and the army has suffered heavy losses. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured.”
When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man and heavy. He had led Israel forty years.
1 Samuel 4:22 - The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.
Eli's choice to dishonor God by not caring about the impure worship, sexual immorality and rebellion of his sons led to national disaster. The glory of God had now left Israel.
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