from Lynda Lindsey
There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed. I Samuel 2:2-3
Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the Lord… Thus 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. I Samuel 2:12; 17
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. I Samuel 2:22
Hannah, heartbroken over her barrenness, prayed earnestly for a child, vowing to dedicate him for all the days of his life to the Lord. Samuel was born and Hannah honored her vow, taking the young boy after he was weaned to the sanctuary at Shiloh. Before leaving Samuel in the care of the priest, Eli, now an old man, and his two corrupt sons, Hannah sang a jubilant, yet poignant, song praising and thanking God. Set during the time of the judges when lawlessness and evil prevailed, Samuel is the antithesis of the profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity around him.
Samuel grew physically and spiritually, in favor with the Lord and with man, as he ministered in the Lord’s presence. Eli’s sons openly flouted their debauchery and perversion, greedily stealing offerings meant for the Lord’s honor, intimidating those who questioned their tactics, and committed gross sexual immorality with women who served God at the sanctuary entrance. God held both Eli and his sons guilty: Eli for honoring his sons above God and all three were complicit in treating God’s holiness with contempt, scorn, disdain and loathing. Silence in the face of evil is wrong.
Hannah’s song accurately portrays man’s prideful, arrogant actions being weighed and found lacking against God’s innate holiness and righteousness. The Lord, a God of knowledge, knows and weighs our actions. God honors those who honor Him; those who habitually and persistently despise Him, God will cast away from His presence. Hannah and Samuel honored and revered God. Eli and his sons, deeply entrenched in sin, were unwilling to change, repent and return to the Lord. God doesn’t tolerate unfaithfulness forever; don’t leave an unrepentant heart to harden.