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This week our lesson was titled "God Calls Little Samuel" from 1 Samuel 2-3. Use the teaching points below to help guide your family worship time this week.
During Samuel’s childhood, most of Israel is disobedient to God. God’s priests Hophni and Phinehas, sons of Eli, are corrupt. When the people bring sacrifices to God, Hophni and Phinehas keep some of the best meat for themselves. They do other terribly sinful things as well.
Because of this, the Lord sends a prophet to warn Eli that his sons will be destroyed because they are corrupt. He also says that the priesthood will be taken away from Eli’s family because Eli has not honored God. Even in the face of this prophecy, Eli does not remove his sons from serving at the temple.
In this passage we see young Samuel meet the Lord personally for the first time. At first, Samuel does not recognize the voice of God. But Eli discerns that it is God and instructs Samuel to answer. God gives Samuel a prophetic message of judgment over Eli’s house. In a time when the word of the Lord and visions are rare among the Israelites because of sin, God speaks clearly to Samuel about the future. Still Eli allows his sons to remain as priests and does not repent.
Samuel is reluctant but upon the urging of Eli, shares God’s judgment over Eli’s house and confirms the word of the earlier prophet that the house of Eli will be judged. In their corrupt service as priests of God, Eli’s sons were basically rejecting God and his ways. They were using the priesthood for their own advantage, and not honoring God. People who refuse to believe in God and live only for themselves can never be forgiven because they will never repent. This is why God said that no sacrifice or offering could ever atone for the sins of Eli’s household.
As Samuel grew, the Lord was with him, and all of Israel recognized him as a prophet of God.
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
Read 1 Samuel 2:26; Luke 2:52.
In the midst of corruption within Eli’s household, God sent a man to prophesy the coming of a faithful priest who would be obedient to the heart and mind of God. The final fulfillment of this promise came in the life of Christ. Jesus did only what his Father commanded him to do (John 14:31). Jesus is a faithful high priest forever (Hebrews 7:21–24).
Samuel was also a foreshadowing of Christ. Very similar language is used to describe both Samuel and Jesus (compare 1 Samuel 2:26 and Luke 2:52).