Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

The parenting styles of Hannah and of Eli, and the resulting character of their sons, are woven together in stark contrast in 1 Samuel 1-3.  Compare their progress reports:

Hannah begged God for a son, promising to give the child back to God for his whole life.  And she did, even though it meant seeing him only once a year.  She honored God above her beloved son.  (Chapter 1)

Eli turned a blind eye to his two sons’ utter disrespect for God and for their duties as priests when they abused the people and the offerings that were brought to God.  In in this way, he honored his sons above the Lord. (2:12-17)

Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD. (2:21)

When Eli’s sons were seducing young women,  he delivered a token lecture that they ignored. (2:22-25)

Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the LORD and with the people.  (2:26)

God warned Eli he was going to kill his two sons because he allowed the abuses to continue, saying “I will honor those who honor me, but those who despise me will be cursed.” (2:30)

Meanwhile, the boy Samuel continued serving the LORD under Eli’s supervision.  (3:1)

God woke Samuel up one night with a shocking message of impending punishment on Eli’s family because of their blasphemy and his lack of discipline. (3:2-14)

As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him, and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable. And all Israel knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the LORD. (3:19-20)

…And the two sons of Eli, were killed… (4:11)

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Comments on: "Parenting—Eli’s model or Hannah’s?" (3)

  1. Becky Burton said:

    I hardly ever comment on here, and didn’t intend to comment on two blogs in a row –but you shared the very verse that I remember Dad quoting often: “They who honor the Lord, the Lord will honor.” That verse was even used in the sermon at Dad’s funeral. Thank God that he and Mom honored the Lord first and didn’t give us everything we might have thought we wanted. 🙂

    • Wasn’t that also the verse Eric Liddell used when he took his stand against running on Sunday?

      • Becky Burton said:

        Yes! I hadn’t remembered that, but saw that just the other day when I was watching a Twila Paris song video on YouTube– her song “He Is No Fool” refers to Eric Liddell (and shows the paper someone handed him with that verse on it) as well as Jim Eliot and his companions.

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