Eli the High Priest
1 Samuel 2:12-17
1 Samuel 2:27-36
1 Samuel 4:12-21
Eli had two sons named Hopni and Phinehas. Hopni and Phinehas did not had respect for God.
Whenever someone offered a sacrifice to the Lord and the meat was still boiling, they would sent his servants with a three pronged fork in hands.
When the servant arrived, he would stick the three pronged fork into the pot and brought back to the priest whatever the fork brought up.
Even when the fat portion of the meat was not yet burned, the servant of the priest would come and say forcibly to them, “Give the priest his meat now. The priest does not want his meat boiled but roasted.”
What they did was despicable in the eyes of the Lord.
One day, a prophet came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the Lord wants to say to you, ‘Didn’t I choose your family out of the many tribes of Israel to serve as priest in my house. Why did you show contempt on the sacrifices and offerings that the people presented to me?’
Therefore the Lord declares, “Because you show disrespect toward me, I will kill everyone in your family line and make sure that no one from your household will serve as priest before me again. To prove to you that this will take place, both of your sons Hopni and Phinehas will die on the same day. I already have appointed another person who is faithful and obedient towards me to be my priest.”
One day, a man from the Benjamin tribe ran from the battle line to Shiloh. When the man entered the city, he announced the sad news to everyone.
Eli was sitting on a chair near the city gate, because he was worried about the Ark of the Covenant being stolen away.
When Eli heard the commotion, he asked, “What is all these noise about?”
The man hastened over to Eli and told him, “Israel was defeated by the Philistines. Many of the soldiers were killed in the battlefield including your two sons, Hopni and Phinehas. The ark of the covenant had been captured by the Philistines.”
When Eli heard that the Ark of the Covenant was captured, he fell backward on his chair and broke his neck and died. He was 98 years old.
Eli’s daughter-in-law was about to give birth when the news was told unto her. She was having difficulty in labor.
As she was dying, the midwives told her, “Don’t worry. It’s a boy.” She did not paid attention to what they said to her.
She named her son Ichabod because of the capture of the Ark of the Covenant and the deaths of her father-in-law and husband.