TEXT: 1 Samuel 4:12-18
This is an uncomfortable subject for many of us, but if you listen and take heed, this particular series can not only change your life spiritually, but it can save your life physically.
We are all familiar with the story of Eli, the high priest who was dedicated to God, but did a terrible job raising his sons. The verses we have just read describe his final moments alive. The children of Israel have gone to war with the Philistines, and Eli is sitting by the road near the tabernacle waiting to hear the outcome of the battle. He is especially concerned about the fate of the Ark of the Covenant which the children of Israel had carried into battle.
A messenger comes running from the battle to tell Eli four things: that the Israelites were defeated, that there was a "great slaughter," that his two sons were among the dead, and the the Ark had been captured. The news is too much to take for old Eli, and when the last blow comes -- the mention of the ark of God, the Bible says, "he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died." The writer adds, "he was an old man, and heavy."
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