ELI: HIS SONS MADE THEMSELVES VILE AND HE RESTRAINED
Dr. Miles Seaborn
1 Samuel 3:13b
INTRO. A lady in this church who will remain nameless
unless someone identifies her as Lois Nelson is being
gracious enough to edit my sermons that Mrs. Miller
copies word for word from the recording of our morning
services. This week she was startled to find her
pastor didn't make sentences! "I've listened to you
again and again and didn't hear your grammatical
mistakes." Never mind Mrs. Nelson, my family tells me
all about them.
You see, she had been filling in the gaps of grammar -
anticipating what was to be said - listening to the
context and overlooking the specifics. We do so much
of God's Word that way. There is "so much of us" in
what we hear and what we perceive!
Eli: his life and God's dealings with him have so
much to say to us. "Happenings in our cities this
week make our text this morning read like today's
headlines." "His sons made themselves vile and he
restrained them not!" Perhaps you can find much of
yourself - the good and the bad - We want to do right
and the doing of evil through the life of this man.
I. HOW HE FACED COMPETITION TO HIS MINISTRY AND LIFE
1. He made restitution for his sins. Story of
Hannah praying in the temple - 1:14. How long
wilt thou be drunk, put away thy wine from thee!
"Seeth thou a man that is hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him."
Proverbs But you see we have hope for Eli because
he never forgave himself for his hasty words to
Hannah. Time and again they come back to haunt
him. He could admit his wrong for he said to her
before the conversation was over, "Go in peace,
and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition
which thou hast asked of him." Even in his
remorse in the days to come Eli tried to make up
for that insult to Samuel, her son.
2. He handled the envy in his heart toward
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