1 Samuel 2:12-17
12 Eli’s sons were good for nothing. They didn’t honor the Lord. 13 When any of the people came to offer a sacrifice, here is what the priests would do. While the meat was being boiled, the servant of the priest would come with a large fork in his hand. 14 He would stick the fork into the pan or pot or small or large kettle. Then the priest would take for himself everything the fork brought up. That’s how Eli’s sons treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh. 15 Even before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come over. He would speak to the person who was offering the sacrifice. He would say, “Give the priest some meat to cook. He won’t accept boiled meat from you. He’ll only accept raw meat.” 16 Sometimes the person would say to him, “Let the fat be burned first. Then take what you want.” But the servant would answer, “No. Hand it over right now. If you don’t, I’ll take it away from you by force.” 17 That sin of Eli’s sons was very great in the Lord’s sight. That’s because they were not treating his offering with respect.
Having respect or regard for the Lord, fearing God, and knowing Him personally changes the way we live and the way we treat others. Eli’s sons in various translations are described as not knowing the Lord, having no respect for the Lord or their priestly duties, and not caring about God…. God didn’t mean anything to them, and so they didn’t care about God, about the relationship between God and His people, and they didn’t care for His people. Their actions of taking the best meat for themselves without regard for the people making the sacrifice, and later in the chapter in sleeping with women serving in the temple area show that they were simple looking out for themselves, using and abusing for their own gain. It’s an unflattering portrait.
My responsibility is to keep living from a place of respect and love for God, that I would be terrified of living outside of His protection, unlike Eli’s sons.
Lord, thank you that your love and grace is at work in my heart, please challenge me in the areas where I am living selfishly. Bring fresh revelation of your love, such that it overflows in every interaction I have. Amen.
Written by Beth Waugh