1 Samuel 2:22-26
22 Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 23 So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. 24 No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the Lord’s people is not good. 25 If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the Lord, who will intercede for them?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death. 26 And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.
This passage shows the inadequacy of the earlier priestly system in setting people right before God – priests were human and basically wore out. Their role was an ongoing never-ending one, representing the people before God with the endless offering of gifts and sacrifices to atone for sins. No wonder Eli was preoccupied and unable to pull his sons into line, and then it was too late.
My great high priest Jesus is not preoccupied or worn out. He is eager to know me, to walk with me, to comfort me, to bless me. Hebrews 4 and 5 reminds me that because of Jesus’ life and death I can “approach the throne of God’s grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Jesus wonderfully represents me to God, so I am not condemned.
Jesus is both priest and sacrifice. He was perfect in his life and his death. For me, for you.
Dear Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God, yet you lived among us. You are “the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him”. Help me to obey. Amen
Written by Claire Moore