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Tune in to God
We were on the radio again this morning, and it’s a privilege...but many more are tuning in each week online, taking advantage of technology.
[momma always said I had a face for radio!]
· His Sinful Sons [2:12, 17a]
v. 22 says they were full of lust…they were unsaved, ungodly, selfish, didn’t respect the things of God
v. 18 But Samuel…
No doubt Eli’s sons laughed at Samuel and ridiculed him.
· His Selfish Disobedience [vv. 22-26; 3:13]
The reason he is so overweight was he, along with his sons kept
taking the best from the offerings. They would actually steal more meat than
they needed and they would binge like gluttons and they would get fatter and
fatter. The truth is they stole from the offerings that were meant for God.
They stole from their own people.
· His Severe Judgment [vv. 29-30]
Thru v. 36 God removes him from his office.
· His Call from the Lord [3:1-10]
About 12 yrs. old…was sleeping…at first he thought it was blind Eli calling him. The old man may have been removed, set on the shelf, but Eli remembered what the voice of God had sounded like before he tuned out!
Young Samuel got tuned in!
· His Message from the Lord [vv. 11-14]
The person who is surrendered to the Lord and is willing to tune in will receive the signal and learn God’s will!
· His Message to Eli [vv. 15-20]
He was faithful to deliver the message,
though it couldn’t have been pleasant. [Situational ethics?—no, let the
truth set you free / prevail!]
He addressed his sons but did nothing to
We all must keep God 1st, family 2nd, ministry 3rd.
Eli tuned out!
He was too busy listening to worldly stations of the day. Stations like:
He proves you’ll never make it to Sunday school if you keep hitting the snooze at 930 AM on the dial!
The “All-Satan” Station 66.6
Power of the Air parodies
This was the so-called Christian Rock of Van Halo, Twisted Scripture, Def Shepherd
In the end, Samuel dies with all of Israel mourning his death.
Eli on the other hand died in dishonor because he tuned God out of his life…which contributed to the nation losing the presence of God and His blessings.
Read 1 Samuel 4:12-22
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