“Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? “Why do you honor your sons more than me? by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?” (1 Samuel 2:29).
Many times we can honor our sons, our families, and even our spouses more than Him.
Eli was warned. He had seen his son’s gross sins, but he scarcely confronted them nor did he remove them from their positions.
Like Eli, his sons were the priest. They were the elite. They were dressed in beauty and Glory, the holy priestly garments. They had a title of honor because of their father, Eli, and their Heavenly Father, Abba, but they were evil men.
According to Abarim publications, “The name Phinehas means Turn And Hide; or, slightly more daring, Trust Your Heart.”
Jewish encyclopedia says, “HOPHNI AND PHINEHAS (Heb. חָפְנִי, Egyptian ḥfn (r), “tadpole”; Heb. פִּנְחָס, Egyptian pi-nḥsy, “the dark-skinned one”), the two sons of who served with him as priests in Shiloh (I Sam. 1:3). The fact that both had Egyptian names may be explained by the family’s Pharaonic connection (I Sam. 2:27).”
Tadpoles become frogs. What did the frogs do in Egypt? “The Nile will swarm with frogs, which will come up and go into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and on your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading bowls.” (Exodus 8:3 NASB). This detestable act caused frogs to get in their place of intimacy and their bread bowls and ovens–bread is food and our spiritual truths. These nasty creatures were in their ovens and mixing bowls. It was spreading throughout. This is good imagery for Eli’s sons.
“The custom of the priests with the people was that when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come, while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand, the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons. Sometimes the servant would come even before the animal’s fat had been burned on the altar. He would demand raw meat before it had been boiled so that it could be used for roasting. And if the man said to him, “Let them burn the fat first, and then take as much as you wish,” he would say, “NO, you must give it now, and if not, I will take it by force” (1 Samuel 2:13-16 ESV).
They took HaShem’s fat and His sweet smelling fragrance, and they took the portion commanded in Leviticus for Adonai and grilled them up a FILET! They had T-bone’s, Mercedes, mansions, and they slept with many women in the temple. They caused the people to abhor the offerings of HaShem.
Eli’s sons were unsatisfied with the breast and shoulder, so they took the best. They looked over the menu, and they ordered the most expensive thing because they didn’t care if it belonged to God or that it was supposed to be an offering for the people. They acted as if they were more important than the Father. There was no fear of HIM, and they caused the people to have disgust for worship. Had they not heard about Aaron’s sons being consumed in the fire in a moment?
Their father asked them why they did such unholy acts. He scolded them, but he didn’t remove them from their office as the priest. He lacked the righteous indignation which Yeshua manifested when he cleansed the temple. (John 2:13-17).
What does The Father think today when He looks down on HIS House and sees in several assemblies, Eli and his son’s are running it?
When we get to chapter four of 1st Samuel, something unusual happens. The Philistine army begins to attack them, and many are slaughtered, but what do Eli’s sons do? They grab the Ark, the precious Ark of the Covenant, where the Holy Spirit dwelt, and they thought they could use it like one would use a rabbit’s foot or lucky charm, to win the battle.
How did it end for Eli and his sons? Thirty-thousand footmen in the army fell that day over their sins. Eli was 98 years old when a man ran to tell him his sons were dead, and the enemy had stolen the Ark. On hearing, he fell backward and broke his neck. He was so fat that he broke his neck when he fell. He was taking the choice of meats for himself as well. It was about that time his son’s wife gave birth to a son and named him Ichabod, which means the glory is departed from Israel.
The Shekhinah is when Our Fathers sweet presence and breath can be felt and will dwell among us so strongly that we see His fore come down and we are in such awe of His glory, we fall on our face and worship. Our flesh man with all its desires for meat, flesh, lust, and fatness, is made small. We decrease, and He increases.
“Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the house. The priests could not enter into the house of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’S house. All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the LORD upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the LORD, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting” (2nd Chronicles 7:1-3 NASB).