This message is one that has taken me days to get the right words for. I pray it speaks to you and to leaders and families. “Eli’s sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the LORD.” 1 Samuel 2:12 HCS.
Who was Eli? He was the High Priest. He was of the highest ranking order in Yahweh’s house. During Eli’s day there was no king, so he was the big guy! What was the big guy’s biggest sin? I will just use the Father’s words to tell you.
“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.
Eli was warned. He had seen his son’s many sins, but he winked at it.
Eli’s sons were the priest. They were the elite. They were dressed in an array of priestly garments and had a title of honor because of their father, Eli. The bible says this, “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 HaShem or that it was supposed to be an offering for the people. Eli’s son’s didn’t care if their father was the High priest to the Creator of the universe. They weren’t paying for the prime meats– it didn’t cost them anything. They acted as if they were more important than the Father and they had no fear of HIM. No Awe. Surely they had heard about Aaron’s sons being consumed in 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 Jesus/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 Eli and his son’s are running it?
When we get to chapter four of 1st Samuel something amazing 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 rabbits 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, and when a man ran to tell him his sons were dead and that the Ark had been taken, he fell backward and broke his neck. The Bible says it was because he was so fat that he broke his neck. . . Oh, Father, have mercy! He was taking the choice meats for him 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.
Shkhinah (less accurately pronounced as “Shekinah,” is when Our Fathers sweet presence and breath can be felt and will dwell among us. When His presence fills us, we are unable to even stand because His presence causes us to bow before a Great and Mighty Yah!
“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.