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Great to have you back
at Daily Bread for another great episode of the history of Israel from the book of 1
Samuel. When our last study time ended, Eli was told by the Lord through Samuel,
that the future was grim for he and his family.
ELI DIED STUDY ON ELI DIED STORY WITH ELI DIED MESSAGE
Now at that time,
there were still battles between the heathen people who were never dispossessed
of their land in Canaan, and Israel who inherited the land from God. Just as He
had warned ... They would always be thorns in their sides.
In the days when
Samuel had begun to prophecy, the Philistines again made war against Israel and
at first, Israel was being defeated, losing about 4,000 men. So they decided it
was a good idea to take the Ark of the Covenant out to the battlefield, in hopes
that it would save them.
Now, who do you
think went with the Ark? You guessed it ... Hophni and Phinehas, Eli's sons.
When the Ark came into the camp, all of Israel shouted so loudly that the Earth
rang, like it did in Jericho.
So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came
to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people
shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the
people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took
Philistines heard it, they knew that the Ark of the Lord was in the camp, and
they were afraid, recalling all the great wonders that the Lord had worked on
behalf of Israel since He brought them out of the land of Egypt.
But the Philistines
then encouraged one another to be courageous and fight like men so that they
wouldn't end up as slaves to the Hebrews, as the Hebrews were to the Philistines
aforetime. They then defeated Israel sorely and stole the Ark of God, killing
Hophni and Phinehas.
ELI DIED LESSON WITH ELI DIED EXPLANATION
One man from the
tribe of Benjamin escaped the disaster and ran to Shiloh the same day, with his
clothes torn and dirt on his head, as was customary when a person was in
mourning or devastation.
Now Eli, being
ninety-eight years old, and blind, sat waiting for the Ark of God to return, and
the man of Benjamin told Eli that there was a great slaughter of Israel,
including Hophni and Phinehas, and that the Ark of God was stolen.
If you read your text in your Bible, you'll notice that it wasn't when Eli heard
of the demise of his sons, that he was greatly affected, but when he heard the
news of the Ark of God being stolen, he fell backward in grief off his seat and
died, being an old and fat man. Eli judged Israel forty years. (Though this
story is not in the book of Judges, Eli was still considered a judge, even
though he was also a high priest.)
ELI DIED INFORMATION WITH ELI DIED MEANING
When Phinehas' wife
heard that her husband and her father-in-law were both dead, and that the Ark
had been taken, she went into labor and gave birth to a son, naming him Ichabod
(which means "no glory"), saying, The glory is departed from Israel, for the Ark
of God is taken. She died after giving birth.
To find out what happened next with the Ark of God, come on back soon and we'll
look at that story together right here at Daily Bread.
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