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    Then Elkanah went to his house at Ramah. But the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest. Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; (literally, sons of the devil) they did not know the Lord. I Samuel 2:11,12

    Samuel's mother, Hannah was barren but God blessed her and she conceived and lent her son, Samuel to the Lord to become a prophet of God! The priesthood was corrupt, Eli the priest was a fat, lazy man who would not keep his sons in line who were bedding the temple prostitutes and stealing the offerings given to God!

    God blessed Samuel who would become a powerful prophet of God, but the outcome of the house of Eli would be devastating, ending in death and the theft of the Ark of God! Eli's two sons were killed in one day, God cursed the house of Eli, and when Eli heard that the ark was stolen by the Philistines he fell off of his seat backwards and broke his neck. His daughter in law delivered his grandson and died before naming him Ichabod, saying, "The glory (presence of God) has departed Israel."

    As you can see, God's house is to be holy and its priesthood above reproach, then and now in the New Testament where we are not dealing with the blood of bulls and goats, but with the precious blood of Jesus and so we ought to fear God and minister in the power and presence of His Holy Spirit.

    "For I have told Eli that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile and he did not restrain them. "And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever," I Samuel 3:13,14

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ