Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 2:11-21. In this Scripture, we learn that Elkanah and the rest of the family returned to their home in Ramah, but they left Samuel with Eli, the priest, so he could minister to the LORD. The sons of Eli were wicked. They didn’t know the LORD.
One of the customs of the priest during this time was that when men offered sacrifices they would cook them. When the sacrifice was done they would take a three-pronged utensil, dip into the pot and whatever they retrieved would be given to the priest. This custom was followed in Shiloh for all the Israelites who came to bring sacrifices.
The sacrifices were to be willingly given as an act of obedience to the LORD, but Eli’s sons threatened people into offering sacrifices. Then, they would choose the pieces of meat they wanted first before the rest was boiled for sacrifice. These young men committed a great sin before the LORD. They caused contempt among the people making them despise the offering of the LORD.
Samuel was only a child, yet he ministered to the LORD. He wore a linen garment. His mother would also make him a coat and bring it to him each year when they came to bring their sacrifice.
Eli, the priest, prayed to the LORD and asked Him to bless Elkanah and Hannah with more children because of the sacrifice they made by allowing Samuel to serve the LORD. The LORD blessed Elkanah and Hannah with three more sons and two daughters.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 2:11-21
11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.
12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.
13 And the priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;
14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.
15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest’s servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.
16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.
17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.
18 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
19 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home.
21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.
Things to think about:
- What was the problem with Eli’s sons?
- Can you imagine leaving your child and only seeing him once a year? How hard do you think this was for Hannah?
- Why did God bless Hannah and Elkanah?
- In what way did God bless Hannah and Elkanah?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this story about Samuel and the sacrifice his parents made by dedicating him to Your service. We thank You that we can see You blessed them for their obedience. Help us to use their example as inspiration to do Your will. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The Book of 1 Samuel: Prophets, Priests, and Kings by Deborah H. Bateman is a Daily Bible Reading Study of the book of 1 Samuel. This is the 31st book in the Daily Bible Reading Series. The book of 1 Samuel is found in the Old Testament of the Bible.
The Book of 1 Samuel not only discusses the life and call of Samuel as prophet but also includes events that happened during his lifetime. The people of Israel insisted on having a king and even though Samuel tried to warn them of the dangers of appointing a king, they insisted. So God chose Saul to be their king. A good portion of the book includes the events during the reign of King Saul including the ongoing rivalry between King Saul and David.
The Book of 1 Samuel: Prophets, Priests, and Kings contains 71 Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson consists of a commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scripture, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer to go along with the lesson. This Bible study is great as a personal daily devotional or a group Bible study.
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