1 Samuel 2* Hannah's song of thanksgiving. (1-10) The wickedness of Eli'ssons, Samuel's ministry. (11-26) The prophecy against Eli'sfamily. (27-36)1-10 Hannah's heart rejoiced, not in Samuel, but in the Lord.She looks beyond the gift, and praises the Giver. She rejoicedin the salvation of the Lord, and in expectation of His coming,who is the whole salvation of his people. The strong are soonweakened, and the weak are soon strengthened, when God pleases.Are we poor? God made us poor, which is a good reason why weshould be content, and make up our minds to our condition. Arewe rich? God made us rich, which is a good reason why we shouldbe thankful, and serve him cheerfully, and do good with theabundance he gives us. He respects not man's wisdom or fanciedexcellences, but chooses those whom the world accounts foolish,teaching them to feel their guilt, and to value his free andprecious salvation. This prophecy looks to the kingdom ofChrist, that kingdom of grace, of which Hannah speaks, afterhaving spoken largely of the kingdom of providence. And here isthe first time that we meet with the name MESSIAH, or hisAnointed. The subjects of Christ's kingdom will be safe, and theenemies of it will be ruined; for the Anointed, the Lord Christ,is able to save, and to destroy. 11-26 Samuel, being devoted to the Lord in a special manner,was from a child employed about the sanctuary in the services hewas capable of. As he did this with a pious disposition of mind,it was called ministering unto the Lord. He received a blessingfrom the Lord. Those young people who serve God as well as theycan, he will enable to improve, that they may serve him better.Eli shunned trouble and exertion. This led him to indulge hischildren, without using parental authority to restrain andcorrect them when young. He winked at the abuses in the serviceof the sanctuary till they became customs, and led toabominations; and his sons, who should have taught those thatengaged in the service of the sanctuary what was good, solicitedthem to wickedness. Their offence was committed even in offeringthe sacrifices for sins, which typified the atonement of theSaviour! Sins against the remedy, the atonement itself, are mostdangerous, they tread under foot the blood of the covenant.Eli's reproof was far too mild and gentle. In general, none aremore abandoned than the degenerate children of godly persons,when they break through restraints. 27-36 Those who allow their children in any evil way, and donot use their authority to restrain and punish them, in effecthonour them more than God. Let Eli's example excite parentsearnestly to strive against the beginnings of wickedness, and totrain up their children in the nurture and admonition of theLord. In the midst of the sentence against the house of Eli,mercy is promised to Israel. God's work shall never fall to theground for want of hands to carry it on. Christ is that mercifuland faithful High Priest, whom God raised up when the Leviticalpriesthood was thrown off, who in all things did his Father'smind, and for whom God will build a sure house, build it on arock, so that hell cannot prevail against it.
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