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Samuel, one of the most popular people in the Old Testament, grew up to be the last judge of Israel before he anointed Saul (1 Samuel 9), and later David (1 Samuel 16), as kings of Israel.

But what about Eli—the man who took care of Samuel after Samuel’s mother had dedicated him to the temple (1 Samuel 1:21-28)? What do we know about Eli, his sons, and his legacy?

We don’t often hear of Eli in a good context. Usually, any sermon that will speak about him does so in a negative way, and there’s a reason for that.

Although the Old Testament has a plethora of examples of what NOT to do in leadership, Eli exemplifies poor leadership through his passivity, among other vices.

In this article, we’ll dive into how Eli fails his calling to leadership, and how he serves as a foil to Samuel and how Samuel exemplifies strong, godly leadership.

Where Is Eli Mentioned in the Bible?

We first read about Eli in 1 Samuel 1 when a woman named Hannah is bitterly praying to the Lord that she may be granted a son. She offers, that if she is given a son, she will dedicate her son to temple service. This means that he would live and work in the temple under the leadership of Eli, and that no razor would touch his head. In other words, like Samson, he would live a Nazarite lifestyle.

Eli at first thinks Hannah is drunk because she’s moving her lips in prayer but no words are coming out. But after she explains the situation, he sends her away with a blessing

We continue to read about Eli through 1 Samuel 4. In four short chapters, we see a man who had the best intentions but fell away from the path of godly leadership.

What Is the Context of the Story of Eli?

During the time period of 1 Samuel 1-4, Israel is under attack from foreign enemies, especially a group known as the Philistines. If we recall the story of Samson, the Philistines were by far one of Israel’s most formidable enemies.

With this in mind, Israel needs strong leadership to guide them against these armies. However, Eli does not fit like a puzzle piece very well into the job. Even though God has appointed him as high priest over Israel, he abuses the role by not taking action when he should.

First, we see problems right away in 1 Samuel 2. Although Eli may recognize the voice of God and the importance of obeying the law, his two sons do not. They mistreat the offerings to the Lord, sleep around with the women who work at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and have no regard for the holiness and glory of the Lord.

Even though Eli gives his own two sons a talking-to, he doesn’t take definitive action against his sons and their disregard for the Lord. They go as far as blaspheming God, but Eli doesn’t really give them more than a mere slap to the wrist. You can read about this in 1 Samuel 3.

Because of his passivity, the Lord cuts off the leadership in Eli’s family line, allows for the Philistines to capture the Ark of the Covenant, which was designed under divine direction as a housing vessel for the Lord in the Tabernacle, and later the Temple. Eli and his two sons all die on the same day of this battle.

His two sons appear to be struck down by the Philistines, and when Eli hears the news of the Ark of the Covenant, he falls back in his chair (which is stationed on a roof) and breaks his neck.

3 Things Christians Can Learn from Eli’s Leadership

Eli’s leadership can have a lot of parallels with a parable Jesus tells in Matthew 25:14-30. In this parable, a master gives his servants something known as a talent. A talent would’ve been roughly $400,000 in today’s economy.

Two of the servants invest the amount of talents the master has given and manage to double it. But one of the servants buries his talent. The master chastises the servant for doing so, by doing nothing with his talent, and gives the talent away to another one of the servants who had done something with the gift he had been given.

In the same way, God gave Eli a “talent.” He was blessed with an important role of leadership over Israel. But Eli didn’t use it properly and didn’t invest in his sons. He buried his potential to lead them toward the path of righteousness.

Because of this, God takes away Eli’s talent and gives it to Samuel instead. Let’s look at three things we can learn about leadership from Eli:

1. God Takes Parenting Very Seriously

Through our children, we have the ability to impart upon them Gospel truths and through them and their legacies, bring others to Christ. Sometimes, when our children go astray, we have to guide them back to the Lord.

Eli had found his sons had gone extremely astray from the Lord. However, his response is weak. Other than issuing a sort of “Hey, you should probably stop” warning, he doesn’t take any action to correct and guide them.

Because of this, God removes priesthood from his family line.

There’s a reason Jesus treasured children during his ministry (Matthew 19:14). Bad parenting and lack of establishing the importance of the Gospel in a home can cause children to stray far from God. And when they do so, it is an enormous task to convince them to come back home.

2. Passivity is Not the Way in the Kingdom of God

Throughout most of the Old Testament, we see many leaders actively working for evil instead of good. But through Eli’s example, we can also witness the dangers of passively allowing for evil to happen.

As the old mantra goes, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”

No doubt Eli had his hands full with his sons, but because he plays a passive role for most of his leadership, God deems him and his family unfit to continue to lead Israel.

Going back to the parable of talents mentioned above, God gave Eli an opportunity to do good through an influential platform, and Eli blew it. After all, to whomever is given much, much is expected (Luke 12:48).

3. Good Can Come From Evil Families

Nevertheless, although Eli’s story ends on a sour note, it gives birth to a brighter story: the story of Samuel. Although far from perfect, Samuel leads Israel well and follows the paths of righteousness.

Once weaned, Hannah places him under Eli’s care. Samuel would have been exposed to the wickedness of Eli’s sons and the passivity of Eli. But even in the company of potentially ill influence, we still see a strong and godly leader emerge after Eli and his two sons die.

No matter what family legacy we come from, God can still redeem it and guide us through the ways of life.

The Bible shows us many cautionary tales, and Eli’s story stands amongst those. Although God gifted Eli with a powerful role, he chose not to use it well and allowed for his sons to participate in wicked acts for far too long.

Eli’s story doesn’t end there, though. Through Samuel, we can see a man who trusts God and takes an active role in leadership, instead of a passive one

For he that findeth me shall find life, and shall receive mercy from the Lord. But he that sinneth against me, harmeth his own soul; All those who hate me love death.’ Proverb. 8:35-36 But God shows his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 He committed no sin, nor was any guile found in his mouth; He did not rebuke in return; He did not threaten when he suffered, but committed himself to the righteous judge. He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that we might die to sins and live to righteousness; By His stripes you were healed. 1 st. Proverb. 8:35-36 Nor is salvation in any other; For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Jesus said to him: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Behold, he comes with the clouds, and every eye shall see him, even those who despise him; And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. So be it! Amen! Revelation 1:7 And he was clothed in blood; And his name is called ‘Word of God’. Revelation 19:13 “And behold, I come quickly; And I have my reward to give to every man according to his work. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 22:12-13 Note: Today people don’t even have time to go to heaven. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will receive forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life.

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