Please read 1 Samuel 2 – 4 for today’s reading…
“And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head. And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out.” 1 Samuel 4:12-13 (KJB)
The ark of God for the children of Israel was the presence of God in their midst. They had, sadly, gotten to the state of mind that it was more an object of superstition; a rabbit’s foot; than it was the presence of God. Yet Eli’s heart trembled for the ark of God. It had been carried onto a battlefield which was going to be lost to the Philistines, and Eli knew it.
The ark of God, also called, the ark of the covenant had foolishly been taken into a battle where God was fulfilling His word to His people (Note chapter 2:27-36). Due to the evil, sinful behavior of the sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas; they were to die.
These men were priests of God, to Israel. As priests they were to go to God for the people, and go to the people with the word of God. Yet, their service was plagued, marred greatly with theft, coercion, fraud, and sexual immorality (2:12-17); causing despite for the LORD’S offerings.
There is no more priesthood within the Body of Christ (His Church) the Church of Jesus Christ, except the High Priest Himself – the One who died, was buried, and rose again; and that all those who are born again in Christ are priests of God; a “Royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). Because of the work of Jesus on the cross, all who are redeemed have access to the very throne of God, because Jesus is our Great High Priest, and He is seated at the Right Hand of the Father.
As priests of God we are to speak to God for others. We are also to speak to others for God through His Son Jesus Christ. Let us live in such fashion as to do no harm to the ministry of Christ.