June 3, 2018

Good News in the Bad News; the Church of the Second Chance

Eli and his sons have become strangers to one another, if not actually, then at least morally.  Now, most times when I have spoken about this passage Samuel and his calling has been my principle focus, but the incredible pathos that the judgment of God on Eli evokes here looms so large in this text.  To ignore it would do such a disservice to the story.  Besides, I wonder if there aren't a lot more Elis than there are Samuels in the world.