ELI – The Father that Failed

Everything we know about Eli is found in 1 Samuel 1-4.

Eli was a priest, a descendent of Aaron and a Godly man.












1 SAMUEL                  

1:9 He was a priest in the Temple of Shiloh

1:12-13 He condemned sin

1:17 He spoke for God (prophesied)

3:18 He accepted God’s will for his life

He was a believer and a Godly man

Eli was a Judge of Israel for 40 years (1 Samuel 4:18)

Eli was a husband and a father (all thought his wife is never mentioned)

1:3 His sons are named, Hophni and Phinehas, and they were priests


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Eli the Failure, Failed to see his sons get saved

2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.

And the sons became:

2:13-16  irreverent and sacrilegious

2:17        stumbling blocks to Israel

2:22        Fornicators and Adulterers

Surely Eli wasn’t responsible for his sons actions

3:13     YES, he was! He failed to restrain them

Deuteronomy 17:9-12

Deuteronomy 21:18-21

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go … TRAIN = to form by instruction, discipline, drill …

Train a child Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 23:13-14

A BEATING – that’s sadistic

A SPANKING – that’s love

“But I love my child too much to spank them”.

Proverbs 13:24    says different    DAD, it’s your job, you are responsible.  ELI Failed.

Eli loved his sons, —- more than he loved the Lord    1 Samuel 2:29

Eli’s  position with God, his salvation became common place

2:28 He was chosen by God to serve

2:29     But he took it for granted



He’s in Heaven by the Grace of God, his sons are in Hell