Lesson 21: God Will Honor Those Who Honor Him

Old Testament Class Member Study Guide, (2001), 14–15


Study the following scriptures:

  1. a.

    1 Samuel 2:12–17, 22–25. The sons of Eli commit transgressions and are counseled by their father.

  2. b.

    1 Samuel 2:27–36; 3:12–14. A man of God warns Eli about the consequences of the wickedness in his family.

  3. c.

    1 Samuel 3. The Lord calls Samuel, and Samuel responds.

  4. d.

    1 Samuel 8. The Israelites want a king so they can be “like all the nations.” Samuel warns them about the dangers of such a choice.

  • What did the actions of Eli’s sons suggest about whom they chose to honor? (See 1 Samuel 2:12–17, 22–25.) In what areas of our lives do we sometimes honor and please ourselves rather than the Lord?

  • A man of God came and chastised Eli, saying that Eli honored his sons more than God (1 Samuel 2:27–29). In what way had Eli honored his sons more than God? How do we sometimes honor other people more than God?

  • How did Samuel honor the Lord? How did the Lord honor him? (See 1 Samuel 3:19; see also 1 Samuel 2:30.) How do you think the Lord will honor us if we honor Him?