Study the following scriptures:
1 Samuel 2:12–17, 22–25. The sons of Eli commit transgressions and are counseled by their father.
1 Samuel 3. The Lord calls Samuel, and Samuel responds.
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?
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