Pearls + Purpose Bible Study
1 Samuel Week 3
By Teresa Swanstrom Anderson
As a prophet, Samuel’s ministry was larger and was seen as a stronger and more gifted judge than that of his predecessor, Eli. He learned much from his mentor, though sadly how to be a good father was not one of them. As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel (1 Samuel 8:1). Like Hophni and Phinehas, Samuel’s sons Joel and Abijah also didn’t walk in the ways of the Lord. Though their crimes differed, the pattern remained the same: “They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.” (1 Samuel 8:3) It seems Samuel’s sons were the last straw for the Israelites.
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