1 Samuel 2: 22-25
22 Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 23 So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. 24 No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the Lord’s people is not good. 25 If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the Lord, who will intercede for them?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death.
Eli walked uprightly before the Lord. But his sons Hophni and Phinneas were wicked. Eli tried to reason with them, correct them, and even try to see the eternal consequences of their actions.
We were all born into this world stained by original sin. All are guilty of the transgression against the Lord. Whether we had any active part in it or not. Eli didn’t have anything to do with his son’s actions, but he was pulled into their sin anyway. We didn’t have anything to do with Adam’s decision but we inherited his sin anyway.
Who indeed shall make our entreat before the Lord? God in His infinite mercy, made a way out for us. A sacrifice is needed to make atonement for sin. “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” Heb 9:22. The Old Testament contains many, many references to God’s plan for eternal salvation. This is one of them. Eli points to Jesus, the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice. Who, except for Adam, is the only one born without the stain of that sin. He is the only one who can make the entreat before the Lord. And He did that, on the cross.
God does not leave us. Jesus gives us hope. Our faith grabs onto that hope and appropriates that sacrifice on our behalf. For when God now looks at us, after our salvation, He doesn’t see the stain of sin, He sees the blood of Christ which paid for that sin and its removal. We have put on Christ, a new nature, a reflection of Jesus.
Jesus, I want to thank you for salvation. Thank you for your sacrifice. Wash over me with the cleansing of your blood which removes the condemnation of sin and separation from You. AMEN