Eli the Judge

Sermon from CCM Fallowfield


This sermon was preached by Paul Graves at the Fallowfield site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 20th May 2018.



This message was part of the ‘Judges’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in early 2018. The full series included the following sermons:



This sermon was based on 1 Samuel chapters 1-4. 1 Samuel 2:1-10 is shown below. 

Hannah’s Prayer

And Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the Lord;
my horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in your salvation.
2 “There is none holy like the Lord:
for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty are broken,
but the feeble bind on strength.
5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven,
but she who has many children is forlorn.
6 The Lord kills and brings to life;
he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low and he exalts.
8 He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord‘s,
and on them he has set the world.
9 “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness,
for not by might shall a man prevail.
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces;
against them he will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
he will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”


The Ark of the Covenant is not magic

  • In 1 Samuel 4:3 we see that the people thought that it was the ark that would save them itself. They put their faith in an object rather than in God Himself. What do you put your hope in instead of God? What do you think saves you?

Eli idolised his sons

  • Eli loved his sons more than he loved God. He knew that his sons’ behaviour was not honouring to God but despite this, he only challenges them once to stop their sinful behaviour. They ignored their father Eli and continued sinning until it brought God’s destruction on them and their whole family.
  • What do we put above God in our own lives? What do we worry about because we don’t think God has it under control? What do we treasure more than our relationship with Jesus?

The hero of the story was Hannah

  • At the start of this book, Hannah had no children and was bullied by her husband’s other wife, but she put God above everything and first saught a relationship with Him. She prayed for a son who she would then dedicate in service to God and God answered her prayer, but then also blessed her with many more children after her first child Samuel was dedicated to Him. He loves giving good gifts to those who love and honour Him.
  • Hannah sees the faithfulness and mercy of God and in her prayer in 1 Samuel 2, we see that she is also blessed with a massive prophetic message about the coming of Jesus who will be the Saviour of all humanity.



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