Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s ManualGod Will Honor Those Who Honor Him“Lesson 21: God Will Honor Those Who Honor Him,” Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 961 Samuel 2–3; 8
Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s ManualGod Will Honor Those Who Honor Him“Lesson 21: God Will Honor Those Who Honor Him,” Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 961 Samuel 2–3; 8
SLIDE 2 1. The sons of Eli honor themselves above the Lord. Teach and discuss 1 Samuel 2:12–17, 22–25. 1 SAMUEL 2:12-17(OTHERWISE CALLED THE FIRST BOOK OF THE KINGS )Hannah sings praises to the Lord—Samuel ministers before the Lord—Eli blesses Elkanah and Hannah, and they have sons and daughters—Sons of Eli reject the Lord and live in wickedness—The Lord rejects the house of Eli. REVIEW: Eli was a devoted high priest who served 40 years as judge of Israel, the first of priestly descent also to regulate the affairs of the people (see 1 Sam. 4:18; Bible Dictionary, “Eli,” 663).Eli was a good man who gave kind consideration to Hannah in her hour of great agony (see 1 Sam. 1:1–18; 1 Sam. 2:20–21) and paid careful attention to the upbringing and spiritual training of Hannah’s son Samuel(see 1 Sam. 1:24–28; 1 Sam. 2:18, 26; 1 Sam. 3:1–19).Hophni and Phinehas were sons of Eli, the high priest, and were priests themselves. Together the three of them labored as priests at Shiloh in the tabernacle, where the ark of the covenant was housed (see 1 Sam. 1:3). At Shiloh, Eli also officiated in the judgment seat(see 1 Sam. 1:9).Hophni and Phinehas’s role as priests was to function as mediators between God and His people in their worship and offering of sacrifices (see Bible Dictionary, “Priests,” 753–54).However, they were ???wicked??.
SLIDE 3 12 ¶ Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord. Belial means “worthless” or “wicked” (see Bible Dictionary, “Belial,” 620).When Israelites came to offer sacrifices at the tabernacle, Hophni and Phinehas forcibly took the flesh of the sacrificial animals before the fat portions had been burned on the altar. 13 And the priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand; 14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither. They also took some of the flesh that the offerer was boiling for the sacrificial meal (1 Samuel 2:12–17). 15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest’s servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw. 16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take asmuch as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give itme now: and if not, I will take it by force. • What effect did the actions of Eli’s sons have on other people in Israel?(See 1 Samuel 2:17, 24.)These were serious transgressions of God’s laws, equivalent to robbing God. 17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred the offering of the Lord. Eli’s sons also committed the extremely serious sin of seducing women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle (1 Samuel 2:22). 22 ¶ Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. • What responsibility did Eli have when he learned of the wickedness of his sons? What did he do?(See 1 Samuel 2:22–25.)What was their response?(See 1 Samuel 2:25.)
SLIDE 4 23 And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. 24 Nay, my sons; for itis no good report that I hear: ye make the Lord’s people to transgress. 25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstandingthey hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the Lord would slay them.• What do the actions of Eli’s sons suggest about whom they chose to honor? The sons of Eli reject the Lord. By their actions, they choose ‘themselves’ rather than choosing to please God.RE: For the Strength of Youth: these standards apply to adtults as well as youth …Live these standards yourself!In what areas of our lives do we sometimes honor and please ourselves rather than the Lord?a. Entertainment b. Sabbath observance c. Dating and morality d. Fasting e. Church callings • Why do you think we sometimes choose to please ourselves rather than God? What are the consequences of honoring ourselves more than God?
2. Eli honors his sons above the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:27–36; 3:12–14. • After reprimanding his sons, Eli did nothing further to correct the terrible sins in his family and at the tabernacle. SLIDE 6 As a result, a man of God came and chastised him, (telling him that he honored his sons more than God)(1 Sam 2:27–29). 27 ¶ And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house? 28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel tobe my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel? 29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded inmy habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people? 30 Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lordsaith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. 31 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house. 32 And thou shalt see an enemy inmy habitation, in all thewealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever. 33 And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shallbe to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age. In what way had Eli honored his sons more than God? The Lord has said that parents have a duty and are accountable before Him to “bring up [their] children in light and truth” and “to set in order” their families (see D&C 93:40–43). The story of this Old Testament family reminds us that no matter how well we may perform our duties in the Church, sorrow will come if we neglect to correct our children in righteousness.What did the man of God say would happen to the house of Eli?(See 1 Samuel 2:30–35.) 34 And this shallbe a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them.
SLIDE 7 1. Value of the things we choose• Sometimes we exchange things of great value for things of lesser value. What did Eli and his sons give up because of their choices? 35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever. 36 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests’ offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.
SLIDE 8• In what ways do we sometimes honor other people more than God?a. We allow our peers to persuade us to do something we know is wrong. b. We act dishonestly because we are afraid of what other people might think of us. c. We fail to correct family members or friends in their wrongdoing because we want to maintain good relations with them.
SLIDE 9President Joseph F. Smith taught: “There should [not] be any of us so unwisely indulgent, so thoughtless and so shallow in our affection for our children that we dare not check them in a wayward course, in wrong-doing and in their foolish love for the things of the world more than for the things of righteousness, for fear of offending them”(Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. , 286).
SLIDE 10 Eli honored his sons More than he honored God; His actions showed that he chose ‘others’ rather than choosing to please God.Your example will do much to help your children honor God…Live these Standards yourself! (for the Strength of Youth)• How can parents fulfill their responsibility toward wayward children in a spirit of love? What is the responsibility of children as their parents strive to lead them in righteousness?
SLIDE 11 3. Samuel honors the Lord. 1 Samuel 3. … the boy Samuel was serving in the temple after his mother, Hannah, had given him to the Lord’s service, as she had promised (1 Samuel 1). 1 SAMUEL 3(OTHERWISE CALLED THE FIRST BOOK OF THE KINGS )The Lord calls Samuel—House of Eli not purged by sacrifices and offerings—Samuel recognized as a prophet by all Israel—The Lord appears to him. 1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; therewas no open vision. 2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; 3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down tosleep;• Who spoke to Samuel in the night?(See 1 Samuel 3:4.) 4 That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. Whom did Samuel first think was calling him?(See 1 Samuel 3:5–6, 8). 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. 6 And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him. How did Samuel learn it was the Lord calling?(See 1 Samuel 3:8–9.) 8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. • How does the Lord communicate with us? (He communicates most often through the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. Class members may suggest additional ways he communicates with us.) How can we prepare ourselves to receive and understand communications from the Lord? 11 ¶ And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. 15 ¶ And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
SLIDE 12The Lord called Samuel at a young age to become a Prophet (1 Sam. 3) • In what ways did Samuel honor the Lord?“I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind”(1 Samuel 2:35).“The Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I”(1Sam3:4). “Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth”( 3:10). 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. 17 And he said, What is the thing that the Lordhath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.
SLIDE 13 • The Lord promised to honor those who honored him(1 Samuel 2:30).“Whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies” “Some of you may be shy by nature or consider yourselves inadequate to respond affirmatively to a calling. Remember thatthis work is not yours and mine alone. It issthe Lord’s work, and when we are on the Lord’s errand, we are entitled to the Lord’s help. Remember that whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies” (Pres. Thomas S. Monson, CR, Apr.1996,)How did the Lord honor Samuel?(See 1 Samuel 3:19.) 19 ¶ And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
SLIDE 14 Eli knew he had sinned and that the fate of his sons was certain. Eli also now knew the Lord had chosen Samuel, not one of his sons, as the new prophet for Israel. (see 1 Sam. 3:19–21). 20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord. 21 And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord. From that first night at the Tabernacle when Samuel responded to the Lord's voice by saying, "Speak; for thy servant heareth," until the final curtain fell in 1 Samuel 25:1, this great man was a pillar of obedience and righteousness and integrity. His entire life was one of honor to the Lord, as were the lives of Ruth and Hannah and Naomi. As Samuel honored the Lord in his prophetic calling, he demonstrated many of the qualitites of a prophet.(1 Sam 9:6) He was a man of God(1 Sam 9:6) He was honorable(1 Sam 9:6) Everything he prophesied would in fact happen(1 Sam 9:6) He showed people the way to go(1 Sam 9:9) He was called a prophet and a seer(1 Sam 9:19) He could tell people things that were in their hearts(1 Sam 9:27) He would show the word of God(1 Sam 12:4) He would never defraud people(1 Sam 12:4) He would never oppress people(1 Sam 12:4) He would never take anything from anyone(1 Sam 12:7) He would reason with the people(1 Sam 12:23) He would never cease to pray for the people(1 Sam 12:23) He would teach the good and right way
SLIDE 15 (4. The Israelites honor the world.) Tragedy for Eli, his sons, and Israel Israel severely beaten, losing “about four thousand men” (1 Sam. 4:2) Israel fled in defeat, death of 30,000, Eli’s two sons, and capture of the ARK (4:10-11)Eli heard that ARK had been lost, “he fell from off the seat backward,” breaking his neck, and died (4:16-18)1 SAMUEL 4 OTHERWISE CALLED THE FIRST BOOK OF THE KINGS Israelites smitten and defeated by Philistines, who also capture the ark of God—Eli’s sons slain; he dies in an accident; and his daughter-in-law dies In childbirth.…1st battle Israel was severely beaten, losing “about four thousand men” (1 Sam. 4:2).The Lord had spoken plainly to Eli: restrain or remove your sons or they will die. So did Eli act? No. He continued to allow his sons to work at the tabernacle (see 1 Sam. 4:1–5).4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, which dwellethbetween the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. 5 And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. …2nd Battle Israel fled in defeat, suffering the death of 30,000 footmen and the capture of the ark. Hophni and Phinehas were also killed (see 1 Sam. 4:10–11).17 And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken. 18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years. ……..Eli gave Hophni and Phinehas the freedom to commit serious sins without the necessary corrective action. The results of this omission were disastrous for him, his sons, and the nation. After Eli’s death, Samuel became the great prophet and judge of Israel and restored law, order, and regular religious worship in the land (1 Sam. 4: 15-18; 7: 3-17).
SLIDE 16 Samuel had the desire to “live by every wordthatproceedeth forth from the mouth of God” (D&C 84:44)Samuel understood that theARK of the Covenant was a symbol for the presenceof the Lord among the Israelites of old; theHoly Ghost will be with us as an evidence thatGod is near.Samuel acknowledged God and said: “Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by Thy help I’ve come… Here's my heart, O take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above.” 1 SAMUEL 5 Philistines place the ark in house of Dagon their god—Philistines in Ashdod, then Gath, and then Ekron are plagued and slain because the ark is lodged with them. 7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god. 8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither. 9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the Lord was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts. 10 ¶ Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people. 1 SAMUEL 6Philistines send back the ark with an offering—The Lord smites and slays Israelites in Beth-shemesh who look into the ark. 10 ¶ And the men did so; and took two milchkine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home: 11 And they laid the ark of the Lord upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods. 12 And the kine took the straight way to the way of Beth-shemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Beth-shemesh. 19 ¶ And he smote the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter. The book of 1 Samuel: Chapters 1-4 describe that the Lord cursed and punished Eli’s family and called Samuel as high priest and judge. Chapters 4-6 tell how the ark of the covenant fell into the hands of the Philistines. Chapters 7-8 record Samuel’s warnings about having false gods and a wicked king. 1 SAMUEL 7 Samuel exhorts Israel to forsake Ashtaroth and Baalim and serve the Lord—Israel fasts and seeks the Lord—Philistines are subdued—Samuel judges Israel. 1 And the men of Kirjath-jearim came, and fetched up the ark of the Lord, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the Lord. 2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. 3 ¶ And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. 4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the Lord only. 5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord. 10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel. Israel conquered the Philistines, pushing them back to their prior lands. A stone is raised at the place of the battle. The stone would have been both a memorial and also an altar for worshiping God: “Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us“ (1 Sam 7:12). One of the greatest hymns written contains the phrase, “here I raise my Ebenezer” which goes to this verse in scripture (”Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, by Robert Robinson), Ebenezer means “Stone of Help” (http://www.revneal.org/Writings/whatsan.htm)The Lord would be described as the “rock of salvation” (2 Sam 22:47, Psalms 62:2-7, 89:26, etc). It is only after the deliverance of Israel from the Philistines that the stone is set up as a memorial. And they were rescued from their conquerors because they set aside their idols and gods, cleansed themselves, and focused their affections only on the Lord. It was with this faith and dedication that God became their stone of help, their rock of salvation, their Ebenezer. So too, in our lives, when we are struggling and in captivity to the world, we can put away our worldly things and gods, and return to the Stone of Help, the Lord Jesus Christ.12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. 13 ¶ So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.How do you think the Lord will honor us if we honor him as Samuel did?
SLIDE 17 4. The Israelites honor the world1 Samuel 8.1 SAMUEL 8Samuel’s sons take bribes and pervert judgment—Israel seeks for a king to rule over them—Samuel rehearses the nature and evils of kingly rule—The Lord consents to give them a king. • What type of government did Israel have during Samuel’s ministry? (See 1 Samuel 8:1.The Israelites were governed by judges.)Whom was Israel supposed to regard as their king?(See 1 Sam 12:12.) 1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. 2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beer-sheba. 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, • Why did the children of Israel want a king?(See 1 Samuel 8:5, 20.) 5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 6 ¶ But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. In asking for a king “like all the nations,” whom did Israel reject?(See 1 Samuel 8:7.) 7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. What did the Lord instruct Samuel to say about the problems of having a king?(See 1 Samuel 8:9–18.) 10 ¶ And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.
SLIDE 18God’s People Should Be DifferentWhat things did Samuel tell the Israelites they would give up if they wanted a king?(See 1 Samuel 8:11–17.)What things of great value do we sometimes give up for things of lesser value? 11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. 13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. 16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. 18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day. What was the response of the Israelites to Samuel’s warnings?(See 1 Samuel 8:19–22.) 19 ¶ Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; 20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. 21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord. 22 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.
SLIDEs 19-21 God’s People Should Be DifferentPresident Ezra Taft Benson:“Sometimes [God] temporarily grants to men their unwise requests in order that they might learn from their own sad experiences. Some refer to this as the ‘Samuel principle’. The children of Israel wanted a king like all the other nations…. The Lord told Samuel to warn the people of the consequences if they had a king. Samuel gave them the warning.But they still insisted on their king. So God gave them a king and let them suffer….“Sometimes in our attempts to mimic the world, and contrary to the Prophet’s counsel, we run after the world’s counsel, we run after the world’s false educational, political, musical, and dress ideas. New worldly standards take over, a gradual breakdown occurs, and finally, after much suffering, a humble people are ready to be taught once again a higher law.” (Ezra Taft Benson, “Jesus Christ- Gifts and Expectations,” New Era, May 1975, 17-18)• In asking for a king, whom did the Israelites honor?…the world. • In what ways do we sometimes desire to be “like all the nations”?(See 1 Samuel 8:5.) …watch the same movies, wear the same clothes, listen to the same music, read the same books as all the other nations.This challenge can remain a stumbling block for Abraham's seed today. The temptation to be "like all the nations" is ever present. The standards and images of the world are not to become the ideals of Abraham's seed. The Old Testament in particular offers a warning to the Lord's covenant people of today as it chronicles the people of the past. In it we see the results of failing to bless all the families of the world because one desires to be like the world. Eventually Abraham's seed were lost, scattered, and taken captive by the world they so anxiously tried to imitate (S. Michael Wilcox, "The Abrahamic Covenant," Ensign, Jan. 1998, 47).
The standards the Lord has set for us so we will not participate in the wicked ways of the world….Live these standards yourself!Why we live by these standards. .. By keeping these standards, WE will be of great service in the Church and the world and will be worthy to enter the Holy Temple and participate in sacred ordinances.About agency and consequences. How living standards will bring confidence and happiness. …you will be able to do your life’s work with greater wisdom and skill and bear trials with greater courage. You will have the help of the Holy Ghost. You will feel good about yourself and will be a positive influence in the lives of others. You will be worthy to go to the temple to receive holy ordinances. These blessings and many more can be yours. “We pray that you will be worthy to carry on the responsibilities of building the kingdom of God and preparing the world for the Second Coming of the Savior.
SLIDE 22Message from the First Presidency of TheChurch of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day SaintsWe pray that you will be worthy to carry on the responsibilities of building the kingdom of God and preparing the world for the Second Coming of the Savior.…use the pamphlet For the Strength of Youth (34285) to discuss the standards the Lord has set for us so we will not participate in the wicked ways of the world.Explain that these standards apply to adults as well as youth.
Conclusion SLIDE 23• The Lord Jesus Christ is our true king, just as he was the true king of the Israelites (Psalm 47:7; 89:18; 149:2). How should this knowledge affect our attitudes toward the ways of the world? How do we sometimes reject the Lord as our king?
SLIDE 24All of us must choose each day whom we will honor.….that all of us must choose each day whom we will honor. Bear testimony of the blessings and joy you have received as you have honored the Lord. Like the ancient children of Israel who journeyed to Shiloh to worship and find spiritual strength and renewal, we may also turn to the Savior, our “Shiloh” (see Bible Dictionary, “Shiloh,” 773), for mercy, patience, and long-suffering in our imperfections as parents. By diligently seeking to know Him through scripture study, prayer, pondering, Church meetings, and temple attendance, our knowledge and wisdom as parents will be expanded. Our desire to “live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God” (D&C 84:44) will enable us to make Jesus Christ the center of our lives and the model for all our choices, actions, and reactions as parents. Just as the ark of the covenant was a symbol for the presence of the Lord among the Israelites of old, the Holy Ghost will be with us as an evidence that God is near, that He is attentive to and interested in our happiness, and that He will help us succeed with our children.…all of us must choose each day whom we will honor. Bear testimony of the blessings and joy you have received as you have honored the Lord.NEXT WEEK: 1 Samuel 9–11; 13; 15–17Chapters 9-15 describe the crowning of Saul and his reign as king. Chapters 16-31 tell the history of David and his gaining of power—Samuel anointed David (ch16) who had slain Goliath. (ch 17) Saul hated David, but David refused to kill Saul though he had opportunity to do so.
God Will Honor Those Who Honor Him “Lesson 21: God Will Honor Those Who Honor Him,” Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 96 1 Samuel 2–3;8
1. The sons of Eli honor themselvesabovethe Lord. 1 Samuel 2:12–17, 22–25
The sons of Eli commit transgressions and are counseled by their father about… …serious transgressions of God’s laws, equivalent to robbing God.
The sons of Eli reject the Lord. By their actions, they choose ‘themselves’ rather than choosing to please God. these standards apply to adults as well as youth…Live these standards yourself!
2. Eli honors his sons above the Lord 1 Samuel 2:27–36; 3:12–14
Sometimes we exchange things of great value for things of lesser value.
We allow our peers to persuade us to do something we know is wrong. We act dishonestly because we are afraid of what other people might think of us. We fail to correct family members or friends in their wrongdoing because we want to maintain good relations with them.
President Joseph F. Smith taught: “There should [not] be any of us so unwisely indulgent, so thoughtless and so shallow in our affection for our children that we dare not check them in a wayward course, in wrong-doing and in their foolish love for the things of the world more than for the things of righteousness, for fear of offending them.”(Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. , 286).
Eli honored his sons More than he honored God; His actions showed that he chose ‘others’ rather than choosing to please God. Your example will do much to help your children honor God…Live these standards yourself!
The Lord called Samuel at a young age to become a Prophet (1 Sam. 3) “I will raise me up a faithfulpriest, that shalldo according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind” (1 Samuel 2:35). “The Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I”(1 Samuel 3:4) “Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10)
“Whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies” “Some of you may be shy by nature or consider yourselves inadequate to respond affirmatively to a calling. Remember thatthis work is not yours and mine alone. It issthe Lord’s work, and when we are on the Lord’s errand, we are entitled to the Lord’s help. Remember that whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies” (Pres. Thomas S. Monson, CR, Apr.1996,)
Eli knew he had sinned and that the fate of his sons was certain. Eli also now knew the Lord had chosen Samuel, not one of his sons, as the new prophet for Israel. (see 1 Sam. 3:19–21).
Tragedy for eli, his sons, and israel Israel severely beaten, losing “about four thousand men” (1 Sam. 4:2) Israel fled in defeat, death of 30,000, Eli’s two sons, and capture of the ARK (4:10-11) Eli heard that ARK had been lost, “he fell from off the seat backward,” breaking his neck, and died (4:16-18)
Samuel had the desire to “live by every wordthatproceedeth forth from the mouth of God” (D&C 84:44) Samuel understood that theARK of the Covenant was a symbol for the presenceof the Lord among the Israelites of old; theHoly Ghost will be with us as an evidence thatGod is near. Samuel acknowledged God and said: “Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by Thy help I’ve come… Here's my heart, O take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above.”
The standards the Lord has set for us so we will not participate in the wicked ways of the world… Live these standards yourself!
Message from the First Presidencyof TheChurch of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints We pray that you will be worthy to carry on the responsibilities of building the kingdom of God and preparing the world for the Second Coming of the Savior.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our true King, just as he was the true King of the Israelites
All of us must choose each day whom we will honor.