This is important truth that should not be left out of your presentation. There are severe consequences for rejecting God’s free love gift. (Worksheet for the tract posted on the Sept. 13 blog “good news – part 7″ plus instructions for assembly)
One of the most blessed men that has ever lived ended his life in great folly by allowing his 700 wives to turn his heart from the Living God to their worthless idols. Sadly, the nation will be divided as a result . You will need magazines to cut up for a collage . There is a wonderful verse in 2 Samuel 7 that sheds some light on the eternal fate of this disobedient king. God spoke through the prophet Nathan, the following message to David “…I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul…”
This lesson is “refrigerator worthy” and something Eli should have put into practice. As High Priest, he was also “boss” to his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, who were extremely corrupt and did not know the LORD. Eli warned them of judgement but was unable to restrain them. Samuel, however, ministered before the LORD even as a child. He was quick to obey, and got up three times when he thought Eli was calling him in the middle of the night. Eli discerned that it was the LORD speaking to his young charge, so he instructed Samuel in how to answer. In 1 Samuel 3 we read the judgement that was revealed to the future prophet of God.