September 17, 2023

Rise of the King #2: A Faithful Priest

Preacher: Rev. Tom Cox Series: Rise Of The King Topic: Sunday Sermon Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:1– 3:21

September 17, 2023         Rev. Thomas M. Cox




  1. PURPOSE: To point God’s people to the One True King!
  2. KEY PEOPLE: Samuel, Saul, and David
  3. TIMEFRAME: c. 1100-1000 BC
  4. SUMMARY: Sometimes it's easier to define something by pointing out what it’s not– The message of Samuel is NOT simply that David was brave and respectful so God’s people should do likewise. Instead, the vivid stories of 1 Samuel (such as the defeat of Goliath) are intended to demonstrate how the Lord raised up David to be the anointed king of Israel in such a way that it appeals to the need for the ultimate Davidic King, Jesus the Christ


2) TODAY’S PASSAGES- 1 Samuel 2:22-26, 34-35 & 3:1, 7-14, 19-21 * A FAITHFUL PRIEST

The writer of Samuel makes a deliberate contrast between the H_________ of Eli and Samuel.

Samuel receives and declares the Word of the Lord as P__________ and P____________.

Learn how the Old Testament P__________ us to Christ.



  1. Know the purpose of the Book of 1 Samuel in God’s R____________ plan. Read Chapters 4-7.
  2. Interpret Scripture with Scripture. (Consider Psalm 99:6-9, Jeremiah 15:1, and Luke 2:52.)
  3. Make Modern Day Applications: I will listen to the word of the Lord by _______________.


1 SAMUEL 2:22-26, 34-35 & 3:1, 7-14, 19-21 (ESV, Emphases mine)

Now Eli was very old, and he kept hearing all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who were serving at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 23 And he said to them, “Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all these people. 24 No, my sons; it is no good report that I hear the people of the Lord spreading abroad. 25 If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death.

26 Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man…

34 “And this that shall come upon your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, shall be the sign to you: both of them shall die on the same day. 35 And I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before My Anointed forever.”

3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.

7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.        8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if He calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” 11 Then the Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 14 Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”

19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the Lord. 21 And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

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