Love without Hypocrisy
Dear Jesus, I love You, but I know that my love falters. At times, a good outward appearance only covers the love of self and love of the world that creeps into my heart—or sometimes even more than creeps, it marches right in! Forgive my sin and failure to love. Bless my time in Your Word and with Your Spirit’s work create in me a clean heart that pursues love without hypocrisy. Lead me to glorify Your name with such a love in my relationship toward You and others. Amen.
Eli and his family were priests before the Lord, serving in the Tabernacle, but that did not mean that they were all loving the true God. Eli did not properly discipline his sons, and they did horrendous things right in the tabernacle! Eli honored his sons more than he honored God. This was not loving God above all things and God addresses this with Eli.
In Isaiah, God prophesied what the Messiah would do. When Jesus visited the synagogue of His hometown, Nazareth, He read that prophesy and said that His preaching there that day was fulfilling the prophesy. In other words, Jesus revealed Himself as the Messiah. That was more than the hometown crowd could accept, and they tried to kill Jesus.