A Study in (Spiritual) Contrasts
Eli is an old man who has been the priest at Shiloh for a long time. His two sons are worthless, abusing their positions as priests for their own sordid gain.
In 1 Samuel 2:11-26, the vile sons of Eli are placed in stark contrast to the child Samuel. In this contrast are some important spiritual lessons for our own attitudes toward the worship of God.