Even Godís judgement against the family of Eli came with a promise. This promise would bring comfort to those people who were loyal to God. Perhaps, therefore, it also offered some comfort to Eli. Although Eli was very weak in his relationship with God, he always wanted to be loyal to God.
The chief priest could not continue to come from Eliís family. Eli would have considered Godís judgement in that matter to be right. He certainly would not want either of his two wicked sons to become chief priest.
However, God would not leave Israel without a chief priest. God knew that Israelís people needed a chief priest to pray for them and to lead them in their religion. So, God would appoint a chief priest who was loyal to him. This chief priest would serve God sincerely, with the king whom God had chosen.
Originally, that chief priest meant Zadok (1 Kings 1:32-40; 1 Kings 2:35). Zadok was not from Eliís family. After Zadok, the chief priest came from Zadokís family. Zadokís name means Ďrighteousí (in other words, someone who does what is right and good). That is how Godís priests should be (Ezekiel 44:15).
God did not allow Israelís priests to be kings, nor its kings to be priests. However, the Bible refers to a time when Godís king would also be his priest (Psalm 110:1-4). For Christians, that is a very important promise, because it refers to Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:11-25).
So, when 1 Samuel 2:35 refers to a Ďloyal priestí, it does not just refer to Zadok. It refers to Godís perfect priest, even as 1 Samuel 2:10 refers to Godís perfect king.
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