An Angel had told Eli, the high priest of Israel, that he and his two sons would soon lose their lives. All three of them had knowingly failed to conduct themselves as proper servants in God's service. (I Samuel 2:27-36; I Samuel 3:11-14.) The prediction came true when Eli's two sons were killed by Philistine soldiers. Eli fell and broke his neck just a few hours later. (I Samuel 4:10-18.) God had warned Eli and the people: "...reverence my sanctuary..." (Leviticus 26:2). He had warned them that only authorized persons should touch the ark (Numbers 4:15). That it should not even be looked upon except when authorized. (Leviticus 16:2.)
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