Nature Versus Nurture: A Story of Contrast (1 Samuel 2:11–36)

Immediately after the return of his parents to their home young Samuel began his training under Eli (v. 11), a training which was characterized by his development physically, but especially morally and spiritually (v. 26). He grew in stature and in favor with the Lord and with men, an appropriate description of a son who, like Mary’s, had come as a blessing of God to the world (Luke 2:52).

 Eugene H. Merrill, “1 Samuel,” in TBKC, 434.
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Andrew is the Associate Pastor at Oakridge Bible Chapel. He grew up in a Christian home, and spent time serving in churches of varying sizes and denominations before landing at Oakridge with his wife in 2017. He likes to verbally process theological issues he finds challenging and is always ready to learn something new. He has a passion for teaching the Bible, and seeking to explain confusing passages in a clear way, preferably with a good illustration or two.

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