In the battle of Aphek, the Philistines defeat the Israelites. Hophni and Pinehas are killed, and the Ark of the Covenant is lost. It is a day of infamy and divine judgment.
Samuel hears his name called three times during the night. Each time he assumes it is Eli calling, but it is actually God.
Eli’s artistic odyssey
A DJ/Producer from the Netherlands, Eli Samuel loves funk and groove. Influenced by his upbringing in a religious family, he started making music at an early age and has released several albums.
When Hannah comes to Shiloh to pray for a son, she gives her request to Eli who agrees. She then returns home with her son, Samuel. Samuel grows up in a religious atmosphere under the care of Eli who guides him.
But despite his good intentions, Eli fails to rein in his corrupt sons Hophni and Phinehas, who profane the Tabernacle by eating meat that was not supposed to be eaten and having sexual relationships with women. The day of judgment arrives, and the Lord kills the two sons of Eli as well as the son’s daughter-in-law who is in labor on hearing the news. The grandson of Eli, a man whose name means “Where is the glory?” was named Ichabod. It is a reminder that God’s call must take precedence over our own agendas.
Eli’s photography weaves an enchanting love story, paying homage to the kaleidoscope of emotions that emanate from his subjects. His portraits serve as mirrors, reflecting the profound connections he strives to forge with his clients and the world around him. He delves into the very essence of human existence, unveiling the resplendent allure and intricate complexities inherent in every form.
His portfolio fuses an unmistakable mixture of vibrant colors and physical beauty, framed with symmetrical composition and sensuality. His production services range from Online Dating Photography to unique Event Photo Booths to his signature Nude Boudoir sessions.
Eli’s artistic odyssey is the embodiment of intentional self-discovery and profound visual artistry. His transition from a pastor to an artist was not without its challenges, but his unwavering dedication to his craft empowered him to embrace his true desires and candidly express them in ways that exude breathtaking beauty and genuine authenticity.
The writer of the biblical book of Samuel teaches us many valuable lessons. Among them, we learn that the ability to recognize God’s voice comes only from years of daily discipline. A style of prayer that seeks ecstasy at any price lacks this kind of depth and authenticity.
Eli was a priest of the time of the judges and lived at the tabernacle in Shiloh, ancient Israel. When Hannah visited him to pray for a son, he initially accused her of drunkenness and then wished her well.
Soon, Eli’s two sons Hophni and Pinehas became corrupt and used their position as high priests to abuse people. When God warns Eli that his family will be cut off from the priesthood, he does nothing to stop their wickedness. Rather, he facilitates it. The result is that his two sons are killed in battle and the Ark of the Covenant is taken by the Philistines. Eli dies of a broken neck when he hears the news.
Eli, the man who raised Samuel, is a man of great spiritual wisdom. He understands that God’s call for Samuel meant a great deal more than just another day in the priesthood and court of Israel.
Rather than avoiding the call of God, he takes the initiative to ask Samuel what God said to him. And even though he knows that the message must be bad news, he presses Samuel to tell him all of it.
Unlike many religious people, Eli was not afraid of being unpopular. He understood that the daily and often mundane discipline of prayer is what produces the fruit. To avoid this work is to miss out on true Christian life. And, like any other discipline, it must be cultivated and cultivated well. A life of prayer is not easy, but it is worth it. It is only through this work that we can truly hear God speak to us and be guided in his ways.