God’s grace can seem unfair especially in the old testament because it is poured out on chosen people who are in stark contrast to the unchosen.
This choosing is the meta story of how grace became available to all. Today whoever chooses god is chosen.
Some ideas about grace that weave through this story.
God knows we are corrupt, works through it, but it is our fault. The priest’s corrupt sons are cheating on God by taking the prime cuts of sacrificial meat for themselves, and using their position to sleep with women. God prophesies their fall and death because of their evil, but they are responsible for it.
Reversal – Samuel’s mum sings a joyous song at the start of the chapter. Grace for her has been the experience of the barren becoming fertile. She extends this in her song to the poor becoming rich and the low becoming high.
All the while Samuel grows both physically and spiritually and is admired by all. He is the embodiment of god’s grace.
I am so dry father, help me remember your grace.