Friday January 26, 2024
Scripture: 1 Samuel 2 27 Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Did I not clearly reveal myself to your ancestor’s family when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh? 28 I chose your ancestor out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your ancestor’s family all the food offerings presented by the Israelites. 29 Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’ 30 “Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. 31 The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your priestly house, so that no one in it will reach old age, 32 and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, no one in your family line will ever reach old age. 33 Every one of you that I do not cut off from serving at my altar I will spare only to destroy your sight and sap your strength, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life. 34 “‘And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you—they will both die on the same day. 35 I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always. 36 Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread and plead, “Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat.”’”
Meditation: When those who have been called into a relationship with God and service to the Lord choose to disregard the sinful behavior of their loved ones and even go so far as to affirm those sinful choices; we are not only consigning the people we love over to judgment, we are also heaping judgment upon ourselves.
– The tragedy of Eli and his wicked sons is regrettably commonplace in our society today. Sin is insidious to the human soul, blinding the sinner to its consequences, permeating out from those indulging in it and saturating the very fabric of society.
– At first, the sinful behavior might cause alarm within the conscience of the redeemed, however as the person persists in it the concern over it dissipates and is replaced by the rationalization of it, and from there it continues to spiral out of control with an even greater lust for more.
– Eli was a priest of God, yet Eli said nothing to his sinful sons. Man or woman of Christ, we are called to be a kingdom of priests and as such to exhort and to encourage our children to walk with the Lord in faithful obedience and to know the Power of His salvation! A power that is able to liberate any person, anywhere, from any sinful thing that is working to take them captive!
– We have no excuse for remaining silent while our sons and our daughters and the youth of this generation are being seduced, deceived, and enslaved by sin! Our silence is an indictment upon us all! Our obligation is not to conform to the spirit of this age that seeks to destroy our children, but to fight with the all the resources of Heaven to snatch them from the world, the flesh and the devil and to point them to Christ who gave His life for them so that they would be free for all of eternity! Amen!