Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 28)
Eli & Samuel
Eli's sons were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord... 'Why do you give your sons more honor than you give Me--for you and they have become fat from the best offerings of my people Israel!'
1 Samuel 2:12, 29 (NLT)
As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel... But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.
1 Samuel 8:1, 3 (NLT)
Eli was Israel's next-to-last judge, and Samuel became his successor. Both men served the Lord as priests and judges. They dedicated their lives to God's service, but each one faced the pain of straying sons.
How they handled their sons' misdeeds (once known) brought Eli an ignominious death and Samuel a royal legacy. These judges aren't the only Bible stars to suffer from misbehaving children.
Adam, Noah, Jacob, Aaron, David and the dad in Christ's prodigal story endured heartache on account of their sons. So what are some lessons to consider?
1) Even good parents can have bad children. Perhaps it's a test some fathers must face.
2) Eli refused to discipline his sons. Therein, lives were lost, including their own.
3) When Samuel learned his sons were corrupt, he went straight to God and sadly obeyed.
4) Dads don't help their sons by pampering them. If they stray, don't chase them. Do pray for them.
5) Don't interfere in God's consequences, nor try to usurp His authority.
6) Do be kind, forgiving and welcoming. God is and He's all about redemption.
To Be Continued...
* Article: The Sons of Eli and Samuel: Children of Priest, Prophet and Judge, https://owlcation.com/humanities/The-Sons-of-Eli-and-Samuel-Children-of-Priest-Prophet-and-Judge
* Article: What can we learn from the life of Samuel?https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Samuel.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.