Eli And His Sons Essay

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Eli and His Sons Hopni and Phinehas belong to the priestly division of the Levites and were priests of the tabernacle in Shiloh. Eli became a priest in Israel and a judge for forty years. However, Eli lacked zeal for the Lord because his heart was more inclined towards his sons, Hopni and Phinehas, than to God. I presumed Eli’s sons turned wicked because their father failed to teach and discipline in the ways of God that they did not know Him. (1 Samuel 1:12) Hence, when his sons succeeded him as priests in the tabernacle, they served God unlawfully. They violated the divine laws of worship and sacrifices done in the tabernacle; For instance, they ate meat that was not apportioned to them (1 Samuel 2:13-16) and had intercourse with the women …show more content…
(1 Samuel 2:31,34-35). God even revealed to Samuel that He was about to judge Eli’s household forever for the iniquity which he knew because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them. Therefore, He swore to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s household shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.” (1 Samuel 3:13-14) Now, based on the life story of Eli and his sons, what important lessons can Christian leaders and parents should learn and avoid doing in order for them to escape God’s anger and dispossess them? Many church leaders and parents are obviously guilty before God in the following situations: First, many leaders lack integrity in that they manipulate the truth of God or use the church and people to advance their personal motives. This should not be …show more content…
In addition, they keep defending their children from others although they knew that their children are in the wrong. These are just few of the many mistakes of parents in dealing with their children. Hence, the sinful ways of the Christian leaders and parents should be corrected. They should learn from Eli and his sons by not committing the same mistakes or pay twice for the same mistakes to avoid the punishment of God. Therefore, church Pastors should submit themselves to the work of the Holy Spirit in order that they can obey and serve God faithfully and blamelessly and bring people to loving and honoring God which most pleasing to Him. Parents are likewise should do the same. They must prioritize teaching and disciplining their children to the divine laws and righteous teachings of God. Hanna is the best example for mothers to emulate. She loves God and had expressed her love for her child Samuel by teaching him God and giving him to God; thus, God favored their family and make Samuel His mouthpiece to people. The Bible clearly stated, "For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope"

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