Wednesday, 8 August 2018

A Lesson from Eli



Proverbs 16:25 King James Version (KJV)

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death
Recently, I came across the story of Eli and his sons Hophni and Phinehas the story can be found in 1 Samuel 2:12-36. Eli was a high priest whose role was to serve and minister to God and man. To have compassion, plead for the sins of the congregation and for himself. The high priest was to be in right standing with God.
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. Hebrews 5:1-4
Eli’s sons were wicked and a lot of this was due to their father. Eli over indulged his sons and in doing so fed their habit of rebellion
“Eli was an indulgent father. Loving peace and ease, he did not exercise his authority to correct the evil habits and passions of his children. Rather than contend with them or punish them, he would submit to their will and give them their own way…they had no proper appreciation of the character of God or of the sacredness of His law.”- White, 1890 p.575
For those who do not have children ask yourself the following are there habits that I am feeding that would encourage me to disregard the sacredness of God Law?
The habits which are formed during infancy will become developed in adulthood. However, in relation to bad habits that have been cultivated do not fret they can be unlearned! You must be willing to unlearn these habits and believe that by the grace of God an improved you is possible with Christ!

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”  John 15:5 

 

When we fall we are to recommit ourselves to God alone in that very moment. For we cannot do anything without him. Make it your desire to devote yourself to his service. “Devote your mental and physical powers to the service of your Redeemer, who has bought you. Sanctify your thoughts and feelings that all your works may be wrought in God.” White, 1952 p.53

 

If we go back and look at Eli it can be said Eli did not recommit himself to God. He did not fill the requirements of a high priest. His refusal to wholly commit himself to the service of God and to the development of his sons resulted in them being lost.

 

Warnings were sent to the house of Eli but no changes were made. (read 1 Samuel 2:27-36, 1 Samuel 3:11-21 & 1 Samuel 4:11). When God sends us, warnings may we not harden our heart nor ignore the Holy Spirit
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness” Hebrews 3:7&8

 

When we come to a realisation of our wrong, regardless of the size of the conviction we are to devote ourselves to God there and then. The longer we dwell in a sin the more difficult it will become to overcome.

 

“It is by sinful indulgence that men give Satan access to their minds, and they go from one stage of wickedness to another. The rejection of light darkens the mind and hardens the heart, so that it is easier for them to take the next step in sin and to reject still clearer light, until at last their habits of wrongdoing become fixed. Sin ceases to appear sinful to them” White, 1890. p404


If Eli had acknowledged his sin and his obligation to mould the character of his children sooner their life may have taken a different course. When we come to a realisation of our wrong and do not hesitate to reconcile with Christ how much better would our lives be?!

References
White , 1890 'Patriarchs and Prophets' p 575
White, 1952 'Adventist Home'  
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1 comment:

  1. The story of Eli is a really interesting one. I remember coming across it some years back and making a mental note to raise my children in the ways of the LORD. I love your analysis Rae,well done.



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