The events about the sons of Eli the Priest in Shiloh is not new to most Bible scholars and Bible believing Christians. So much has been said in the past about this family. But I would like to bring out a point or more from the passage above.
It is always said among Christian circle that the Pastors and full time church workers are classified to be the priest referred to in scripture, I totally disagree with this because anyone who has accepted Christ Jesus as Lord and saviour automatically becomes a Priest and King in Christ Kingdom beginning from here – the Earth.
”….. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father.” Rev.1v 5-6
”But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” 1 Peter 2 v 9
Therefore, as Christians, we have been called to the service of Priest and king. Lack of this understanding is part of what has made most Christians lose sight of Great benefit that comes with our general assignment as Parent to our children.
Therefore, the opening scripture does not refer to people we refer to as clergy but to all Christian Parents of today. Most Parents are fast becoming the ‘Eli’ of this generation thereby producing new set of Hophni and Phineas.
- Now the sons of Eli –
It can become the ‘Now the sons or daughters of …..’ It can refer to your next generation and your direct children.
- ‘were sons of Belial’ –
This should not be the name given to sons of a Priest because there is no connection between the two. Priest of God and son of Belial? This is a sharp contrast. Are your children acting disobediently to your instructions and you let go just like that, saying that you do not want to trouble them or bother them much. Have you forgotten your Fatherly and Motherly role to include discipline? When a child from the childhood is not told what is right from what is wrong, what you are doing is gradually building up in him or her a spirit of disobedience which is much in the world today.
‘’Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Eph,2 v 2
- ”…they knew not the LORD” –
This means they lack the principle of God’s Kingdom operating in their time.
Although they are in the line of Priest and as a matter of fact they are mean to be custodian of the law. Rather they became the lawless. Are we sure we are not repeating same mistake as Eli made in his time, whereby he neglected his Fatherly and Priestly role to train up his children in the way they should go? Are parents so mindful of business and pursuit of material wealth thereby neglecting the home which is their first port of call as Parents? A times, some parents push the blame to their spouses. I want us to know that the training up of a child in the way of the Lord is a collective effort of both Father and Mother.
Let all Christian Parent synergise to raise a generation of children and Youths who have the fear of God in their heart and as result we will be confident that our tomorrow will be alright.
God bless Faithful Parents in Jesus name.
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