EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
DATE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd
TEXT: 1 Samuel 2:12-21
12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.
13 And the priests' custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;
14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.
15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.
16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.
17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred the offering of the Lord.
18 But Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
19 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their own home.
21 And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.
1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.
In today’s devotional text, God described the sons of Eli this way: Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord. These were children of Satan. They were wicked children. They could be occultist. They were demonic and probably wizards. They did not know the Lord. How did this happen? Eli, how did you live with your children and they came to the point that Satan fully took them over? How did you live with the children that they became wizards? How did they join occultism and became members of illuminati? How did you treat them?
Eli! You did not train someone to replace you, even as the high priest? You were busy so much in this work that you forgot those that will succeed you? You did not know that succession in this work requires righteousness? Why did you not give much time to these children? The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go.” Did you take time to train one of your children to become a faithful high priest before the Lord?
Eli, you missed it from the beginning. You missed your early work. You were negligent. You left these children on their own and you were busy doing other things. Eli, in all your movement, you were swinging only one hand; you were not exercising the second hand. You did not know that if you left it too long it would become paralyzed? See it now! You preserved it without using it. Daddy, mummy, the child that is left to himself shall be a sorrow to you tomorrow. You left that child and whatever he wanted you gave him. You said to the child, “Take! Sleep as much as you want. Do whatever you want to do as much as you want.” No training!
Whatever she cried for you say, “Oh, okay, take, take, take." Even when she wanted to take a knife, you gave her because she was crying. You said to yourself “I had better give her the knife so that I can rest.” You may rest today but tomorrow you will wake up in tears. Do you want to present rotten children to God? Did He give them rotten to you at birth? Were they not beautiful and wonderful bundles of joy? Your children are God’s heritage, preserve them in good condition; otherwise, you will not be blameless.
Thought for the day: You are a caretaker for God over your children. Keep them undefiled.
Song for the day: Let the Lord have His way, let the Lord have His way……
Bible reading for the day: Exodus 31-33; Matthew 22:23-46
PASTOR PAUL RIKA