EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
TUESDAY JULY 4, 2023
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 2: 12-17
12Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.13And 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;14And 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.15Also 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.16And 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.17Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.
Key verse: 1 Samuel 2: 12.
“Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord"
Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas were unholy ministers that misused the power of their position for personal gain and sexual immorality. Their father, Eli the high priest, failed to discipline or remove them from the priesthood. Eli confronted his sons about their evil actions but failed to remove them from the ministry. By failing to take action, Eli was defying God’s holy nature and His high standard for the priesthood. God’s word declares that no immoral minister may serve as a right or acceptable leader of God’s people. He must be removed from leadership.
Eli’s sons had hardened their hearts against God and were sinning openly and without shame. That is why Eli’s instruction had no moral effect on them. They were beyond the point of turning back to God and steadfastly set in their own will, headed on the path to judgment. Their untimely death was as a result of willful disobedience and failure to repent. That is, to change their attitude towards God, admit their sin, turn from their own way and begin following God and His purposes. Eli failed to provide enough spiritual leadership for his family – a choice that affected his leadership over Israel.
(1) As a father he did not teach his sons to do what was right when they seduced the women serving at the Tent of Meeting. Eli’s actions showed neither the will nor the spiritual authority necessary to remove them from the ministry. (2) Eli’s failure as a father and a minister resulted in: (a) God’s judgment on Eli, his sons and his family
(b) a decline in office of the priesthood (c) the general spiritual decline of God’s people (d) the Glory of the Lord departed from Israel (3) The entire Bible teaches the necessity of true godliness and genuine reverence, or holy respect for God as the standard for those who lead God’s people.
Thought for the day: Depart from evil to escape the judgment of God.
Song for the day: I will never, never, go back to the world (3x) …
Bible reading for the day: Job 29-30; Acts 12
PASTOR PAUL RIKA