1 Samuel 2:22-25
“Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons did to all Israel (and how that they lay with the women who served at the door of the Tent of Meeting). He said to them, “Why do you do such things? for I hear of your evil dealings from all this people. No, my sons, do not do this. For it is not a good report that I hear the LORD’s people spreading. If one man sins against another, he shall appeal to the LORD; but if a man sins against the LORD, who shall entreat for him?” But, they did not listen to the voice of their father, because the LORD intended to kill them.”
The law stipulated that the needs of the Levites were to be met by the people tithe. Eli’s children took advantage of this. They used their positions to satisfy their lust for women, power, and control. They even killed people and hid behind their authority. Eli knew his sons were wicked and did little to correct or rebuke them. Eli knew the wages of his son’s sins was death, so he stayed quiet.
Any sin is bad, but when any sin is carried out deliberately, it is the worst kind. Our loving God had to kill Eli’s children and punish him as well because of the significance of their position. The people brought their sacrifices to the temple to make amends for past sins and to glorify God. Eli’s sons took what was rightfully God’s and made a mockery of the temple. So God punished them severely and their family.
Sometimes we are hurt by the sinning of those who are closest to us. Learn from what happened to Eli. Turning a blind eye and not rebuking wrong doing is a sin in itself. As Christians, rebuking someone correctly is a hard thing to do for both parties. One must come up to them and correct them in a loving manner. One is not to point fingers and act superior to them. We are all sinners and no sin is lesser to another. Only when you rebuke the person correctly will you give them an opportunity to feel remorse and seek God’s forgiveness by repenting. If they chose to continue sinning, keep praying have for them. Never stop praying for them to find the light. Remember we are supposed to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. I leave you with Romans 6:23.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”