Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Parent Tidbit- Learn from Eli's Mistakes

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 Eli was a priest unto YHVH. He had two sons, who also served as priests unto the L-rd. Their names were Hophni and Phinehas. They were very wicked and dishonest. They were so dishonest that they would steal and consume the sacrifices that were brought to the L-rd. This made G-d very angry. But what made G-d even more angry is, Eli did not properly discipline and correct his children. G-d sent Eli a message through the boy prophet, Samuel. The message was, since Eli has failed at his duties in properly raising his sons for YHVH, then the L-rd will cast both Eli and his sons out of His sight. Eli and his sons were killed for their wickedness. They died in a battle against the Philistines.Isaiah chptr 4

The account from the Book of Samuel

1Sa 3:7   Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
1Sa 3:8   And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here [am] I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.
1Sa 3:9   Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
1Sa 3:10   And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
1Sa 3:11   And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
1Sa 3:12   In that day I will perform against Eli all [things] which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
1Sa 3:13   For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
1Sa 3:14   And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.
1Sa 3:15   And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
1Sa 3:16   Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here [am] I.
1Sa 3:17   And he said, What [is] the thing that [the LORD] hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide [it] not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide [any] thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.
1Sa 3:18   And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It [is] the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.

YHVH warns all of Israel as He makes the house of Eli an example of His Righteous Judgments. If parents of today believe that the laws of YHVH only exist for Ancient, and even Modern Day Israel, please think again. YHVH created all people to worship Him; not just Israel. You cannot expect your children to obey the commands of the L-rd without your guidance and discipline.
Children will do "bad things". They are learning and growing. They have a lot of peer pressure, and the same temptations we had when we were their age. They have even more than we did, thanks to technology and other things. The fifth commandment, Honor your father and your mother, speaks directly to children. But parents are told in
Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Children need boundaries. They need direction and discipline. If you start them off when they are young, then they will grow into Law-abiding citizens.   Pro 22:6 

But make no mistake that if we don't, then our and their fate will be the same as Eli's, or worse.
Exd 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;
G-d disciplines and corrects those whom He loves.  Rev 3:19

Below is a video I created a while back on the topic. Please view it at your leisure. I hope it will bless you, and your children.

YHVH bless you in your education endeavors. Thanks always for visiting. Your comments or questions are welcome. You may post them below.

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