Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Good Person. Bad Father

Samuel was a good man.

He served faithfully all his life.

There is no story of a moral lapse, or deviation from his love of God and devotion to Him.

Yet here is a very sad little story.

1 Samuel 8:1 "As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice."

Samuel's kids turned out to be the same as Eli's kids.

Was Eli the only famliy role model he had? Remember his family was very disfunctional. And he was not really raised by his parents. He was raised by Eli.

It was so bad the elders of the land have a meeting with the respected leader - Samuel.

4 "Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. 5 “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”

There were two problems with this request. First, it was a clear blow against Samuel because of his failure with his kids.

Second, it was a blow against God, because He had said He would be their king.

6 "Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. 7 “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for it is me they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. 8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. 9 Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”

God's answer is - let them go their self destructive way.

It will be the source of disaster and ruin, but they are determined. Let them go...

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