Eli the Priest had 2 sons whom the bible describes as scoundrels for they had no regard for God. His sons were reported on interfering with God’s sacrifices with an intention of getting the ‘juicer’ part of the sacrifice before it was brought to God. “This sin of the young men was very great in the Lord’s sight, for they were treating the Lord’s offering with contempt”. Also, they slept with women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. Yes, Eli rebuked them. A rebuke without discipline never impacted on the children’s behavior. The Lord God willed them to death. The weakness of Eli as a Father made him also share in the Lord’s wrath, for Eli and his sons died on the same day. ( 1 Samuel 2:12- 34)
Samuel the Prophet when he grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders, they served at Beersheba. However, ‘they did not follow their father’s ways as they turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice’. The elders of Israel rejected Samuel’s sons as leaders; and asked for a King of Israel. (1 Samuel 8)
Just like Eli and Samuel, Christian Parents are servants of God with parental responsibilities. As we serve the Lord God in whatever ministry or place God has placed one; we have a responsibility to bring up God-fearing Children. True, there is a difference between God‘s rejection and man’s rejection as seen with the children of Eli and Samuel; but the source of either rejection springs from one disregarding the way of God.
Our responsibility as Parents is to help our children learn to revere God…pray with them, teach them how to read the Word of God and help them understand what it means to walk before God. Samuel was a firm man whose ways were right before God and man; still his children went the wrong side. But, it is noteworthy that the outcome of the sons’ behavior did not impact upon Samuel’s relationship with God and man. He did his part.
We have a duty to our children. I pray that God gives us the boldness to tell our children the way of God and the firmness to help them walk in the Light of God; as we walk in that Light.