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1 Samuel 2:11
Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the Lord under Eli, the priest.
This is the story of Elkanah, the husband of Hannah, leaving their son Samuel, who Hannah had promised to the Lord if he would but help her to conceive, at the temple, under the care of Eli, the prophet of Israel. I know! It’s a strange story but certainly a true story in the annals of Jewish history. Eli, the prophet of the Lord, raised Samuel in such a way that he, in time, took Eli’s place upon Eli’s demise. However, along the way, Eli’s own sons, who served their father in the house of the Lord, were vile and sinful men while operating under the banner of Jehovah. It certainly could be said of this prophet Eli, “He raised a prophet of God, but his own sons were wretched men!”
This tragic story I have seen replicated in my own times. I’ve known mighty men of God who had a hundred spiritual sons in the faith. Many of these spiritual sons led incredible organizations, churches, and non-profit works for the Lord, but their children despised them and rebelled against their parent’s faith. How does this happen? I really don’t know. I can wager a guess, and the guess won’t have anything at all to do with the report of their children saying that dad was a phony. I guess that the offspring of such great leaders begin to see the work of the Lord as something to be managed. So they go through the motions without the hours in prayer and devotion that got their parents to where they are. Because the anointing, in many cases, is passed on so that the actions of the offspring can be seen as holy when that offspring is nowhere near to being in fellowship with the Lord. But that’s only a guess. Every time I read the story of Eli, I thank God for children who followed the Lord and not just their parents!
Just Thank You! Amen
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