Year 2 Day 191
Read - 1 Samuel 2:30-33
Message - Alan Burke
A couple of weeks ago now Prime Minister Boris Johnson carried out a reshuffle of his cabinet. This was the second major reshuffle since he became leader of the Conservative party. If you paid any attention to it you will have learnt of how heads rolled, and to replace them there were some new faces along with some sideways moves. There are of course some things that are going to see your head roll from the cabinet, like doing a rubbish job, stabbing Boris in the back (metaphorically speaking) and singing a different tune, of course there are other reasons like Matt Hancock learnt.
Well Eli’s in his actions and his inaction he had made it impossible to continue in the roll that he was in, he had not honoured the Lord and now his position was untenable. He had shown himself that he was not fit for service. He was relying on his heritage, his family line, there was no other reason why he would be in the role that he was in expect for the fact of his birth. He knew the word of God and ignored it, he had allowed his sons to make the worship of God a mockery, he had scorned the scarifies and offerings of the Lord (28).
Maybe there is part of us that wants to say, this wasn’t really Eli’s fault, after all his sons were grown lads. Yes, there is a sense that there comes a time when our children grow up and have to make their own way in life. But Eli was responsible for it all because he was the one who led the people of God and he allowed his sons to live as hellions when they ministered before the Lord. This was the issue, he allowed them to do this before the Lord and he knew it, who will intercede for them before the Lord he asked them (2:25).
Let me ask a question, are you honouring him in your life, in the things that no one sees, when no ones looking, when you’re in public when you are here, or are you by your actions and your inaction in your life where ever that my be, home, work, bowls, football, are you dishonouring the Lord?
Maybe you are trusting in your family heritage, that your great grandparents were one of the founding members here, or your dad was on the committee or an elder, that you’ve kept coming and you’ve played your part in keeping the doors open. What matters today and every day is that you are trusting in Jesus Christ, that you are honouring him in your life.
The judgement that came to Eli was that his time would be cut short, the strength of his father house would be cut short, there would never be an old man in the house of Eli. The judgment of God comes because Eli did not honour the Lord. This out to be a reminder to us that God indeed does hold us to account for the people we are, we have privileges and responsibilities and those who are baptised into the covenant of Grace, who have the visible sign and seal placed upon us, and unless we see that privilege and respond to the call of God to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus then we will face the eternal judgment that all men deserve.
Q73 Which is the eighth commandment?
The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal. (Exod. 20:15)