Author: Moyo the God addict

EPISODE 1

God is so dynamic with the way He does things that, you cannot predict Him.

For offenders recorded in scripture, they got their punishment differently and some got another chance while some did not. Contrary to the thinking of many 21st century Christians that punishments were restricted to Old Testament, the cases of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:
1-11) and Elymas the sorcerer (Acts 13: 8-12) contradicts that assumption.
Of particular interest to me in this writing are those that were fired but left in the office. Sounds strange right? I told you God is dynamic, He’s not your one route kind of person.

 

PRIEST ELI
Eli was that Priest in 1 Samuel 1 that saw Hannah when she prayed quietly with her lips moving and thought she was drunk. Hannah made him understand she was not drunk, but was having a quiet time with God as regards her childlessness. Then, Eli said to her; 1 Samuel 1: 17 (KJV) Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou has asked of him.

After this, Samuel was conceived and birthed. Eli’s priestly office was instrumental to the birth and grooming of his successor, Samuel. Hannah later dropped Samuel in the Temple, in fulfilment of her vow to God.

 

1 Samuel 1: 11 (NLT) And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.

Eli blessed Hannah and Elkanah her husband after Samuel was dropped, that God will give them more children (1 Samuel 2: 20) and God gave Hannah three sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2: 21). Hannah must have remained grateful to Eli, because God used him for her.

 

The challenge with Eli however was his parenting; his two sons Hophni and Phinehas were uncultured and despite all the warnings of God to Eli concerning his children, he did nothing (1 Samuel 3: 13). Hence, God punished him for bad parenting. God viewed his bad parenting as idolatry (1 Samuel 2: 29), withdrew the transgenerational promise made to Eli  (1 Samuel 2: 30) and placed a curse on his family that they will never become old (1 Samuel 2: 31, 1 Samuel 3:13). The saddest part is God said the curse is irreversible (1 Samuel 3: 14).

 

Yes, God takes parenting very serious, only God knows how many parents are under some form of punishment and maybe curses for bad parenting right now and they think it is ‘village people’(enemies). Life does not accommodate vacuum, so as soon as Eli was fired God said; 1 Samuel 2: 35 (NLT) And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk
before mine anointed for ever.

 

God communicates to his people through their spiritual head, despite that Eli was still the priest God began communicating with Samuel instead of Eli (God never communicated with Joshua till Moses died, God never communicated with Elisha till Elijah died). Even though God no longer communicated with Eli, he served as a mentor to help Samuel know God’s voice.

Eli was sacked but he was still in office. He died as a Priest long after he was fired.

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