“Those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” 1 Samuel 2:30
This is part of an unnamed prophet’s message to Eli when he honored his sons above God. Eli had indeed reproved them, saying, “Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people,” but Eli did not exert his authority in punishing his sons as they deserved when they slighted his reproof. This was accounted by God as winking at their sin. Therefore, God told Eli, by this unnamed prophet, that Hophni and Phinehas, because they had sinned together, should die together, and his posterity would be cut off from the high priesthood.
Eli was not much affected by his prophecy until the threatening was repeated by Samuel, an artless child, who did not know the voice of the Lord until Eli instructed him. It appeared then much more terrible than from the mouth of the prophet and led him humbly to acknowledge the justice of God and to submit to the sentence with a truly penitent heart.
This is written for our admonition. Are we valiant for the truth? Parents, let this be a warning to you to train up your children in the fear of the Lord; for if you do not, those children will be thorns and briers to you and will sorely wound you.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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