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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Dear Colleagues,

WEAK FATHERS…AND THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES (Part #3 of 3)

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Ely, Hophni and Phinehas

Eli, the over-stuffed, indulgent priest of Israel lost control of his selfish and lusty sons who seduced temple women and greedily gorged on meat sacrifices. The Scriptures state that Eli’s sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the Lord.” Ely weakly confronts their sexual sins by asking, “’Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours.’ His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke…”

Later in the narrative, the Lord challenges Ely, Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?”

God then forewarns Ely, “The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your father’s house…Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you–they will both die on the same day.” And die they did. (See I Samuel 2)

CONCLUSION : What I see in many men today is a lack of authority, and confusion as to just whom they are in Christ, and the role and responsibility God has placed in their hands. The only way they can regain that God given authority is by absorbing the Biblical truth on these critical issues into their bloodstream: Praying over it, meditation on it, claiming it for their life, and then acting on it. And deciding that whatever the culture is or is not doing has nothing to do with their commitment to obey God. They must join Paul when he said, Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. ” (Gal. 1:10)

Hey Dude, you are the head of your home, whether you like it or not. And you will be judged accordingly. Dude! You are the leader of your family! Take it from Nike: “Just do it!” Firmly, but gently of course. (See Gen. 3:16; I Cor. 11:3; Eph. 5:23; I Tim. 3:4, 5; Col. 3:18; I Pet. 3:1-6)

Yesterday my wife was reminding me of a severe confrontation we had 3 months into our marriage. Basically, she was waffeling on her commitment to me as the head of the house. I stood my ground, thinking this could be the end of our marriage. After much soul searching, she stood down. Yesterday, forty eight years later, she thanked me that I stood my ground. She intimated that it set the foundation and course of our marriage which is the joy of our lives.

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

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