What it means not to discipline our children

I Samuel 2:29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?

Eli’s sons are not honoring God. The nation of Israel is tired of the way they behave. Finally, God speaks to Eli. His words are very harsh.

Eli had not disciplined and discipled his children as he should. Doubtless, he thought that he was a good dad. Eli thought he was loving. I doubt he ever thought he was trying to make a statement to God, but he was.

God said that Eli didn’t respect what God gave him. He said that Eli felt like he deserved better food than he was getting. It was Eli’s sons that were griping about the food and forcing the people to violate the sacrifice.

God said that Eli honored his sons more than he did God. Eli didn’t discipline, and that was paramount to him being the guilty party. Eli didn’t stop his sons from disobeying God, and that meant that Eli was doing the same thing.

This verse is an excellent lesson for us. We must stand with right even above our flesh and blood. We do right and teach our family to do right. God is greater than all. He deserves more allegiance Than our family.

How are you disciplining your children? Do you honor God or honor your children?

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