My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, April 7, 2012
In an evil vacuum
Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the LORD (1 Samuel 2:12 NASB)
and the custom of the priests with the people. When any man was
offering a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come while the meat was
boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand.
(1 Samuel 2:13 NASB)
Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot;
all that the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. Thus
they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there.
(1 Samuel 2:14 NASB)
Thus the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD, for the men despised the offering of the LORD.
(1 Samuel 2:17 NASB)
Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons were doing to
all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the doorway of
the tent of meeting.
(1 Samuel 2:22 NASB)
He said to them, “Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from all these people?
(1 Samuel 2:23 NASB)
“No, my sons; for the report is not good which I hear the LORD’S people circulating.
(1 Samuel 2:24 NASB)
“If one man sins against another, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the LORD desired to put them to death.
(1 Samuel 2:25 NASB)
The story of Eli's sons is one of the saddest which can be found in
the Bible. These men were the priests who were supposed to be leading
the people to God. Instead, they were incredibly selfish. They did not
seek the face of God, and nor did they desire for the people to know
God. Rather, they only saw their "service" as a way in which to get
what they wanted. Namely, they stole the food which was brought to
sacrifice to God and they coerced the women serving in the temple to
sleep with them. Wow! Is there anything much more repulsive which they
could have done?
Today is that day between Good Friday and Easter. In many ways its
a day of darkness, quiet, and gloom. It's a day when the followers of
Christ didn't know what to do. It was a Sabbath day and so they would
have gone through the motions, but yet, there was a vacuum there that
day. What was going to happen? This day becomes a pivotal day in the
life of Christ's followers. What will they do in the vacuum?
In the former Soviet Union an official spiritual vacuum was created
by an atheistic government. They were lovers of the theory of
evolution, for this meant that humanity left to its own vices would
simply evolve to become better and better. However, that was without an
understanding of original sin, or a bent toward sinning which we all
inherit. Left in a vacuum -- the bent toward sinning takes over.
Humanity doesn't just automatically get better and better without a
personal relationship with God. The sons of Eli did not have a personal
relationship with God and the evil and corruption which they
perpetrated in the name of God was horrific. They met their doom! In
the former Soviet Union human rights abuses ran rampant. Why not --
every person was out to save their own necks, at the expense of everyone
The vacuum for the disciples lasted only until Sunday morning. There
wasn't time for them to digress a great deal. However, in their
despair I wonder what really went on that day, and I wonder if sometimes
we get hung up on that day. Do we sometimes dwell on the Saturday
before Sunday and live in a spiritual vacuum? Do we wonder whether what
he's done means anything for us? Do we wonder what in the world lies
ahead and do I have to figure it all out for myself? Don't stay there
-- it is an evil vacuum and it will suck you down a path that is very
unhealthy. Instead, we must keep our eyes on him and keep moving
forward in our relationship with him. Ask him to help pull us out of
the doom and gloom in which we may find ourselves for this may be
Saturday -- but the resurrection day is coming! We know -- we've read
the rest of the story.
Lord, please help me to live in the hope of resurrection day, every single day of my life! Amen.