February 7, 1 Samuel 2:22-26
Eli's sons are pretty bad, again I say that power corrupts and it certainly corrupted these men. Isn't it interesting how the evils don't change through time? These men abused power, coveted wealth, had sexual relations with subordinates. That almost sounds like our congress. Eli took no direct action to stop them. He had the authority to throw them out but these are his sons. The problem though began long before this, it was while these boys were growing up. Discipline, rules and consequences are needed to properly raise kids. The last part of verse 25; for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death. Looks like God's intent was to kill these boys. But the word translated as 'for' could also be translated 'therefore' which significantly changes the meaning.