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Check Yourself or Be Checked!! PART 2

Hey Neighbor!

If You have already read Part 1, You’ve probably caught on that I am using the word ‘judge’ synonymously with the word ‘check,’ as I am attempting to make the term a little more relevant to Our everyday lives.

In 1 Corinthians 11:31, Paul uses the word judge as he reminds us to ‘check’ ourselves:

-For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world-

And when we ‘check’ ourselves, we realize how much more we need Jesus and how much more We need His Holy Spirit to come and live inside of our hearts to convict Us of Our Sins and to Convince Us of Righteousness and to redeem our souls from condemnation.

Here’s PART 2 of Our Lesson:

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-And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end-
(1Samuel 3:11-12)

So there Samuel lay as the Lord came and stood, revealing to Samuel all the calamity that would soon befall Eli’s household. – Now I just love it when God says, “Behold, I am about to do a new thing!” I translate it like this…”Hey!! Check this Out!! Some things are about to change around here, so keep your eyes AND your ears opened!!

So…God goes on to tell Samuel that when He gets done…’doing His New Thing’…that BOTH of your ears are gonna tingle, along with everybody else that hears about what’s about to happen in Israel!!

God was Fed Up with Eli and his Two wicked son’s behavior in The Lord’s House…that’s the Church. Now God had already sent Eli a lengthy warning, by a different messenger, in Chapter 2, verses 27-36. So Pastor Eli had been previously ‘checked’ about what was going on in the church with his two Asscociate Ministers – Eli’s Sons, but Eli still refused to check himself and also refused to check his sons.

In Chapter 2, verses 24-25, the writer reveals more to us about Eli’s Pastoring style, as well as his lackadaisical parenting style. We learn that Eli was well aware of what was happening in the church. He had known of it, firsthand…and he had heard All the church gossip regarding Hophi and Phinehas- his two associate ministers. He knew that they were misusing the member’s offerings and Eli also knew that the boys were sleeping with the ‘Ushers’…amongst other things…and yet Eli idlely sat in his chair…beside a post of the church and did nothing about it!

Now, Remember that Eli was the High Priest and ‘THE’ Judge in Israel. It was his job to judge or ‘check’ the sin in Israel, and particularly to ‘check’ the sin within his own household – the Church- but since Eli refused to check and punish his own sons, God ‘checked’ them instead!

So Now…God was sending Samuel forth with a message of judgement upon Eli’s household…only this time, there was no grace period available…God was determined to put an end to the Sin in His House!

The Next Morning, when Samuel arose, he shared the vision with Eli, hiding nothing of it from him, and yet Eli, once again, seems to esteem the prophesy lightly. Look at how he responds to the death sentence upon his household in Chapter 3, verse 18. Eli says, “It is the Lord; let Him do what seems good to Him.”

WOW!!

So of Course…God did do what seemed fit in Chapter 4, verses 17-18. He purged Eli and both his sons from His tabernacle. Both Hophni and Phinehas were killed during a battle against the Philistines…both boys on the same day.

When Eli heard of all that had befallen his two sons, Eli fell off his seat backwards and broke his neck….I’ll bet both his ears were tingling before he hit the pavement. Lol!

Now The writer particularly mentions in verse 18 that Eli was old and heavy…and so this bit of information clues Us in as to what happened to Eli that day. Eli was sitting in his FAVORITE chair, as he did so often, when suddenly, the chair broke under his own weight.

Why do I say FAVORITE?…because of how often the writer mentions that Eli…the high Priest and Judge in Israel was sitting down on the job – instead of Doing God’s Work!

Even So, I’ve often wondered why the writer added this little fact about Eli’s weight upon his death…but it was actually revealed in Chapter 2, verse 29.

Remember that God had originally Warned Eli about how he had dishonored God by in turn, honoring his own sons before and above God…and so here the text tells Us just how Eli had managed to get so heavy.

It’s fairly evident that Eli had also been an active participant in fattening his own flesh on God’s offering…along with Hophni and Phinehas.

So is that why Eli had so long refrained from judging or ‘checking’ his boys??

Was it because Eli had received a longterm, personal benefit from his sons evil behavior in the church??

You Be The Judge!!…as You ALSO ‘Judge’ Yourself!!

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And Remember…

God Loves You and So Do I!!

💕Tam

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Check Yourself or Be Checked! Part I

-For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world- (1Cor 11:30)

 Hey Neighbor!

Here’s another ‘ Oldie’ blog for You from 2015!!

Enjoy🤩

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Today’s Lesson is a reminder that As Leaders in our homes, on Our jobs, in Our schools, and in Our churches, etc., we have a responsibility to Judge Ourselves or better yet to Check Ourselves or Be Checked by God!!

In Today’s Bible Story, We Meet the High Priest, Eli in 1 Samuel 2:12 and his Two wicked sons, Hophni and Phinehas who served as priests in the tabernacle at Shiloh.

Now Eli also Served as Israel’s Judge, however, he failed to judge or check himself and his boys, so eventually, God Checked Eli.

The Result was the death of Eli and both of his two son – all in one day…in addition to the eventual death of the Church at Shiloh.

Today, We Will begin Our Lesson with the introduction of Samuel, who was also like a son to Eli, into the priesthood at Shiloh.

(To Read More about Samuel’s Birth, Read the Lesson titled,’Bible Trivia Answer: Hannah’s Prayer.’)

Here is Part I of Our Lesson….

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Now, Samuel was only about 3 years old when he was weened by his mother, Hannah who had dedicated the boy to the Lord’s service in the Tabernacle at Shiloh, before the High Priest and Judge of Israel, Eli.

Now Eli was very old and had two adult sons of his own. These two sons were named Hophni and Phinehas and they were both worthless and wicked priests.

Verse 2:29 tells Us that they treated God’s sacrifices with contempt, as they greedily fattened themselves by taking the choicest portion of every offering from the offerer – by force.

Verse 2:12 tells us that although Hophni and Phinehas were priests in the church and ministered before the Lord, they did not ‘know’ or regard the Lord – but Young Samuel – who did not yet know the Lord, was both faith-full and obedient to the Lord and also to Eli.

Eli loved Samuel. He accepted Samuel into his home and raised him up in the priestly order.

In essence, Eli was blessed with another son…a son that would adhere to both God’s laws and to Eli’s instructions.

Samuel also loved Eli. He cared for his elderly, adopted dad and catered to his every need.

Whenever Eli called, Samuel came running! Chapter 3- Verse 4 tells Us about and evening when Samuel came running to Answer Eli’s Call, only to learn that it was not Eli calling Samuel…but God was calling Samuel.

It was shortly after both Eli and Samuel had retired for the night and had gone to bed, when Samuel heard his name, “Samuel!”

He hurried to Eli to see how he could help, but Eli sent him back to bed, telling the boy that he was mistaken, because he had not called for Samuel.

Again the young boy hears his name again, as he lies upon his bed, “Samuel!” So once again, he returns to Eli, only to be sent back to bed, because, again, Eli had not called the boy.

So after a third round of this, Eli finally perceives that it is The Lord Who is Calling Samuel, so Eli instructs Samuel to go back to bed a third time, but this time, with instructions. Eli instructs Samuel how to respond to Lord, telling him, if he hears the Voice calling his name again…answer like this:

‘Speak Lord, for Your servant is Listening.”

Now Verse 3:10 Tells Us when the Lord called Samuel the fourth time, He called Samuel’s name twice, “Samuel! Samuel!”

The Lord comes and stands before Samuel, as he is lying in his bed, So Finally, Samuel answers God… Just like Eli instructed him and God began to give Samuel an earful.

Can You imagine this Young boy lying there, probably terrified, afraid to look up at the Vision of the Lord standing about his bed…as he is getting a full download from God- and it was all about Eli and his two wicked sons.

How interesting that Verse 15 tells Us that Samuel laid there until Morning…I wouldn’t have moved a muscle until daybreak either and I’m pretty sure Samuel didn’t get his 40 winks that night! Lol!!

God was delivering a Message to Eli through the young prophet, Samuel.

God had previously checked Eli, putting him on Notice about His Son’s Behavior in the church, but Now God was Sending Forth Judgement. We will Discuss God’s Judgement of Eli’s Family in Part II.

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God Loves You and So Do I!!

💕Tam

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The Pit Before the Palace – Part 1

⁃ And they said one to another, See, here comes this dreamer and master of dreams. So come on now, let us kill him and throw his body into some pit; then we will say [to our father], Some wild and ferocious animal has devoured him; and we shall see what will become of his dreams (Gen 37:19)

Hey Neighbor!!

I was reading this morning about Joseph, the ‘master’ of dreams, as he was ‘so called’ and viciously mocked by his ‘green-eyed’ older brothers, who had grown to hate him.

Yes! I did say that Joseph’s brother’s hated him.

Why??

Well here is some family background first, which should help us understand why:

Joseph was the 11th son of 12 boys born into a household filled with jealousy and envy. Their father, Jacob, had 4 different wives… and 2 of those wives (Leah and Rachel) were sisters, who were constantly in strife, competing for their husband’s love, time, and attention, even though Rachel was openly recognized as Jacob’s favorite wife.

Now Jacob still had two 2 more wives, Bilhah and Zilpah- they originally served as handmaids to each of the sisters, but were now given, (in the spirit of competition) to Jacob, as concubines (secondary wives.)

Can you imagine the ongoing arguments inside of their tents??

Drama! Drama!! Drama!!!

Well…it didn’t make things any better after Jacob unashamedly proclaimed Joseph (Rachel’s boy) as his ‘favorite’ son and openly bestowed upon him a coat of many colors!

Now this is when we first learn (from Scripture) that Joseph’s brothers’ jealousy had been building and fermenting in their hearts and had matured into full grown hate! – Scripture tells us that they hated him so much that they would not speak to him- not even so much as to say Good Morning to him- Nor Good Night!!

I would imagine that each time they looked at Joseph wearing this beautiful, colorful coat…feelings of covetousness overcame them and thus they became even more enraged.

Now we know that Joseph did not hide this coat away in some secret drawer, as to calm and/or pacify his brothers’ rage.

And why would he??

Joseph both loved and honored his father, therefore he felt blessed to receive this precious gift and he was happy that his father had chosen to honor him with it – above all of his sons.

I’m sure that Joseph diligently cared for his coat, as this young shepherd had also cared for his fathers’ flock. I’m sure he was dutiful to keep it fresh, and crisp, and spot free. I’m sure that Joseph and his colorful coat were inseparable. In fact, We know that he was wearing his coat on the very day that his hate-filled brothers conspired to take his life.

-When Joseph had come to his brothers, they stripped him of his [distinctive] long garment which he was wearing; Then they took him and cast him into the [well-like] pit which was empty; there was no water in it (Gen 37:23)

Well you may say- what kind of dream did this boy have that would tick his brothers off to such an extreme that they would conspire against him and throw him into a pit??

Well….Here is Joseph’s 1st dream:

-We [brothers] were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright, and behold, your sheaves stood round about my sheaf and bowed down! His brothers said to him, Shall you indeed reign over us? Or are you going to have us as your subjects and dominate us? And they hated him all the more for his dreams and for what he said (Gen 37:7)

At this point, these wicked brothers were burning with anger and hatred. They were just about fed up with Joseph and these dreams, perceiving that Joseph viewed himself as superior to them. They feared this 1st dream was a prediction that Joseph would have dominion over them, and thus they feared that they would eventually become servants to Joseph.

Perhaps they were even more concerned that their much loved little brother, might usurp them chronologically and be given the birthright by Jacob- that is the double portion of their father’s blessing – which is traditionally given to the eldest son- that would be Reuben.

How could the youngest brother reign over the oldest?

How could this one son- reign over the many?

Well God explains why this thing would come to pass in 1Samuel 2:30 in regards to Eli’s two wicked sons- when He says:

-I will honor those who honor Me and I will lightly esteem those who despise Me.

Although the brothers were much offended by Joseph, his coat, and his dreams, God was using all of these these things for stumbling blocks to them, because they had despised their brother and their F(f)ather(s).

God had lightly esteemed Joseph’s older brothers because He knew their hearts to be wicked and He had witnessed their deceitful behavior. They had repeatedly dishonored their earthly father, Jacob and had therefore dishonored their Father in Heaven.

But God also knew Joseph’s heart. And… in Contrast, He had seen Joseph’s faithfulness- in that he was dutiful to his ‘dear old dad’ and all that Jacob possessed- Therefore, God chose to honor Joseph above all of his brothers, by causing Jacob to make this ‘son of his old age,’ a beautiful coat, which represented his future ‘prince-hood.’

Yes! Joseph’s dreams were indeed confirmation of things that were certain to come to pass.

And God had blessed Joseph ‘the dreamer’ with a prophetic peak into the Palace.

Yes! Joseph, the younger would indeed reign over the oldest- in fact, He would receive the birthright instead of Reuben.

Yes! Each of Jacob’s 11 (eleven) sons would indeed bow before the more righteous, (1) one- and they would once again call him ‘master’- in all his splendor!!

After all, God says the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. And very soon, Joseph will find himself in the Palace – Prince over great abundance, in a wicked land called Egypt.

We will continue this lesson next time and learn about Joseph’s 2nd dream and we will also learn why he would first find himself in the pit.

Along the way, we will gather some more history/background about the nature and character of Jacob’s brothers, who would continue to dishonor their F(f)athers.

Thanks For Stopping By, Neighbor!

Until Next a Time, Remember…

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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