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Dr. June Normil
The first example of ungodly attitudes focuses on one's attitude toward God and His holiness. Hophni and Phineas were the wicked sons of ELi, high priest at Shiloh when Samuel the prophet was born (see 1 Samuel 1:1 through 2:10). Despite their wickedness, these men were also priests. In the Old Testaent Levitical system the priests would receive a portion of the burnt offering for their own provision (see Leviticus 7:28-36). The Law was strict in its description of how such sacrifices were to be handeled, including which parts of theanimals must be offered as burnt offerings to the Lord. For example, the fat was to only be a burnt offering to God. Eli's sons did not follow God's instructions because they were dissatisfied with the allotment they received. Instead, they intimidated and threatened worshippers who protested their actions, even forcibly taking portions of meat that were not rightly theirs. Ignoring God's instructions these men indulged their own desires. They displayed contempt toward God that betrayed itself in irreverence. The aged ELI offered a rebuke, but to no avail (verses 23-25). They had only contempt for God's holiness and sovereign power. Sadly, the actions of Eli's sons resulted in judgment on the family. Eli's line would not continue in the priesthood. In addition, Hophni and Phineas would lose their lives, dying in the battle at Aphek (see verses 34-35; see 4:17-18). During the battle, the Philistines captured the ark of the covenant. This terrible event so upset Eli that upon hearing it he fell from his chair, broke his neck, and died.
LUST FOR POWER AND FAME ( ACTS 8:9-24)
Do you ever struggle with any of the destructive attitudes mentioned in this lesson? Keep in mind that they are often subtle temptations. apathy toward God develops over time as we are drawn toward our own desires. Greed is too often justified in our materialistic world, leaving us with opportunities to materialistic world, leaving us with opportunities to rationalize self-serving motives. In a similar way, power and fame can draw anyone, sometimes in unexpected ways such as mistreating someone over unexpected ways such as mistreating someone over whom we have influence or authority Take time to analyze your attitudes today. Pray that God will expose any destructive desires or thoughts, replacing them with joy, humility, and a desire to minister to others. By cultivating good attitudes, we follow a path that pleases God.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 98 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2017 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil