The sons of Eli the priest were unruly and they dishonoured God time and time again. Eli could not discipline his children. Eli was a busy man, busy working for the Lord while neglecting his family but you know something, God did not see it that way.
1 Samuel 2:12-36
According to the laws given in Numbers 15:22-31, Eli’s sons should have been executed. Perhaps that was why he could not confront the situation. However, God had to step in. Hophni and Phinehas were seducing women who came to the tabernacle to worship, they treated the offerings of the Lord with contempt and they were unruly.
When God called Samuel, He told Samuel what he would do to Eli who could not control his children. Samuel was still a boy at this time.
1 Samuel 3:10-15
Many years later, the boy Samuel had become a grown man with a family of his own. He served God in several ramifications: as a judge, a priest and a prophet. Remember, Samuel was an answer to Hannah’s prayer and Hannah handed him over to God. however, Samuel just like Eli could not control his children. His children were nothing like him. They took bribes and perverted judgements
1 Samuel 8:3-5
They were so bad that the people would rather have a king rule over them than continue in the system of priests and judges. When you dedicate your life to serving God, grooming children with the fear of God is part of the service.
Discipline and correction is part of love. when you leave your children to behave however they like, know that there will be a day of reckoning. We are in the era of the new covenant so God would require you or anyone else to execute your child for perpetual wrongful doing but remember that their eternity is at stake and you will give an account to God on how you raised your child.
This is why I encourage parents to pray for their children even before they are born and the prayers should not stop when they are born. In James 5:16, we see that the effectual fervent prayers of a righteous person avails much, and James 2:20 &26 tells us that faith without works is dead. While we pray and trust God to keep our children in the ways of the Lord, we still need to do the needful.
Teach them, guide them, caution, correct, discipline and pray for them. Hophni and Phinehas had a terrible end and it is my earnest prayer that my children and the children of those reading this post will fear the Lord and love Him for who He is. Let us be faithful mothers. Let us be the faithful parents God has called us to be.