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"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)
Eli, like most fathers, wanted what was best for his children. He yearned
for them to walk with the Lord and live exemplary lives, but they didn't.
Actually, their lives were direct inversions of Eli's dreams for them.
They were carousing, wicked men. Eli pleaded with them to turn their lives
around and to stop sinning against God. Eli could go to people they sinned
against and mediate between his sons and their victims, but Eli knew that
he, nor anybody else could mediate between them and God.
The sons continued in their sinfulness and Eli continued in his helplessness.
There was no one to stand between his sons and God, as much as he would
have loved to have done it, he couldn't, because he too was a sinner.
The prophet of the Lord came to visit Eli and told him that God was
going to bring judgement on his entire household and that his descendants
would die horrible, premature deaths because of their sins. And that's
If only, Eli had a mediator.
Today there is. Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God stands between
a Holy God and a sinful men and women to reconcile our differences. Sin
doesn't have to separate us from God's favor. Jesus paid the price for
our sin and became our mediator. 2 Cor. 5:19 says, "...that God was in
Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses
against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation." (NASB)
Christ is our mediator and He has given us the job to spread the good
news of how He can reconcile sinful men and women to God.
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