Summary: To show that if the LORD will make you a successful leader, be successful first with your family.
Are you a successful spiritual leader but failed as a father? for fathers only, you will fail if you don't rear your children in the training, discipline and counsel and admonition of the LORD.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that if the LORD will make you a successful leader, be successful first with your family.
1 Samuel 8:3 (Amplified Bible)
8:3 His sons did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are my Father and as a Father you take care of me and my sons.
2 Kings 8:19 (Amplified Bible)
8:19 Yet, for David His servant’s sake, the Lord would not destroy Judah, for He promised to give him and his sons a lamp forever.
Ephesians 6:4 (Amplified Bible)
6:4 Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord.
Samuel failed as a father
A. Author: unknown
B. Date written: After 1011 B.C.
C. Purpose: To record the founding of the Hebrew monarchy
D. To whom written: The nation of Israel
E. Keyword: king
F. Key verses:
1 Samuel 8:7-8 (Amplified Bible)
And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to the voice of the people in all they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not be King over them.
According to all the works which they have done since I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they also do to you.
1 Samuel 15:22 (Amplified Bible)
Samuel said, Has the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
Ezekiel 18:4 (Amplified Bible)
18:4 Behold, all souls are Mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine; the soul that sins, it shall die.
Romans 6:23 (Amplified Bible)
6:23 For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our relationship with the LORD JESUS is the only thing in this world that can save us from hell, and it's all personal and private. It was not mentioned but the sons of Samuel might be trusting in Samuel's holiness and being near with GOD, but it's not. It's for own soul's sake that you come to the LORD and it will not cover your family, your sons and even your relatives. Your family and other family members need to know the LORD personally and accept Him as Lord and Savior of their lives in a personal basis.
Illustration: Parents of a priest were glad because their son is a priest so that their son will save them from purgatory. But the problem is there's no purgatory.
A. Samuel's sons did not walk in Samuel's ways
"His sons did not walk in his ways,"
First example is Absalom: Absalom fought with his father King David long before he was seated on the throne, and he got the throne by robbery and oppression.