Back to Egypt
Thank the Lord that sexual abuse against women that was known but cloaked in the power structures of Hollywood and Big Business is now having the curtain of silence ripped away by exposure on Social Media. But those of us in the church need to be careful about pointing the finger.
In my Old Testament Survey class yesterday we were dealing with the case of Hophni and Phineas, Eli’s sons. They were a family of priests who not only grew fat eating what was supposed to be God’s portion of the sacrificial lambs, but also seduced women who came to worship (1 Samuel 2:12-17).
One of my students raised the issue of the abusive priests in the Roman Catholic Church, and I reminded the class of the repeated scandals in the evangelical community where prominent leaders were exposed to be men like Hophni and Phinehas. God sent a prophet to warn Eli ((1 Samuel 2:27-36) and then warned him again by the night message to the boy Samuel (2 Samuel 3).
God wasn’t kidding when he told Eli and his sons they would end up dead (2Samuel 4:12-22), and God wasn’t kidding about a hundred and fifty years later in Israel’s history when the prophet Hosea warned Israel that their immoral priests and external worship was not going to stave off the deadly power of God’s judgment.
“Indeed Ephraim multiplied her altars but they became altars for sinning.
I wrote for him a multitude of my Laws but they considered them to be a foreign thing. Though they offer sacrifices as gifts to me, and though they eat the meat, the LORD is not pleased with them.
Now he will remember their guilt and punish them for their sins. They will return to Egypt.
Israel forgot her Maker. She built palaces and Judah multiplied fortified cities. But I will send a fire on their cities that will consume their fortresses.” Hosea 8:11-14
When Hosea delivered these prophetic messages before the Assyrians attacked, most rejected what he said and kept right on ignoring God’s instructions in his Word and continued sinning. But just as certainly as Eli, Hophni, and Phineas ended up dead, so anyone who fails to genuinely repent and turn to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness will face divine judgment in the end. It’s not a good thing to return to Egypt when you’ve been delivered from Egypt.
LORD, expose and convict religious leaders who might be administrating and leading massive building projects, growing congregations, and multi-million dollar budgets, but who are abusing men or women, breaking your moral standards, and pridefully believing it’s all concealed. Thanks that you will bring all things into the light.
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