Monday: September 15th, 2019
Sub-Theme: Godly Leadership
Topic: Some Bible Examples of Ungodliness in Leadership 1: Aaron and Eli.
Texts: Ex. 28: 1-2; 32: 1-7; 1 Sam. 1: 3 & 2: 12-17, 27-29.
i. To Learn from the call and performance of Aaron and Eli in priesthood;
ii. To highlight their challenges and the causes;
iii. To learn from the consequence of ungodly actions in the priestís office.
Aaron was called by God as the first high priest of Israel. He was ordained the same day with his sons Nadab, Abihu, Elieazar and Ithamar as priests. Soon after their ordination, Nadab and Abihu offered a strange fire and got killed by God for doing so.
Years later, Eli emerged from the lineage of Ithamar as priest. How did they fare? Why did they fail and what was the result? These we will find out in this study.
1a. How would you describe the call of Aaron and Eli and its essence to the priesthood? Heb. 5:1-4; Exod.28:1-2.
b. How did they perform in their offices? Ex. 32: 1-6; 1 Sam. 1:3 & 2:12-17, 27-29.
c. How well did their children portray the office of the priest? Lev. 10:1; 1 Sam. 2:12-17, 22-25.
2a. What resulted from the ungodly acts of these priests and their children? Lev.10:1-2; 1 Sam. 2:27-36; 3:14; 4:11-22..
b. How would God have us respond to the consequences of these Priests ungodly conducts? Why? Acts 17:30; 1 Pet.4:17-19.
c. What safeguards can the Church put in place to help keep the sanctity of its leadership in the face of the ever present tendency to make mistakes, and in view of the vulnerable nature of man? See 1 Tim. 3:5, 10-13; Exod.18:21.
God honours those who honour Him and if anyone by virtue of his office or calling despises God, the Lord will act at His appointed time. Therefore, let us rise up today to perform our responsibility to please God.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
There is no respect of persons with God; He hires and fires.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Timothy 3:12.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.