SUNDAY, MARCH 30
Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:11-14
Our question is simple – do we have a biblical mandate to restrain evil? Do we? Is it really in Scripture? There is a biblical mandate to restrain evil – is it valid today? 1 Samuel 3:11-13 is that mandate. It says, “Then the Lord said to Samuel: ‘Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them.’” Verse 14 goes on to say, “And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”” Do we have a biblical mandate to restrain evil? Eli did, but he failed to do it. And he lost his priesthood for it. If that isn’t clear, I am not sure what is. We have such a biblical mandate to restrain evil that God has even made us an altar and a temple. We are a living temple to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. So what are we doing? Why do we enable evil by praying blessing on those who continue to practice it? We need to pray like David prayed!