1 Samuel 2:17 NKJV “Therefore the sin of the young men was very great before The Lord, for men abhorred the offering of The Lord.”
1 Samuel 2:24 NKJV “No, my sons! For it not a good report that I hear. You make the Lord’s people transgress”
The sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were using their ministry before the Lord for their own sinful gain. They were skimming unlawfully from the offering and living wild lives. Yet ultimately, the judgment that comes on them is for something far more serious. These two young men were causing all of Israel to turn away from God in disgust. By their actions, they were blaspheming the name of God, causing men to abhor the offering of The Lord.
God is gracious and merciful, and desires that all men no Him; but He will not allow those who claim to be His priests and ministers to lead His people into sin. Those who practice such things will face sure judgment, and soon. Hophni and Phinehas were led to death by The Lord only a short time later in 1 Samuel 4. God’s people, and particularly ministers are held to a much higher level of accountability than those who as of yet do not know God. When they continue in sin, such that the name of God is scorned in the world, He will not wait long before judgment.
Because of our nation, many who have never heard the Gospel scorn our faith. They see the sins of our nation, and automatically associate such things with the name of Christ. As a result, every Sunday when all across the nation we repeat the first line of the Lord’s Prayer, which is best interpreted “Father, sanctify your name”; we are praying down swift judgment on our nation. God will not allow His name to be blasphemed on our account, let us repent now for the sins of our nation and take strong steps to reverse the blasphemy that has been comitted.