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A Slap On The Wrist (Chinese/English)

1 Samuel 2:22-24– Now Eli was very old and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.  And he said unto them, why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.  Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the Lord’s people to transgress.

撒母耳记上 第二章-22 以利年甚老迈,听见他两个儿子待以色列众人的事,又听见他们与会幕门前伺候的妇人苟合, 23他就对他们说:「你们为何行这样的事呢?我从这众百姓听见你们的恶行。 24我儿啊,不可这样!我听见你们的风声不好,你们使耶和华的百姓犯了罪。

A Slap On The Wrist


Eli was the High priest, his sons were priests also, but they were a disgrace to their calling. Not only were they thieves, but they were fornicators.

以利是大祭司,他的儿子们也是祭司,但他们的呼召是一种耻辱。 他们不仅是小偷,还是通奸者。

These women came to worship God, but these two evil men used and abused their power.


The Lord eventually dealt with them and rightly so, but why did it have to come to that?


I have heard it enough times, some Christian is living in sin and I hear this:


You can’t judge him/her.


You should look at your own life first.


You should show them love.


They have been members of the church a long time, we can’t drive them away.


Eli knew that what they were doing was sinful, he was the stereotypical bad parent or even pastor, whatever their child or church member do, they tolerate, they don’t want to rock the boat, they can’t correct their children/church members, that is too harsh by far.

以利知道这些人这样做是有罪的,这些人是刻板的坏父母甚至是牧师,无论他们的孩子或教会成员做什么,他们都会容忍,他们不想搅局,他们无法纠正他们的孩子/教会 成员们,“这太苛刻了”。

Now I realize that God hardened their hearts, because of their indifference, but Eli was at fault here, he should have dealt firmly, in banning these evil men from the priest’s office, the things they were doing, were worthy of severe punishment or even death.

现在我意识到上帝正因为他们的冷漠而使他们的心刚硬。以利在这里有错,他应该坚决对待,禁止这些邪恶的人任祭司的职位,他们所做的事情,应该受到严厉的惩罚甚至是 死亡。

Virtually the same scenario happened in Numbers 25, what happened these two were pierced through by Phinehas. So why didn’t this happen with these two evil men?

几乎相同的场景在民数记25章也发生过,那两个人被非尼哈刺穿的事情。 那么,为什么对以利的儿子没有降下这样的惩罚呢?

I hear this all the time, something happens in a church, some Christian is in sexual sin and after multiple rebukes refuses to change his/her behavior. We need to deal with sin in the house of God, not wait and say, let’s wait and pray and let God handle it. He has given us pastors and deacons with authority to deal with this. But how often do they act like Eli and give a slap on the wrist-when they need to deal with the sin like Phinehas did and kill it, that is to disallow fellowship to that person.

我一直听到这类事情在教会里发生,一些基督徒在性犯罪中跌倒,甚至在受到多次指责之后也拒绝改变。 我们需要在神的殿中对付罪,而不是等着说,让我们等着祷告,让神来处理。 他给了我们牧师和执事处理这个问题的权力,但是当他们需要像非尼哈那样处理并杀死罪恶时,他们有多少次像以利那样行事,只是打了一下手腕,那就是不允许那个人参加团契。

Time to clean house Church, judgement begins at the house of God.


God wants a pure church.


God bless you.


About Keith H

Hello everyone, my name is Keith or kk. I am a christian writer and teacher living in Nanjing China Teaching both online and in person, Have several students. Am married to a wonderful chinese lady called Helen with a beautiful 27 year old daughter called sherry, she is a ba in fine arts from brandon university in Canada

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  1. Keith
    Thank you for your messages, each one is encouraging.
    God Bless~

  2. Strong words for the Body of Christ to clean up and clean out the sin in their midst.

  3. thanks cd and jennifer

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