1 Samuel 8:1 As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel.2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.
Unfortunately, it seems that Eli's parental failings rubbed off on Samuel. You would think that having witnessed the rebellion of Eli's sons and the destruction of their family that followed, that Samuel would've done all that he could to make sure things turned out differently in his family. But that doesn't seem to have been the case.
Children grow into adults and ultimately they are responsible for their behaviour. However, as parents, we too are responsible for how we raise our children.
A good reminder to take our parental roles very seriously!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Samuel 10:1-11:15, John 6:43-71, Psalm 107:1-43, Proverbs 15:1-3