This evening I was reading from I Sam 8: 1-3, where it says, ‘And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba. And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.’
Samuel who had shown a stable attachment to God was old now. He was the person children of Israel trusted because they knew Samuel trusted in his heavenly Father.
But here Samuel’s sons didn’t follow his example. The Bible doesn’t say they were murderous but something very different. They were greedy men, and they were after money!
This verse clearly states that God’s rules were replaced with what Joel and Abiah thought was right. What they did not know was just because they were judges in Israel, their judgments were not above God’s judgement.
What did they do? If you had money you got what you wanted and if you were poor you had no voice. It was a time when money talked!!!!
One second! Does this not sound familiar to us? Some of us got the silly idea that Bible stories were only for people back then, not for us! But this is what we see in our world today!
Is this story about any politicians or secular office? NO! it’s about God’s servants who were the judges of the flock. The reason this is very important because, once greed got into the work of God’s servants, justice and mercy was lost.
It seems that at the time of Samuel, his sons fell prey to the longing for more. A longing that strikes all of us, no matter what we have or don’t have. Samuel’s two boys decided to bend God’s rules to get what they wanted.
As I was reading this today, I had to ask myself, how often I get annoyed with some little wants that I haven’t got when so many people I see around me are suffering without the basic necessities they need to survive?
What about you? What role does money play in your life today?
Prema Sunder Raj