by Jeff Strite

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The Bad Dad (5 of 6)
Series: Raising A G-rated Family In An R-rated World
Jeff Strite
I Samuel 2:12-36

OPEN: Have you ever had something go "bad" in your refrigerator?
How can you tell when food is spoiled?
Well, one of the first hints might be - when you open the door - it smells like something has died inside. But someone has come up with a list of ways in which we can determine whether our food has gone bad without having to smell it:

* Any canned goods that have become the size or shape of a softball should be disposed of… carefully.
* If you can take Chip Dip out of its container and bounce it on the floor, it has gone bad.
* A carrot that you can tie a clove hitch in is not fresh.
* Potatoes that are edible generally do not have roots, branches, or dense, leafy undergrowth.

* Milk is spoiled when it starts to look like yogurt.
* Yogurt is spoiled when it starts to look like cottage cheese.
* Cottage cheese is spoiled when it starts to look like regular cheese.
* Cheddar cheese is spoiled when you think it is blue cheese but you realize you've never purchased that kind.

APPLY: There are number of ways that you can tell you have spoiled food in your refrigerator.
But when it does become rotten… what do you do with it?
You throw it away.

Now that's appropriate for food, but what do you do when part of your family becomes "spoiled"? What actions should you take when your children start to act "rotten"? What happens when the influences of an R-rated world make too great of an inroad into your family's life?

That's the issue we're looking at here in the story of Eli and his sons.

Jerusalem did not belong to the Israelites at this time (that would take place under King David, some 80 or 90 years later) and so the Tabernacle was set up at the city of Shiloh in the northern area of Israel.
Eli had been the priest of Israel at Shiloh for about 40 years, but he had not been an entirely successful father.
I Samuel 2:12 tells us ...

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