In a traditional Efik poetry, a writer says that the plantain dies and leaves plenty children, but all of them must look like the mother. There is something peculiar about the frames of the young plantain to its mother. You can’t mistake it for a palm tree, even if the young plantain did not see its mother. The story does not seem to apply to the children of Eli. Here we are at their introduction. We do not seem to get the details of whose son they really are. This is referring to what was influencing them. You’re the son of who is influencing you and your decisions. They lived in the parsonage, but they served a demon called Belial. The dictionary describes Belial as, ” a demon mentioned frequently in apocalyptic literature: identified in the Christian tradition with the devil or Satan,(in the Old Testament and rabbinical literature) worthlessness or wickedness”. So if we follow that Efik poetic frame, the sons of Eli were wicked, purposeless and worthless fellows. Compare them to the young Samuel, they were worlds apart in the same parsonage. Samuel lived to become a Priest, the children of Eli perished in one day. Saul asked David: Whose son are you?( 1Sam.17:58 ). Saul saw a manifestation and wanted to know David’s lineage. Whose child are you? Who does your daily actions portray? The children of Eli were surnamed: Belial. God, and in church. Jesus knew and looked like the father. He said they are one(John 10:30 ). May God deliver all our children, in Jesus Name! May we also look like our father, God.
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD…. Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD. 1 Samuel 2:12, 17 KJV