1 SAMUEL 3

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1 Samuel 3

LEARNING FROM SAMUEL

 

BE AVAILABLE - Vss. 1-10

Samuel thought that he heard Eli calling.

When Eli perceived that Samuel was being called by the Lord he gave some great advice.

Eli Samuel to say "Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth."

We must be available to hear from God through prayer, Bible reading, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

 

BE ATTENTIVE - Vss. 11-14

God gave Samuel specific information. Samuel had to pay attention so that he would get the message straight. As we pay attention as we read God's word, pray, and hear God's Word preached and taught, we will have our own message from God straight.

 

BE AN ANNOUNCER - Vss. 15-18

Samuel was encouraged by Eli to tell all him all that God had said.

We should be willing to announce what God has taught us.

 

BE ACCURATE - Vss. 19-21

Samuel's information was always reliable because he shared exactly what God had told him. May the words we share from God be equally as accurate.

 

 

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1 Samuel 3

THE CALL OF SAMUEL

 

During one of the darkest times of Israel's history, God called a boy named Samuel to be a prophet.

 

IT WAS A PRECIOUS CALL - Vss. 1-4

Anytime God speaks it's precious.  But the word of God was rare ("precious" in KJV) in those days, so when God spoke it was very special. Actually when God speaks it's always precious or special.

 

IT WAS A PERSONAL CALL - Vs. 4

God called Samuel.  God will call out special people for specific tasks. Salvation is also a personal call. God calls us to be saved. We must believe on Christ (Acts 16:31).

 

IT WAS A PERSISTENT CALL - Vss. 4-10

God called until Samuel answered God. He was a little confused because this was the first time God had called him.

Let's not keep God waiting, and answer His call whenever He gives it.

 

IT WAS A PRACTICAL CALL - Vss. 11-14

God had a message for Samuel to deliver to Eli (Which he did in verses 15-18).  When God calls us, He has practical reasons for doing so.

 

 

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1 Samuel 3:9

GREAT ADVICE

 

I have received and have given some good advice in my team.

One good word of advice came from my Dad when I was dating her. He said, "If you let this one get away you're crazy."  I didn't. We've been married for 28 years.

In pre-marital counseling I give what I feel is a good piece of advice. I tell the future husband to eat whatever his wife serves him for a year without complaining. He'll make a great cook!

 

In 1 Samuel 3:9 Eli the priest gives the young boy Samuel a piece of great advice, that we should take as well. "Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place."

 

There are several lessons that we learn from this passage and other Scriptures.

 

GOD SPEAKS AT QUIET TIMES

When God spoke to Samuel it was at night.

When God spoke to Joseph, or Daniel it was often in a dream.

When God spoke to John it was at a quiet time. He was "in the Spirit on the Lord's Day." (Revelation 1:10)

When God spoke to Elijah on Mount Horeb, it was with a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12).

 

It seems that it is during the times of solitude and quiet. Psalm 46:10-11, Isaiah 30:15

 

GOD WOULD SPEAK TO US REGULARLY

Once God started speaking to Samuel, He continued to communicate. 1 Samuel 3:19-21

God wants to communicate with us regularly as we abide in Christ. John 15:4-7

 

GOD WANTS A WILLING LISTENER

Eli told Samuel to say to the Lord, "Speak."

In other words, Samuel was to be willing to hear from the Lord.

God wants a willing listener.

God wants his servants to listen for His voice.

 

GOD WANTS A YIELDED LISTENER

Eli told Samuel to say "Speak Lord; for thy servant heareth."

Jesus is Lord and He has every right to instruct and command us.

We are also are the Lord's servants. If we are the Lord's servants, we must therefore be yielded to His plans for our lives.

 

GOD WANTS AN ATTENTIVE LISTENER

Samuel was told to say "Thy servant heareth."

In other words, Samuel was to be alert.

He was to be desirous of hearing what the Lord had to say.

He was to listen with a "ready ear".

 

We are to listen to God, trying to get as much from Him as we can. Go to speak, we are to hang on every word.

 

 

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