Read: Samuel 3:1-21
Samuel after the people had entered the Promised Land, the sacrifice of animals and the office of high priest continued.
Samuel had been dedicated to the Lord from before his birth, and his parents brought him to the temple to live with Eli, the
high priest, when he was still a young child. God began speaking to Samuel while he was still a boy.
Eli had disobeyed
the Lord by not disciplining his sons. Because of this, Eli and his sons died and Eli's family were no longer high priests.
After this time, the high priests were no longer the ones who spoke to Israel on behalf of God.
God raised up Samuel
as a prophet and he spoke the word of the Lord to the people of Israel for many years. There were many prophets who would
come after Samuel, and many of their prophesies are written in God's Word. The prophets told God's plan, and God corrected
and warned the people through the words of the prophets.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, that You have had a plan from
the beginning, that You spoke of it through Your prophets, that You recorded it in Your Word, and that You brought it to pass
in our lives through Jesus.
Link to Samuel
And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious
in those days; there was no open
And it came to pass at
that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay
And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said,
Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he
answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said,
Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli
perceived that the LORD had called the child.
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.
And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears
of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
In that day I will perform against Eli all
things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves
vile, and he
restrained them not.
And therefore I have sworn
unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.
And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared
to show Eli the vision.
Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered,
Here am I.
And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee
hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if
thou hide any thing from me of all the things
that he said unto thee.
And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And
he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.
And Samuel grew, and the LORD
was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
And all Israel from Dan
even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.
LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
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