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April 2, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 3 (ESV)

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.

Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.

And the Lord called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him....Continue Reading

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  1. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

  2. This is a great story revealing the special nature of God’s relationship and communication with Samuel. God is looking for those who will hear His voice especially in dark times. And it is clear that Samuel is God’s replacement for Eli. And when you consider the miraculous nature of Samuel’s birth, it is interesting how God is filling the gap left by the evil action of Eli and his sons. It is the way God works. If we will not do the work God calls us to, He will raise up someone who will. God is a gap filler.

    And it is interesting how Eli responds to the coming judgement. It shows that he knows he deserves it because of his son’s actions and his unwillingness to stop them, but through the years he has never done anything to truly address the problem and has complicatedly (implicitly?) received the benefit of what they were doing (assuming his large size was due to eating all the stuff his sons took from the sacrifices).

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