1 Samuel 3                        August 17, 2014                  God IS Calling

 1 Samuel 3 “Now the young man Samuel was ministering to the LORD under 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.  And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the young man. Therefore 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.  And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” Then the LORD said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.  On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.  And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”  Samuel lay until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.  But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.”  And Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the LORD. Let him do what seems good to him.”  And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the LORD And the Lord  appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord  revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.  ESV

 

“And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.”

 

  • I think we are in similar days today
    • The Word of the Lord was Rare in those days
      • Not that God isn’t speaking
        • But that we are not listening
      • There are so many voices professing the Word of God….some better than others…..some more correctly than others….but is ANYONE LISTENING?
      • Maybe God is the first to ask “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”
    • God Called Samuel but Samuel ASSUMED it was Eli.
      • Jesus says “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
      • Samuel did not know God – HE FOLLOWED ELI
        • We should not follow any man – FOLLOW GOD!
      • Samuel grew up “in the presence of God” (2:21)
        • But he did not KNOW God….(3:7)
        • I believe there are many, many people like this sitting in our churches today.
      • They have been raised around God but have never LISTENED TO GOD
      • Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’   And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” ESV
      • Samuel had not yet understood the Word of God
    • We need a spiritual leader to reveal the Word of God to us
      • As Eli did to Samuel
      • Romans 10:13-16 “For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” ESV
      • God knows we need preachers, evangelists, teachers and Christians who take seriously their responsibility to GO TELL
    • Hearing the Word of God is one thing, FOLLOWING it is another
      • The Word of God is often hard to deal with
      • The Word digs into our lives and exposes the truth of our hearts to us in ways that we don’t want to see.
    • Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” ESV
      • Sometimes it is hard to share the Message with those it needs to effect the most.
      • Sometime we need to say, as Eli said: “It is the Let him do what seems good to him.”
    • Here is a key verse for believers, new and “experienced”:
      • And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground”
        • Keep God’s Word in your heart and mind
        • NEVER throw aside any Word of God
        • God said it, Samuel TREAURED IT – do you?
      • How many times has God called you?
        • Are you listening?
        • OR Are you thinking it is someone else?
        • Perhaps you are pushing His Word away because you don’t like or understand what He is saying to you?
          • ALWAYS trust God!
        • Get in the Word and HEAR FROM GOD
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