I Sam 3:1-21
Today’s passage is one of the ones i grew up reading and very fond of. It stuck from the very first time I read it. This was a time when the word of God was very scarce, people hardly see any vision, but it was the same time God decided to reveal himself to the little boy Samuel.
When Samuel initially heard the voice of God, he thought it was Eli calling him. This went on three times until Eli told him, when next he heard the voice, he should say, “speak for thy servant heareth”. Eli himself was aged and already dim of sight, not only physically but spiritually too.
God revealed to Samuel that he would bring to pass the judgment he declared concerning Eli’s ffamily, because despite the sins of his sons and His warnings, Eli did not restrain them. God said their sins would not be purged by any amount of sacrifice.
Samuel found it difficult to relay this to Eli, but on his insistence he told him. Eli’s response that God should do whatever he pleased is a final reflection of his relinquished authority over his sons, he made no further attempt whatsoever.
However, Samuel waxed stronger, the Lord continued to reveal Himself to him, and made sure that none of the words he said came unfulfiled to the extent that everyone in Israel knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.
Some verses to remember
Vs 20: And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.