Sunday, August 8, 2010

the retreat - day 6 - Jan. 13, 2008 - Samuel's call

From journal:

1 Samuel 3:1-11, 15-19 - call of Samuel:
Who he was:  pre-teen or in early teens, raised since birth to serve in the temple and assist the priest but did not yet "know" the Lord - the Lord's word had not yet been revealed to him

Nature of the call:
- God called Samuel's name - 3 times
- Samuel rose from his bed, ran to Eli, and said "Here I am," thinking E. had called him - 3 times
- Eli explains, God calls again, and Samuel follows Eli's instructions
- See - I am about to do something in Israel that will make everyone's ears ring - the judgment of Eli's family
- all Israel recognized Samuel as God's prophet as he grew, the Lord was with him, he continued to appear to Samuel, and kept the covenant

Samuel's simple obedience to God and to Eli - ran to him, said "Here I am."

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