God Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest

The Calling“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » to Samuel

I Samuel 3:1-10

By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... », Jr.samuelboy1

January 18, 2015 (2nd Sunday after EpiphanyThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... »)

Introduction

In the days when the High PriestLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » EliGod is With Us. Read more ... » was judgeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » of IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... », there appeared in the sanctuary of Shiloh a wonderful child: his nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » was Samuel. Samuel was serving the LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » with Eli.

 I. The PreparationThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » for the Young ProphetIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... »: “Service to God” (I Sam 3:1-3)

Probably Samuel did not knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » yet the will of the Lord for him, he was just serving the Lord in the sanctuary. During that timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » according to our passage “A wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » from the Lord was rare in those days, and visionsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » were infrequent” (v.1). In other wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », the Lord did not always reveal himself to people, especially to his prophetsHis Master Asks This Man, His Answer Triggers the Opening of Big Secret. Read more ... » and priestsHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... ». Probably the young Samuel did not expect that the Lord would call and talkThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » to him.

Samuel was just serving the Lord. His focus was serving!

Like us nowadays, we might serve the Lord just because we know it is our duty to serve the Lord. We do cleaning, we do preaching, we do teaching, we serve as musicians, and we do whatever we believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » it is the will of God for us.

For Samuel, serving the Lord during that time was his preparation for higher calling in God’s ministryLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... ». I believe his work and service helped him to develop his personality, made him patient, and made him honest to God.

In our experiencesAn Angel of the Day!. Read more ... » and service to God, we might encounter different uniqueThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » experiences. Sometimes even our brothers and sisters are giving us hard times. Sometimes deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... », sufferingThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » and hardship teach us to be strong, faithfulThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... », patient, and smart for the next level of our service to God.

This is true in my faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » journey. The death in the familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », the pain of separationThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... », discrimination in the churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » and community, being in illnessLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » and penniless—all these experiences taught me to be patient, strong and smart for the gloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » of God, and for the next level of service to Him.

According to a traditional Hebrew“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... », AbrahamThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » was sitting outside his tent one evening when he saw an old man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... », and weary from age and tired in his journey. He was coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » towards him. Abraham rushed out, greeted him, and then invitedWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » him into his tent. There he washed the old man’s feet and gave him food and drink.

The old man immediately began eating without saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » any prayerNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » or blessingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... ». So Abraham asked him, “Don’t you worship God?”

The old traveler replied, “I worship fire only and reverence no other god.”

When he heard this, Abraham became mad, grabbed the old man by the shoulders, and threw him out his tent into the cold night air.

When the old man had departed, God called Abraham and asked where the stranger was. Abraham replied, “I forced him out because he did not worship you.”

God answered, “I have suffered him these eighty years although he dishonors me. Could you not endure him one night?” (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

Our experiences with others might teach us something that might be used in our next level of service to God.samuel

 II. The Calling of God to Young Samuel: “Here I am” (I Sam 3:4-8).

The Lord called out to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.” He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am! You called me.” “I didn’t call you,” Eli said. “Go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

Then the Lord again called out, “Samuel!” So Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am! You called me.” He said, “I didn’t call you, my sonThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... ». Go back and lie down.”

Now Samuel did not know yet the Lord, and had not yet had the word of the Lord revealed to him. Then the Lord called out to Samuel again a third time, and he got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am! You called me.” Then Eli understood that the Lord was calling the boyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... ».

That was the first time that Samuel experienced the calls of the Lord. At first he did not recognize him, he thought it was the High Priest Eli calling him.

In this story we might conclude that sometimes God uses the words and human voiceMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » to call us. It is not like in the moviesThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » with echo or baritone voice! The words of God comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to us like human voice. Most of the time, the words of God revealed to us through the BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... »—Old and New Testaments“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... ». Some of us want to read only the New Testament but the Word of GodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » is also revealed in the Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... ». These two testaments are the Canon of ChristianityThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... ».

Samuel heard the calls of God three times, and he said “Here I am! You called me.” Knowing it was Eli who was calling him.

We are like the young Samuel in our faith. Sometimes God is calling us but many a time we don’t know that he is calling us. Sometimes we refuse his calls and his words to us.

On Dec. 4, 1893, Walter Gowans and Rowland Bingham of Toronto, Canada, and ThomasI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » Kent of Buffalo, N.Y., landed at Lagos, Nigeria.

Their aim was to witnessThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » for ChristThe Words of Jesus and the Coming Massive Revival in Groups. Read more ... » among the 60 million people of what was then commonly known as the Soudan, the area south of the Sahara between the Niger River and the Nile.

Gowans and Kent died in the first few months. Bingham returned to Canada, formed a council, and went back to Africa in 1900. That attempt, too, was unsuccessful.

In 1901 Bingham sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » out a party that succeeded in establishing the MissionHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... »’s first headquarters at Patigi, 500 miles up the Niger River.

When these first SIM (Serving in Mission) pioneers landed in Nigeria, Gowans was 25 years old, Bingham was two weeks away from his 21st birthdayPGF the Lord!. Read more ... », Kent was 23 (sermonillustrations.com).

These young people heard the calling of God and they said “Here we are,” and they followed him even it would mean death and suffering on their part.

III. The Listening to God of Samuel: “Your ServantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » Is Listening” (I Sam 3:9-10)speaklord1

When Eli discerned that it was God who was calling Samuel, Eli told Samuel, “Go lie down, and then if he calls you again, answer613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... », ‘Speak, Lord, because your servant is listening.'”

Then Samuel went and lay down. Later that night, the Lord came and stood there, calling out for the fourth time, “Samuel! Samuel!” as he had before. Samuel said, “Speak, because your servant is listening.”

Samuel was listening since the first call of God, although in the first three calls he did not discern that it was God who was calling him. The goodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » thing was that he had open ears. In other words, his mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » was open for new things to come in. He did not neglect the calls. He entertained the calls. He offered himself to know the reason of the call.

Not only that, he was ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to follow whatever was the will of God, he said, “Speak, because your servant is listening.” When he knew that it was God who was calling him, he opened his ears, he offered his time, and he offered himself for servanthoodThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » just to realize the will of God.

Conclusion

In his autobiography, JohnPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » Kenneth Galbraith, A LifeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » in Our Times, illustrates the devotion of Emily Gloria Wilson, his family’s housekeeper. He narrates that it had been a wearying day, and he asked Emily to hold all telephone calls while he had a nap.

Shortly thereafter the phone rang. PresidentThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » Lyndon Johnson was calling from the White HouseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». “Get me Ken Galbraith. This is Lyndon Johnson.” “He is sleepingThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... », Mr. President. He said not to disturb him.”

President Johnson commanded her,WellJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... », wake him up. I want to talk to him.”

Emily replied, “No, Mr. President. I work for him, not you.

When Mr. Galbraith called the President back, the president could scarcely control his pleasure and he said to Mr. Galbraith, “Tell that womanThe Samaritan Woman’s Strategy. Read more ... » I want her here in the White House.”

(Houghton Mifflin in Reader’s Digest, December, 1981).

Emily knows the voiceA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... » of his masterCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... », and she would not follow any voice. Same with us ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... », we should know the voice of our master, and we should follow only his voice, and no other voices.

Like the young Samuel thrice he failed to decipher the voice of God, but when he realized it, he told him, “Speak, because your servant is listening.”

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