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April 16, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 1 Kings 10-11
Audio: 1 Kings 10-11

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

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.

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 boy. 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.

10 And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” 11 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. 12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 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. 14 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.”

15 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. 16 But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.” 17 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.” 18 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.”

19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the Lord. 21 And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

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  1. God Was Silent

    In the opening verse of today's chapter, we are greeted with a sobering reality: "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" (1 Samuel 3:1).

    What would cause God to stop communicating with His people? 

    The first thing I thought of was perhaps the people of God were not following what had already been revealed so why say more? Was anyone even listening?

    Are the words of Jesus from Matthew 7:6 on display when He said, "Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs?" 

    In his commentary on 1 Samuel, Dale Davis writes:

    "When Yahweh announced judgment on Israel through Amos (ca. 760 B.C.), he threatened a famine—not a famine of bread or thirst for water but a “famine of hearing the words of Yahweh.” People would wander everywhere to seek a word from Yahweh and would never find it (Amos 8:11–12). In Psalm 74 Israel withers under Yahweh’s anger, especially displayed in the enemy’s destruction of the temple (Psalm 74:3–8) but aggravated by the fact that “there is no longer any prophet” (Psalm 74:9). Tragic enough to have Yahweh’s sanctuary in smoke; tragic enough when God forces us to walk in darkness—but a silent darkness is unbearable. In 1 Samuel, King Saul will attest that the absence of God’s word signals the loss of God’s presence (1 Sam. 28:6, 15)."

    Davis, D. R. (2000). 1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart (pp. 42–43). Scotland: Christian Focus Publications.

    The good news in this chapter is that the Lord is breaking his silence and Samuel is the one who hears Him. 

    We are so blessed to have the entire revelation of God on the pages of Holy Scripture. From the Old Testament law, the prophets, the Gospels of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit igniting the first generations of Christians, the letters to the early church and the Revelation of Jesus Christ that comes with a warning to not anything to the book (Revelation 22:18), all that we need for life and godliness is contained in the Word of God. There is no new revelation today but illumination by the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who are in Christ and those who the Father is drawing to Himself (John 6:44). 

    For those of us who take the time to read, study, and understand the Word and submit ourselves to the authority of the Bible, our lives are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2 ) when the Holy Spirit convicts us, empowers us and sanctifies us through the truths found in His Word (John 17:17).

    Imagine if God made every bible (online and in print) disappear and what we were left with was whatever we had already committed to memory? 

    Would we continue to grow and mature in our faith or would we wither away?

    How would not having the Word impact our lives?

    "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" (Hebrews 4:12).

  2. And here we see God choosing, calling and raising up a prophet from among all the people in Israel: Samuel.

    There is debate in the body of Christ today as to whether or not prophets are still being raised up by God. If someone says, “So-and-so is a prophet,” should you correct them or run the other way? Is there a difference between “the gift of prophecy” and actually being a prophet? And Paul says to not despise prophecy. So what exactly is “prophecy”? 

     I looked up the word “prophet” this morning and found the following:

    https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/prophet/

     

    John Piper preached a series on prophecy in 1990. It begins here: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/when-will-prophecy-cease.

    And the Blue Letter Bible has a good, short article on the gift of prophecy:
    https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_451.cfm.

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