Peter Misselbrook's Blog
Oct 1 2011 - E100.31c – 1 Samuel 3, The call of Samuel

We are told that the word of the Lord was rare in the days of Eli; when the Lord called to Samuel he did not realise who was speaking. Eli, however, realised that it was the Lord and told Samuel to respond by saying, "Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening" (1 Samuel 3:9).

The word of the Lord to Samuel echoes the word previously spoken to Eli by a prophet (2:27f). Eli's family are about to suffer God's judgment. This word from God seems dark and negative, but the Lord has much more to say to Samuel and much more to do through him, for we read, "The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.  And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD. The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word."

Samuel is the last of the judges, but he is no localised leader. The whole of Israel (from Dan in the North to Beersheba in the south) is united under his rule and prepared for the arrival of a king.

The Lord Jesus is not only our king and priest (as we saw yesterday), he is also our prophet. He is the one through whom God has most fully revealed his heart and mind. He is the Word made flesh. He is the one in whom all that God has previously said now finds its focus and its great 'Yes!' He is the Lord who calls to us and awaits our response.

Speak Lord, for your servant is listening. Help me to hear your voice and to follow and serve you all my days. May I let nothing of what you have to say to me fall to the ground.

Peter Misselbrook