On Sunday April 19th at 5.45 pm I was led to 1 Samuel 3 which started with the words:

And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision

In other words, there was no prophetic word and God was not making any live appearances to anyone in Israel.  Please read the first two chapters of the book in order to fully understand the context. Why did the chapter start in this manner, by linking Samuel to prophetic words and live appearances of members of the God family? This is no error, but tells us that this became the order of his life as we  will soon discover. Furthermore, this is how God appeared to the leaders of  Israel, such as Aaron and Moses, Joshua and others. However, the nation was in such a state that He could no longer speak.

The Lord had stopped  speaking to the High Priest  Eli and his sons Hopni and Phineas because of their collective sins. Hopni and Phineas would send their servants to take the meat offering from the altar of sacrifice before the sacrifice was completed. If anyone resisted, they would take the offering by force.  God had given the priests permission to take certain parts of the sacrifices after they had been offered for sins.  1 Sam 2: 17 says that their sin was vile in the Lord’s eyes. Moreover, they refused to listen to their father’s rebuke about their sins.

The child Samuel, who was not a Levite, was taken to the  temple and ministered to the Lord there.  The circumstances of his birth can be found in chapters 1 and 2 of the book.  God had earmarked Samuel to fill the role of Prophet to the nation. Nations do need true prophets of God. The priests had failed. They represented the established religious order of the day. In fact, they had failed so terribly that the Lord  sent a prophet to warn Eli about the destruction of his family line but the situation did not change (1 Sam 2: 27-36). 

God therefore called Samuel at night when it was dark in the temple. Eli was present there but God dimmed his eyes and blocked his hearing so that he could not participate in the miracle. This is why the established leaders of the day may sometimes tell you that God did not speak to you.  God called Samuel twice before Eli recognized what was happening. He told Samuel to respond by saying, ” Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth.”  This is the picture of a man who had heard God speak before and knew exactly what was happening to Samuel. This is indeed a terrible state to be in.

Look at the most amazing thing that happened. I had never seen it until the Lord opened my eyes –  The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” (1 Sam 3: 10).  The Lord, maybe one or all of the God family, appeared to Samuel in person!  Wow! Was he scared?

Would you like the Lord to visit you in that manner? Have  a blessed day!