Spiritual Training 1 Samuel 3:10-21

Posted: January 7, 2017 in 1 Sameul, Uncategorized
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Under Gods Command

The Lord Calls Samuel

   1 Samuel 3:10-21 10The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

     Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

     11And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. 14Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ”

     15Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the LORD. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, 16but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.”     Samuel answered, “Here I am.”  17“What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hider it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.” 18So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes.”

     19The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. 20And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD. 21The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word. 

Eli had spent his entire life in service to God. His responsibility was to oversee all the worship in Israel. But in pursuing this great mission he neglected the responsibilities in his own home.

Atoned for means “forgiven.” God was saying that the sin of Eli’s sons could not be covered by sacrifice and that they would be punished.

Lets Bring it Home: Don’t let your desire to do God’s work cause you to neglect your family. If you do, your mission may degenerate into a quest for personal importance, and your family will suffer the consequences of your neglect.

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