Sermon Notes - 09/12/21

Hope listens
1 Samuel 3:1-4:1a

The boy Samuel served the Lord in Eli’s presence. In those days the word of the Lord was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread.
One day Eli, whose eyesight was failing, was lying in his usual place. Before the lamp of God had gone out, Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was located.
Then the Lord called Samuel, and he answered, “Here I am.” He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“I didn’t call,” Eli replied. “Go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
Once again the Lord called, “Samuel!”
Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“I didn’t call, my son,” he replied. “Go back and lie down.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, because the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. Once again, for the third time, the Lord called Samuel. He got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli understood that the Lord was calling the boy. He told Samuel, “Go and lie down. If he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 The Lord came, stood there, and called as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel responded, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
   - 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (CSB)
1 Samuel 3:1
1 Samuel 3:21-4:1a
“I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.” - Joel 2:28
“It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment…” - Jesus, John 16:7-8
Recognizing “The Voice”
1 Samuel 3:7
“I ended my first book with the words no answer. I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer.” – Till We Have Faces, 351
“I had heard reports about you, but now my eyes have seen you.” – Job 42:5



Resources To Take You Further:
Overview video of 1 Samuel
Lewis, Till We Have Faces (1956).
Smith, How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014). 
Waltke, Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion? (1995).
Next Week's Passage: 1 Samuel 4:1b- 7:1