Friday, April 8, 2016

The Word!!

Readings for the Day
1 Samuel 3-5, Psalm 77, 2 Coeinthians 8

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

As young Samuel grew up in the temple with Eli the priest, three times The Lord called to him, but each time he thought it was Eli. The scripture says that he didn't know it was The Lord because, "The Word of The Lord had not been revealed to him yet" By the third time Eli knew it was The Lord who was calling Samuel. So he told Samuel, "go down and lie down and if he calls you again say, "Speak for your servant is listening."

And we see that since God was with Samuel, none of his words fall to the ground. The difference, God was now speaking through Samuel. This is what we call a "prophet", someone who speaks the Word of The Lord. As people heard this Word they knew he was a true prophet. And the passage above ends by saying that The Lord continued to meet with Samuel and revealed himself through His word.

Notice the first time Samuel hears God word, it is a prophesy against Eli and a punishment for allowing his two sons to offer an unholy sacrifice before The Lord. Samuel was reluctant to tell Eli the nature of the Word, but Eli urges him to not hold back. This is the first test that Samuel would be faithful to the Word God had revealed to him despite the consequences of that Word. And he was faithful. This is the calling of a true prophet.

There are are two really important applications in the text today. First is the revelation of God's Word in our lives. Samuel did not yet know The Lord because His Word had not been revealed to him. Second, when Samuel does realize it is the Word of The Lord he says, "Speak for your servant is listening." Finally, we see once Samuel receives God's Word he is faithful to give the message God has revealed to Him.

We know that the Word is Jesus Christ, revealed to us when he became one of us. As we listen to the Word of Christ, we can know God as Samuel did. The bible is a faithful revelation of God's Word and is centered on His sending His one and only Son that whoever would believe in Him would have eternal life.

The Word of God is not a dead letter, it is living and active always doing God's work. In Hebrews 4 the writer says, "The Word of God is living and active sharper than a double edged sword separating soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."

The question for us today is will we respond like young Samuel by saying, "Speak Lord for your servant is listening." Since we have been given the Holy Spirit, the Spirit takes the Word and guides us into all truth. But the key thing in all of this, once the Word has been reveled to us, will we be faithful to do all it has said? As we do the bible promises us that we will have abundant life, and God's Word will be revealed in us to draw others to Him!

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