Bible Reading for MAR20: I Samuel 1-3

MARCH 20

The events in today’s chapters center around three persons–
Hannah, Eli, and Samuel. God’s sovereign working is seen in the
birth of Samuel, for his mother, Hannah, was barren. Hannah prayed
that God would give her a son, and even before she had conceived she
consecrated him to the Lord. God answered Hannah’s prayer and Samuel
was born. The name Samuel (which means “requested of God”) was given
to the child as a token of the Lord’s faithfulness in answering
Hannah’s prayer. Samuel was weaned and presented to Eli, the priest,
at the central shrine at Shiloh.

The call of Samuel is covered in chapter 3. Tradition states
that Samuel was about twelve years old at this time. He had grown up
in the presence of the Lord and learned to serve in His Tabernacle,
yet he did not have a personal experience with the Lord. How
important it is for those who are raised in Christian homes to make
their own personal decisions for Christ! Samuel had filled the
lampstand with oil; it was close to daybreak and the lamp was about
to go out. Samuel was sleeping and the Lord called him. He first
thought that blind Eli needed his help, so he ran to him. Verse 10
records Samuel’s conversion. He said, “Speak, for thy servant
heareth.”

This event was a turning point in history. Up to now, God
had not spoken to the people in frequent or widespread (open)
visions. But now everyone knew that Samuel was God’s prophet and
that the Lord was with him. The Lord was now able to appear once
again because there was a man whom He could trust. Certainly God
could do more for His people even today if He could find a devoted
man willing to be His servant!

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