The Lord Calls Samuel

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“Samuel, Samuel!” The Lord calling to Samuel pictures the way the Lord calls to all of us in His Word. It took Samuel awhile to realize that it was the Lord calling him rather than Eli, the high priest. Then he replied, “Speak, for Your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:10). How can we be ready to hear what the Lord wants to tell us?

The Story

Read about the Lord calling Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1-10.

Sharing this story with young children:

  • You may want to let children dramatize this story as you read it a second time.
  • Then briefly retell the rest of the story—what the Lord told Samuel and that he listened to the Lord.

Ideas for discussion

  1. The Lord called Samuel when he was a young boy helping Eli, the priest, in the tabernacle.
  2. How many times did the Lord call Samuel during the night? (three times)
  3. Who did Samuel think was calling to him? (Eli the high priest)
  4. How did Samuel answer the Lord the third time? (“Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.”)
  5. The Lord doesn’t call to us as He did with Samuel, but He does speak to us in His Word. By means of the Word, the Lord teaches us how to follow Him and offers us spiritual light.
  6. We can “hear” the Lord’s Word when it is read aloud or figuratively, when we read the Word for ourselves and “hear” the Lord speaking to us. Many passages in the Word speak of hearing the Word of the Lord. Here are a few:
  • “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live” (Isaiah 55:3)
  • “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 11:15).
  • “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28).
  1. To really hear the Word implies obeying it as well.  The Lord wants us to willingly obey Him because this will bring us true happiness.
  2. If we respond to His call by trying to serve Him in our life, then He can help us understand the teachings of His Word more and more clearly. The more we grow in this understanding, the more we will be able to see the Lord’s living presence in His Word.
  3. “It is through the Word that the Lord is present with a person and conjoined with him, for the Lord is the Word, and as it were speaks with the person in it” (Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 78).

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