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Samuel

Human Relations Day – Are God’s Servants Listening

1 Samuel 3:1-10

The Lord Calls Samuel

The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.

One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.

Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and 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 and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-14

1 You have searched me, Lord    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;     you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;     you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue     you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,     and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,     too lofty for me to attain.

13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;     your works are wonderful,     I know that full well.