In Chapter 3 we learn of the call of Samuel; he enters the chapter a boy and exits a prophet. The opening narration sets the stage for this activity by repeated images of the decreased light – the rarity of God speaking in those days, no frequent vision (v. 1), Eli's diminution of eyesight, not being able to see (v. 2). Verse 3 leaves us with a glimmer of light, telling us that the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.
Though this was a season in Israel where "the word of the Lord was rare," God speaks when He chooses to. Israel needed the light of a prophet amid their darkness; so, three times God spoke from the blackness of night; and three times Samuel heard a voice while failing to discern its origin. When the Lord called Samuel a fourth time, he was prepared with an answer given to him by Eli the priest: "Speak, for your servant hears" (3:10). God's call is effectual – His Word is always heard by His sheep (John 10:27-28) and accomplishes His purpose (Isaiah 55:11).
Samuel's first assignment was a difficult one, as God spoke a prophecy of judgment on Eli, his mentor (3:11-14). Though uneasy to share it immediately, Samuel humbly, carefully, and faithfully proclaims the prophecy to Eli (3:15-18). Samuel's office and gifting are confirmed by the people of God and his ministry would overshadow the wickedness of Hophni and Phinehas (3:19-21). In Samuel, the sun would begin to rise in God's kingdom.
This story is replete with application for the church. May God call, gift, and raise up prophets who will faithfully preach Christ, the light of the world, amid a hostile and dark world.
The professing church bears God's name, but where it actually departs from him, there he brings judgement, not to utterly destroy, but that a remnant may be brought to repentance. Ezekiel 6 is a warning to the worldly church in our age to turn back to God.
An overview of Robert Murray McCheyne's life of communion with God. A student of Thomas Chalmers , he taught McCheyne 4 key things of importance in relation to holiness. 1st - Seeking approval of God as first principle. 2nd - Never be satisfied with growth in holiness. 3rd - Giving themselves to their true work. And 4 - A direct dealing with men concerning their salvation. It was living according to these principles which made McCheyne a godly man as a minister.
What transformations will come, in the great work of the Lord? Isaiah 29:15–24 prepares us for the first serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these ten verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that in the great work of the Lord, His transformation of the creation will correspond to His transformation of His people.
From Hearts Aflame to Heart Adrift
2 Chronicles 29-33
I. Hezekiah's Revivals: Igniting the Flames of Faith
II. Manasseh's Spiritual Departure: A Tragic Turn
III. Pilgrims' Religious Fervor: Foundations of Faith
IV. The Second-Generation Pilgrim's Faltering Faith
V. America's First Great Awakening
Because God has proven time and again to be full of mercy for those who look to Him, we must pray and ask Him to renew us spiritually, turning our hearts back to Him and reviving our faith by giving His gracious presence among us.
I. When Spiritual Life Fades, Go back and remember God's God's rich Mercy in Times Past vv 1-3
II. In Our Spiritual Need, We must pray and seek God to restore us for His Glory vv 4-7
III. Knowing God's Faithfulness, We pray in Anticipation that He will Keep His Promises! vv 8-13
On today's Contending for the Word show, Dave is joined by Dawn Hill and together they consider the Domino Revival movie, what biblical verses false revival is with examples from church history, what biblical repentance is and isn't, biblical unity, the work of the Holy Spirit, among other topics on this new Contending for the Word show.
What you'll hear in this episode
• What genuine Christian unity is and what it means.
• The importance of the sufficiency of Scripture and the sufficiency of Christ.
• The danger of modern-day deliverance ministry and its ministry.
• What real biblical repentance is, what false repentance is, and why it matters.
• The work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian and the Church.
• The marks of biblical revival from Scripture and church history.
Thank you for listening or watching this episode of Contending for the Word.
Do you know God's voice? Many people are trying to pull us in different directions, away from the one true voice. All creation recognizes the voice of the savior. We must 'be still, and know that I am God' if we are to hear. Then, we must follow the voice of God at all times.