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129) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 1: 12-14


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- When Hannah speaks to God, she is sincere, it comes from her heart and she opens it to him!


- She doesn’t say anything in a hurry or mechanically!


- And Eli thinks she is drunk!


- That’s strange because he is old!


- So he must have seen many people praying!


- Judging by appearance is not good: it only leads to misunderstanding!
 

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130) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 1:15,16


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- One word to summarize: HUMILITY!


- Samuel will have a really good mother!


- And she defends herself in front of Eli!


- When she speaks about her great anguish and distress, even if there is no comparison, it reminds me of Job expressing his great anguish and distress to God!
 

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132) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 1:24-28


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- Hannah fulfills her promise by bringing Samuel to the house of God in due time!


- It was a good start for Samuel!


- As a matter of fact, Samuel is going to be faithful to God all his life!
 

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134) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 3:1


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Hebrew

And the boy
וְהַנַּ֧עַר (wə·han·na·‘ar)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer

Samuel
שְׁמוּאֵ֛ל (šə·mū·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8050: Samuel -- 'name of God', a prophet of Israel

ministered
מְשָׁרֵ֥ת (mə·šā·rêṯ)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 8334: To attend as a, menial, worshipper, to contribute to

to
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Direct object marker
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

the LORD
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

before
לִפְנֵ֣י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

Eli.
עֵלִ֑י (‘ê·lî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 5941: Eli -- a priest at Shiloh

Now in those
הָהֵ֔ם (hā·hêm)
Article | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They

days
בַּיָּמִ֣ים (bay·yā·mîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3117: A day

the word
וּדְבַר־ (ū·ḏə·ḇar-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

of the LORD
יְהוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

was
הָיָ֤ה (hā·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

rare
יָקָר֙ (yā·qār)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 3368: Precious, rare, splendid, weighty

and visions
חָז֖וֹן (ḥā·zō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2377: A sight, a dream, revelation, oracle

were
אֵ֥ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

scarce.
נִפְרָֽץ׃ (nip̄·rāṣ)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 6555: To break through


- Thus Samuel’s arrival is a good one or comes at the appropriate time!


- The situation in Israel is too bad so God is absent!


- Samuel will be required to put a new start in Israel to improve the situation in a certain way!


- But he will also have to deal with such a bad situation!
 

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135) Looking for Samuel




1 Samuel 3:2-9


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- Here we have something exceptional!


- Samuel is sent to the House of God to serve him and this when he has just been weaned!


- In fact, he doesn’t know anything about God!


- But God will lead his path from the beginning!


- And he gets directly in contact with him from the beginning!


- What an incredible experience!


- Thus he will be taught directly by God from the beginning!
 

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136) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 3:10-14




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- Imagine the situation: God speaks directly with Samuel who is just a boy!


- We can imagine that he will remember this event during his whole life!


- Something impossible to forget!


- And he tells him personally about his judgment on the house of Eli that is Eli and his sons!


- And he can see how Eli’s sons behave!


- And he can see that Eli doesn’t do anything!


- And he can see that God is patient!


- But when the appropriate time comes, he acts!


- And there is no way to escape!


- Does it remind you something about Israel!


- Do you really understand what it means for the human society!


- And here we can see that God says that Eli’s sons ARE CURSING GOD!


- AND WHEN YOU CURSE GOD YOU CAN’T ESCAPE!
 

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137) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 3:15


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Hebrew

Samuel
שְׁמוּאֵל֙ (šə·mū·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8050: Samuel -- 'name of God', a prophet of Israel

lay down
וַיִּשְׁכַּ֤ב (way·yiš·kaḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7901: To lie down

until
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

the morning;
הַבֹּ֔קֶר (hab·bō·qer)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1242: Dawn, morning

then he opened
וַיִּפְתַּ֖ח (way·yip̄·taḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

the doors
דַּלְת֣וֹת (dal·ṯō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 1817: Something swinging, the valve of a, door

of the LORD’s
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

house.
בֵּית־ (bêṯ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

He
וּשְׁמוּאֵ֣ל (ū·šə·mū·’êl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8050: Samuel -- 'name of God', a prophet of Israel

was afraid
יָרֵ֔א (yā·rê)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

to tell
מֵהַגִּ֥יד (mê·hag·gîḏ)
Preposition-m | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

Eli
עֵלִֽי׃ (‘ê·lî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 5941: Eli -- a priest at Shiloh

the vision,
הַמַּרְאָ֖ה (ham·mar·’āh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4759: A vision, a mirror


- That’s definitely interesting!

- Samuel perfectly understands God’s message!


- He knows it is a condemnation against Eli and his sons!


- But above all against Eli!


- And Eli is like a father to Samuel!


- And he is the one who teaches him about God’s service!
 

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138) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 3: 16,17


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Hebrew

but Eli
עֵלִי֙ (‘ê·lî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 5941: Eli -- a priest at Shiloh

called
וַיִּקְרָ֤א (way·yiq·rā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7121: To call, proclaim, read

to him
שְׁמוּאֵ֔ל (šə·mū·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8050: Samuel -- 'name of God', a prophet of Israel

and said,
וַיֹּ֖אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Samuel,
שְׁמוּאֵ֣ל (šə·mū·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8050: Samuel -- 'name of God', a prophet of Israel

my son.”
בְּנִ֑י (bə·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1121: A son

“Here I am,”
הִנֵּֽנִי׃ (hin·nê·nî)
Interjection | first person common singular
Strong's 2005: Lo! behold!

answered Samuel.
וַיֹּ֖אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say



Hebrew

“What
מָ֤ה (māh)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

was the message
הַדָּבָר֙ (had·dā·ḇār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

He gave you?”
דִּבֶּ֣ר (dib·ber)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

Eli asked.
וַיֹּ֗אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

hide
תְכַחֵ֖ד (ṯə·ḵa·ḥêḏ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3582: To secrete, by act, word, to destroy

it from me.
מִמֶּ֑נִּי (mim·men·nî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

May God
אֱלֹהִים֙ (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

punish
כֹּ֣ה (kōh)
Adverb
Strong's 3541: Like this, thus, here, now

you,
לְּךָ֤ (lə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

and ever so
וְכֹ֣ה (wə·ḵōh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 3541: Like this, thus, here, now

severely,
יוֹסִ֔יף (yō·w·sîp̄)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3254: To add, augment

if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you hide
תְּכַחֵ֤ד (tə·ḵa·ḥêḏ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3582: To secrete, by act, word, to destroy

from me
מִמֶּ֙נִּי֙ (mim·men·nî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

anything
דָּבָ֔ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

He said
דִּבֶּ֥ר (dib·ber)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue



to you.”
אֵלֶֽיךָ׃ (’ê·le·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to


- Once again it is really interesting!


- God hasn’t spoken to anyone in Israel for a long time!

- And now he speaks to a child!


- Eli knows what Samuel is going to tell him!


- Because he knows he is wrong!


- Do you remember Job: he knew he was right!


- Do you understand the similitude?


- So he warns Samuel!


- He wants to know each word!


- Because each word is important!


- Do you see the difference between God’s word and man’s tradition?


- Do you understand why they oppose?


- Do you understand that if you follow one you reject the other?


- You can’t serve two masters!


- You must choose one!
 

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139) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 3:18

- So Samuel tells him everything without hiding anything from him.


- Thus Eli knows definitely each word from God’s message!


- He knows it is too late to change the situation!


- He knows he is going to die!


- And he knows his sons are going to die!


- He knows he is too weak!


- And he knows he is going to pay the price!


- He has no excuse!


- May we listen to this message from God!
 

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140) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 3: 19-21


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- Eli’s house is going down!


- Samuel is going up!


- The differences are too big!


- God has made his choice and no one else!


- Remember that God has made his choice and no one else!


- And the religious leaders are not the one who decide!


- God’s word vs man’s tradition!


- On the one hand, it is too powerful, on the other hand it is too weak!


- But people like man’s tradition!


- But it won’t help!


- No chance!


- Remember the story of the Israelites, they had everything, they lose everything!


- Then it’s written, nothing can be changed!
 

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141) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 4:1-11


- The Israelites are beaten twice by the Philistines!


- But they don’t know why!


- 30,000 soldiers are killed!


- And the Philistines capture the Ark of God!


- And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phineas die!


- As a matter of fact, something is wrong!


- Because the Israelites lose twice, the Ark is captured and the two sons of Eli die!


- And bringing the Ark hasn’t changed anything!


- And who died? The two sons of Eli!


- And the price is high because many Israelites lose their lives!


- Is that God’s people?


- Are you serious?


- Come on!
 

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142) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 4:12-18


- Eli is 98!


- He is told about the defeat of Israel!


- He is also told about the death of his sons!


- And that the Ark of God has been captured!


- Then he falls backward and breaks his neck and dies!


- After the two sons of Eli, Eli dies too!


- Think about the fact that he has been judging Israel for 40 years!

- And what happened at the end: he let his two sons behave badly in front of God!


- He didn't do anything against them!


- He was too weak!


- That’s why we must be careful not to take the wrong way!


- Pride doesn’t help!


- It only brings disappointment!


- And when it’s too late, it’s too late!


- We can cry as much as we want!


- But if we don’t act when it is time, then forget it!


- God warned Israel repeatedly and they never listened!


- They paid the price!


- End of the story!
 

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143) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 5


- The philistines capture the Ark of God!


- They take it with them into the house of Dagon!


- But every morning they find their god facedown!


- Then they move the Ark into other cities but each time they get into trouble!


- So they decide to give it back to the Israelites.




- So in time, as usual, the Israelites are struck by God because they don’t behave properly!


- But then it’s up to the Philistines!


- Nobody can go against God!


- For a certain time, he may wait, and sometimes it takes a lot of time according to human time but according to God’s time it’s nothing!


- It is always more difficult for us to wait because we don’t live long!


- And it is easier for men to look with man’s eyes rather than with God’s eyes!


- But thus we are always going to be wrong!


- The Israelites did, time passed and then they were destroyed!


- Do you think it is going to be better when God strikes human society in the near future?


- Remember the Israelites!


- Remember their false prophets!


- They were destroyed and their religious leaders and false prophets couldn’t do anything!


- And history will repeat again and again!
 

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144) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 6


- So the Philistines get into trouble because they take God’s Ark in their cities!


- Interestingly they ask their priests and diviners how they must return it!


- And they do exactly how they tell them!


- Now the Israelites rejoice when they see the Ark back!


- But they shouldn’t have looked at it!


- So God strikes them and many men die!


- Once again, we see the difference between man’s tradition and God’s word!


- Men usually do as they please!


- But with God it doesn’t work!


- What do you think will happen when he cleanses human society to establish his kingdom?
 

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145) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 7


- After 20 years the Ark comes to the city of Kiriath-jearim and the house of Israel begins to seek after God!


- And the Israelites take away all the foreign gods they have!


- Then Samuel prays for the Israelites!


- And he begins serving as judge over the Israelites!

- There is a war between the Philistines and the Israelites ask for help from God!


- So Samuel makes an offering and asks God for help and God answers him!


- And he sends thunder against the philistines and he throws them into confusion and Israel defeats them!


- And the Israelites pursue them and kill many!


- And Israel recovers its cities and the territory taken by the Philistines!


- And Samuel keeps judging Israel, traveling once a year through the country to do his job and returning to his house in Ramah where he also judges Israel.


- So most of the time Israel opposes God and when they are in a bad situation they call for him!


- That’s a strange way to be a special people!


- They have been struck so many times!


- Fortunately, Samuel is their judge and he follows God and he has a good relationship with him!


- And God listens to him!


- Thus all the time it is a relationship between God and one of his faithful servants!


- Without such a relationship between GOD and ONE MAN, they would have been rejected all at once!
 

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146) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 8

When Samuel is old, he appoints his sons as judges for Israel. But they are corrupted and they pervert justice. So because of such a situation the Israelites want a king. But it displeases Samuel who prays to God to know what to do. And God tells Samuel to do as they want but it means once again they have rejected him but it is the very nature of Israel to constantly reject God and serve other gods and they started doing it right at the beginning when they left Egypt. But the Israelites are warned because the king will ask for their sons for his army and Israel will work for the king. And he will take the best of what they have. And they will become his servants. And they will cry out But God will not answer them. But as usual, the people don’t listen to Samuel. And they want to become like the other nations.


- End of the story!


- The Israelites will become a nation like the other nations!


- They will have to pay a high price for that!


- Because a human king won’t behave like God!


- And God warns them!


- But they never listen!


- What a chosen people!


- What a stupid people!


- They could have had everything and they lost everything!


- Is it possible to be more stupid!


- But the majority of humanity has been doing the same!
 

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147) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 9

Saul belongs to a wealthy family, he is the most handsome man and the tallest in Israel. He meets Samuel who must anoint him as king over Israel. But before that, Samuel invites Saul to eat with him.


- God chooses Saul as king over Israel!


- He is rich, the most handsome and the tallest!


- Everything according to human standards!


- But not according to God’s standards!


- He is supposed to free the Israelites from the Philistines!


- But he will make the wrong choices and will oppose God!


- He will pay the price for it and so the Israelites!


- They will be defeated by the Philistines!


- Power corrupts man!


- It is true with religion, politics and trade!
 

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148) Looking for Samuel


1 Samuel 10

Samuel anoints Saul as king of Israel and tells him where to go and what to do and he will receive God’s spirit and will prophesy and become another person. Then they will meet again and Samuel will make a sacrifice and he will tell him what to do next.


- Samuel tells Saul what to do!


- Everything is well organized!


- Of course because it comes from God!


- Nothing is left to chance!
 
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