1 Samuel 3—4
At last, God found someone who will listen! The story of Samuel’s call and first prophecy is one mixed with as much charm and purity as it is with expressions of dire consequences to Eli and his family. Eli was a priest set aside to listen, but he refused. He was deaf to the warning about his sons who likely started out simply as spoiled children, but wound up in brazen wickedness.
So careful was Samuel to listen to God that no word of God fell worthless to the ground. In their own way, Samuel’s words were as the sparrow of last Sunday’s Gospel that does not fall to the ground apart from God’s will.
Let your words flow carefully from your mouth, so that none of them will be worthless—or those you wish you had recalled!
What are these?
Here I am, for You called me 3:5
Speak, Lord, your servant listens. 3:10
My words not fall to the ground 4:19
Ark of Covenant within 4:5
This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”
Today’s image: “Samuel Reading to Eli the Judgments of God Upon Eli’s House”
by John Singleton Copley (finished in 1780) hangs in Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT.
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