You like a good story? This is REMARKABLE. Samuel being called by the Lord.
When the scriptures talk about ears tingling, it’s remarkable. The Word of God tingles ears like the dust particles making your ears get up to dance. Remember that the Word of the Lord is imprinted into local lingo as Jesus Himself speaking. Jesus fully God is God’s Word, achieving all the Work of the Lord in Word. All Love is Lingering as the Lord Let’s it Live.
Samuel is called before he even knows the Lord is speaking. He is young and a fresh voice to the nation of Israel but yes even Samuel must be taught Who the Lord is – even if he hears Him. He who hears must also understand. Imagine the pure Spirit of a little boy devoted to the Lord because he is the gift from the Lord for that purpose. Imagine Jesus said: have the children come to me, because He IS the one who knows them best, created them, loves them. KNOW Jesus ALSO calls us His children. He takes our dust like mud to joyfully create into life. He then names and calls us. Imagine the conversations the Lord had with him – KNOW the conversations the Lord wants to have with us.
Samuel was chosen by God for God, chosen to talk to His people. A prophet. The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.
What falls to the ground? Dust. What doesn’t fall to the ground without returning to God? God’s Word. God creates and captivates us by tingling our ears. They are not ears on our heads as decoration or to be chopped off to fall to the ground. God needs to tingle them AND our hearts. The Lord Himself must reveal Himself. The dust must muster motion, make more sense as speech and be HEARD.
In us, you and me, we can be realizing that “the Lord came and STOOD THERE”, just as He stood there for Samuel. We can realize Jesus was present in Spirit ALWAYS so Jesus God Spirit Himself STOOD by Samuel. Jesus God Spirit, Spirit Jesus God, God Jesus Spirit, every iteration ALL stood there TOGETHER. Infinitely Wise. All in All. We know in part, God is ALL.
What a great story of Samuel hearing then knowing. This means we have opportunity to hear God too. We don’t have to finish the race before we hear the cheering. The voice of the Word wants to be heard.
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.
The Lord came AND STOOD THERE, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”
Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.” Samuel answered, “Here I am.”
“What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.” So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.”
The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a PROPHET OF THE LORD. The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there HE REVEALED HIMSELF TO SAMUEL THROUGH HIS WORD.
And Samuel’s word came to all Israel.