Thus far in 1 Samuel, Samuel has hung around in the background growing up. That’s about to change in this chapter.
“The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” – 1 Samuel 3:1
No shit! God not appearing to the people? Go figure!!! Of course this contradicts the prior chapter when God was pissed and stepped in when Eli’s sons had sex with multiple women.
“Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.” – 1 Samuel 3:7
God was all over the place in the previous chapter so I refuse to believe Samuel has no concept of a God. Not given Eli’s insistence on following God’s laws.
“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.’’” – 1 Samuel 3:11-15
Eli’s family is fucked for all of eternity! God is so pissed off at Eli’s sons that Eli’s descendants from now until the end of time will suffer at the hands of God. See the justice and righteousness of God? Me neither.
“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.” – 1 Samuel 3:19-21
And thus begins the real story of Samuel. Samuel is chosen by God even though the rest of his family is punished forever. The following chapters will inform us how this plays out.
Coming Soon: 1 Samuel – Chapter 4: The Philistines Capture the Ark