The Bible continues to fascinate me.
I’ve familiar with the story of Samuel, and I’ve read it many times before, and yet on this particular run-through I paused on 1 Samuel 3, when the young Samuel has his first encounter with the Lord. And the enormity of his experience, and the implications of it, gave me pause.
Samuel had been dedicated to the temple and to the service of the priest Eli by his mother, Hannah, and the Bible says in this chapter that he “ministered before the Lord” (3:1). The priest Eli is essentially his father and his supervisor; Samuel has lived and served at the temple since he was very small, with periodic visits from his mother.
On this particular night, Samuel is going to sleep when something unexpected occurs:
Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.”And he ran to Eli and said, “Here…
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