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Samuel: Servant of God

Key Verses:

1 Samuel 3:19-20 (NIV)19The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. 20And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord.

Fast Facts:

1.       His name means “name of God”

2.       He was born in answer to prayer and dedicated to the Lord’s service (1 Samuel 1:11).

3.       He ministered before the Lord at a very early age and was instructed by Eli the priest in the various duties of the priesthood (1 Samuel 2:11).

4.       God spoke to Samuel and called him to be a priest and prophet in Israel (1 Samuel 3:1-20).

5.       He became a circuit judge over Israel (1 Samuel 7:15-17).

6.       He led the nation of Israel in repentance and revival (1 Samuel 7:3-4).

7.       He never took dishonest gain or cheated anyone (1 Samuel 12:1-6).

8.       His sons did not follow his ways but turned aside after dishonest gain (1 Samuel 8:1).

9.       He was rejected in favor of a king by the elders of Israel (1 Samuel 8).

10.   He anointed two kings over Israel, both Saul (1 Samuel 10:1) and David (1 Samuel 16:12-13).

11.   The nation of Israel mourned his passing and buried him in Israel (1 Samuel 25:1).

12.   He was summoned from the dead by the witch at Endor at the request of Saul and prophesied the death of Saul and his sons in battle (1 Samuel 28).

Life Lessons:

1.       The spiritual impact we have is directly related to our relationship with God.

2.       Children are not exempt from serving God.

3.       Integrity and leadership go hand in hand.

4.       Children do not necessarily follow the spiritual example set by their parents.

Application:

1.       Listen and follow the voice of God.

2.       Never underestimate God’s ability to use a child.

3.       Keep your integrity intact.

4.       Do not neglect your children in the service of God.

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