Week of July 24 - Day 5

Read: 1 Samuel 3:19-20

19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the Lord.

Reflect: How does God confirm Samuel as his choice to be His spokesman to the people?

Consider: This section depicts Samuel’s transformation from naʿar (“boy,” 3:1) to nābîʾ (“prophet,” 3:20), from being a juvenile ignorant of the Lord to one who functioned as the Lord’s impeccable and revered spokesman. With this event the child Samuel, the first named male prophet since Moses, begins his career as a prophet who will be like Moses (cf. Deut 18:15–19). In it all the Lord once again demonstrated his propensity for confounding human systems, bypassing the exalted in favor of the humble.5

Respond: What’s your next step of surrender today? Are there any practices you need to start? Is there anything from your life that you need to remove?

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