Samuel: Hearing God's voice
1 Samuel 3
How important is hearing God’s voice - God’s rights to speak?
1. The absence of God’s voice signals the presence of God’s judgement (2:27-3:1; 4:21-22).
“The lamp of God had not yet gone out”
Symbol to Israel to keep the lights on! (Ex. 27:4; Num. 6:25; Ps 27:1)
2. Hearing God’s voice is a gift of knowing the Lord (3:7).
Hearing requires knowing; knowing involves hearing.
“My sheep listen to my voice” (Jn 10:27)
God reveals himself through is word; through relationship he is revealed.
His claim on our lives comes to us through his word.
3. Everything moves forward from God’s voice - it is true and certain (3:11-14,19).
None of his words fall to the ground - what God has to say will never fail to accomplish his purpose (Is 40:8; Lk 21:33).
4. We are transformed by the power of God in his words (3:15-21).
Those who hear should stand out noticeably.
Those who welcome (obey) the voice of God will hear from him regularly.
We, as a culture, are so concerned about what our rights are; but what are God's rights?