Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
The past few weeks in The Story we have been following the time of the Judges, watching the Israelites repeat a cycle of mistakes, saved only when God raised up a Judge to lead the people out of the consequences of their rebelliousness. This weekend we picked up the story about 300 years after the time of the Judges with a boy named Samuel.
Samuel came into picture largely due to his mother, Hannah, who promised that she would give her son’s life to God in return for God giving her a son. As a result, Hannah became pregnant and dedicated Samuel to the Temple in which he was raised by the prophet Eli. Years later, God called Samuel to replace Eli as a prophet, to which Samuel simply replied, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” What a response!
Unfortunately, the Israelites still weren’t happy, grumbling and complaining to Samuel that they didn’t have a king like the other nations. God relented to their desire and gave them a king, Saul, who eventually was overcome by his own pride, being replaced by a boy who started out as a lowly shepherd.
God called both Samuel and Saul and they both had drastically different responses. The question is, what is God calling you to do? Even more importantly, how will you respond?
Verses and quotes from the message:
1 Samuel 1:10-17; 1 Samuel 3:10-11; 1 Samuel 3:19; 1 Samuel 8:4-7; 1 Samuel 9:2; 1 Samuel 10:22; 1 Samuel 13:13-14; Matthew 26:39
Big idea: Those who embrace God’s call experience His story
Alive – Hillsong
My Heart is Yours – Kristian Stanfill
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman
Because He Lives – Bill Gaither