Samuel! Samuel! When God Calls Twice

Did you know that there are Only 8 Times in the bible when God speaks to someone and to get their attention calls their name out twice.

Genesis 22:11-12 NKJV
11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” 12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

Genesis 46:2-3    Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” And he said, “Here I am.” 3 So He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.

Exodus 3:3-5    Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” 4 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Luke 10:40-41    But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 22:31    And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

Acts 9:3-5     As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

One member of the Trinity calls out to another. As Jesus suffers on the cross, he cries out the iconic words. He’s quoting Psalm 22 to his Father just a little while before he breathes his last breath.

Matthew 27:46     And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

1 Samuel 3:10-13    Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” 11 Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them.

The Ark of God Is Captured

1 Samuel 4:1-5     And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines, and encamped beside Ebenezer; and the Philistines encamped in Aphek. 2 Then the Philistines put themselves in battle array against Israel. And when they joined battle, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men of the army in the field. 3 And when the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies.” 4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from there the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, who dwells between the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. 5 And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook.

10 So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent. There was a very great slaughter, and there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. 11 Also the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

In 1 Samuel 2:27-36 an unnamed man of God came and prophesied to Eli and said the confirmation of the prophecy would be the death of his 2 sons in one day. Then some time later, apparently after Eli still didn’t do what he had to do to correct the sins of his sons, God calls out “Samuel, Samuel” to give him his very 1st prophecy in 1 Samuel 3:10-14. Then in verse 19 it says, 19 So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.

God allowed “the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, who dwells between the cherubim” to be taken captive to make a point that Israel didn’t get that time and even again 2 more times when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, Twice.

The point is that Israel, nor us can “use God or the anointed things of God” as a “Good Luck Charm.” Another important point God is making is, “Faith in Faith” is NOT the Faith of God.

There are many ministries that have built empires on the doctrine of “Faith” that in some circles is known as “Name It and Claim It.” If you can only have “Faith” to believe God for something, it’s as good as in your hands.

John Calvin said, “We are saved through faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.” God is in it!” Surely that is what Paul tells us in that great passage. “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live. Yet not I, but Christ, He liveth in me. And the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the”–faith of Paul? Oh, no! That wouldn’t get him very far. “I live by the faith of the Son of God!” The faith of God.

Let’s look at the “Faith” Israel had in the Ark of the Covenant and that if the presence of God were with them “physically” in the battle that it would bring them the victory. Their “Faith” was SO GREAT that is says, all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook.” Their main problem was God wasn’t in their “Faith” because walking in disobedience to the known will of God shows lack of Faith in what God says will happen for obedience and for disobedient behavior.

Not that the bible needs evidence to be believed or proven, a strange piece of evidence was discovered in a grain silo in the foothills of Israel. The site was in Eben Ezer (“Stone of Help”), the place where the Israelites camped during their fatal battle with the Philistines. They actually lost 2 battles, the 2nd was a much worst defeat 30,000 men and the Ark of God.  It was a piece of broken pottery about the size of a mans hand with some writing on it. The letters are written crudely and it’s explained that perhaps someone was learning to write and this was their text. The 5th line has 22 letters, the number of letters in the Hebrew language.


Ostracon Writing

According to the amazing analysis suggested by William Shea (1990), the first four lines describe the event of the loss of the ark of Covenant to the Philistines, its journey and return – as told on 1 Samuel 4-6.

The first line tells of the advance of a group of people (probably Israelites) from Shiloh to a field at Aphek. The second line identifies another group, the Kittim (Philistines), who took an object (the ark?) to a series of three sites (Azor, Ashdod and Gath). The third line identifies another place where the object was returned to (Kiryat Jearim) . The forth line describes the course of the battle, when the priest Hophni returns to report on the lost of the Ark and his brother (Phinehas). It does line up with the account from 1 Samuel 4, 5 & 6.

So what did their “Great Earth Shaking Faith” get them, NOTHING because God Wasn’t in it.

Tonight for Wednesday night service Bishop Drew touched on faith in the Ten Commandments and the fact that 9 out of 10 are “negative,” saying “thou shall not..” His point was if we disregard God’s commands “IS That Faith” in God? NO!!!

Just a couple days ago I was thinking of what got us in our whole mess of trouble and kicked out of the Garden of Eden, “Don’t Eat of That Tree.” Just don’t eat that one fruit. You can have ALL The Rest, just don’t eat that one. It wasn’t the value of the fruit that got Adam and Eve in trouble. It was devaluing what God said NOT To Do!!!

Have you ever considered how many people God used mightily in the Bible and through one act (some had more) of not doing what God said to do, the way He said to do it, were put on the shelf or died premature deaths.

I won’t go through the long list of those that failed in their walk with God, there’s too many to list and explain. But as to my title, “Samuel, Samuel,” he was a man of God throughout his life and was used by God mightily until the end and even after his death his bones had resurrection power.

There aren’t many men of God that it says this of,

1 Samuel 3:19-21   And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.  20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord. 21 And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

Verse 21 is the most important point of this post. How few churches are there where fresh manna from God’s throne of Mercy and Grace is preached in Love to lead the sheep the way our Lord wants us to go. Many churches are teaching it’s congregation how the get God to go where the individuals want to go or get what they want to get. They have little desire to teach them how to find out what is God’s desire for us or the purpose He has for our life. Many call Him Lord but never make Him Lord of their life. He is Lord whether we do it or not, just not everybody’s Lord.

Verse 21 says “the Lord Appeared and Revealed Himself” again to them. The significance of that is that for a time God had withdrawn from them as verse 1 says,

1 Samuel 3:1  Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.

Many churches today are going through the motions without God’s presence or fresh manna from God’s Heavenly Throne. Sadly, many people don’t care or even notice this. They go in, get a little motivational speech to pump them up and they leave feeling great with hopes of getting their wish list answered some more. When the best thing that could have happened to them is if they left feeling Really Bad about their lack of intimacy with God, their attitude towards God, and their fellow man.

Many people go to an altar or say a prayer and think they have found God in an instant but that’s NOT Exactly what the Word of God says,

Jeremiah 29:13  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

The truth is they may not find Him that day. They may not find Him the next day. They may not find Him in the next week. They may not find Him for a month or for six months, but if they are seeking God with all their hearts, they’re going to find Him, or God is not true to His covenant, BUT HE Is TRUE, it’s ALL He can be.

That verse from Jeremiah is so often taken out of context like verses 11 & 12 are. Nobody wants to talk about the prior or following verses. They are hard to hear. God had to put Israel in a 70 year timeout. Many survivors watched loved ones die from famine, the sword and pestilence.

Jeremiah 29:4-10, 14   Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon:

5 Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. 6 Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters—that you may be increased there, and not diminished. 7 And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace. 8 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. 9 For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the Lord.

10 For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.

14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.

Way too many people are playing games with God or have created an image of God in their mind of how God is by cherry picking certain Bible verses that they like and disregarding the ones they don’t like.

Not long ago I read,

Matthew 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

Many places in the Bible a reed is used as a measuring instrument and it is in that verse too. The measure of who and what Jesus was to them was evident. What are you putting in Jesus’ Hand, a “reed” or what He truly deserves, a “Royal Scepter” declaring, Jesus You are Lord, having all authority and sovereignty over my life.

We aren’t saved or damned from obedience or disobedience to the Word of God. It’s only a “reed” to measure who’s the lord.

Luke 6:46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?

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