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1 Samuel 3:10
10. And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
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Samuel’s mother, Hannah, promised to dedicate her son’s life to the Lord. To keep her promise she took Samuel to the tabernacle to serve with Eli the High Priest. When the Lord first called to Samuel, he did not recognize His voice. Eli, aside of his mistakes, was wise enough to tell Samuel to listen, and answer, when the Lord called to him. (1 Sam 3:9)
How does the Lord speak to us? (Discuss ideas.)
After Jesus’ resurrection, on the Day of Pentecost, God bestowed a nother gift: that His Holy Spirit would dwell in the hearts of all thos who accept Him as Lord. (Acts 2:14-33) In this way he also speaks to our hearts and we can have Him with us always.
Why did the Lord speak to Samuel about Eli and his sons’ wickedness? (Discuss ideas.)
Eli’s wicked sons would inherit the High Priest position on Eli’s death. After the Lord warned Eli, he spoke to his sons, but they were unrepentant. Therefore Eli;s preistly rule and family line would be cut off so that He could raise a new righteous priest, Samuel.
Father took the “Old Testament Stories” down from the bookshelf and handed it to Devin. “Let’s see,” he said, thumbing through his Bible, “Where are we?”
“Samuel,” Devin replied. “We’re reading about ‘Samuel the Boy Prophet.’”
“Well, well. Looky here!” Father exclaimed opening his “Bible” to the bookmarked place. “We are, indeed, on
Samuel! When did you get so smart?” he asked Devin.
“I peeked last night after we read ‘Ruth,’” Devin explained. “I’m not so smart. I just have a good memory.”
“Then I won’t have to remind you to brush your teeth anymore. Will I?” Father said with a wink.
“Ah, Dad. I can’t remember everything!” Devin giggled.
Devin loved nightly scripture study with Father. First Devin would read a paragraph from the “Old Testament
Stories” to Father and then Father would read the scripture that accompanied it to Devin.
“Hannah asked God to let her have a baby boy,” Devin read. “Momma asked Heavenly Father to let her have a baby. Just like Hannah. Didn’t she, Dad?” Devin asked.
Father smiled at Devin as a tear spilled down his cheek. “She did,” Father confirmed, “And just like Hannah,
Heavenly Father blessed Momma with a beautiful baby boy.”
“That’s me!” Devin exclaimed. “Was Momma happy, like Hannah?”
“It was the happiest day of both of our lives,” Father answered.
Devin and Father continued to read, “1 Samuel 3:10, ‘And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.’”
“Dad, Samuel was just a little boy and Heavenly Father talked to him. Do you think He will ever talk to me?”
Father smiled. “He does talk to you Devin. Through the Holy Ghost, the scriptures and the words of church
leaders, but you have to learn how to hear Him,” Father explained. “Close your eyes and listen with your heart
and your mind. Can you hear what He’s saying?” Father reverently asked.
Devin closed his eyes and prayed, “Heavenly Father what do You want to tell me?” After a while, Devin felt a warm feeling in his heart and an impression came to his mind. “Oh, Dad!” Devin exclaimed. “Heavenly Father wants me to be good like Samuel and keep the commandments. And Dad, He told me that’s what Momma wants, too!”
Cream the butter and sugar until light. Add the egg, corn syrup and water blending well. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the butter mixture. Chill the dough for approximately 10-20 minutes.
1 C. butter
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 Large egg
2 Tbsp. dark corn syrup or molasses
1 Tbsp. water
3 1/4 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
Give each child a two 1 inch balls of dough. Roll balls of dough in sugar and then form
into the shape of ears.
Bake, on ungreased cookie sheets, in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
While the cookies bake read and discuss 1 Samuel 11-14. Emphasize that it is not only important to learn to hear the Lord, but that we need to obey. Eli heard the Lord’s warning, but did not obey and was punished for his disobedience. Samuel listened and obeyed the Lord and was blessed.
Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.
1. Watch chapter 8-9 from The Complete Learning System Samuel DVD.
2. Read: 1 Samuel 3:10
“And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.”
3. Sing: Children’s Songbook #106
“The Still Small Voice.”
4. Samuel’s mother, Hannah, promised to dedicate her son’s life to the Lord. To keep her promise she took Samuel to the tabernacle to serve with Eli the High Priest. When the Lord first called to Samuel, he did not recognize His voice. Eli, aside of his mistakes, was wise enough to tell Samuel to listen, and answer, when the Lord called to him. (1 Sam 3:9)
5. How does the Lord speak to us? (Discuss ideas.)