撒母耳 - 忠心的祭司
Samuel - A Faithful Priest
一. 神拣选撒母耳 Chosen by God
God used Samuel to help Israelites adapt from the era of judges to the era of kings.
He is honored by God, like Moses and Aaron.
二. 祷告的服事 The ministry of prayer
The meaning of Samuel: I have asked for him from the Lord
Through twenty years of silence, Samuel prayed and the Spirit of God worked in the people’s hearts, leading to their repentance.
The Israelites defeated the Philistines through prayer. Then Samuel set up a stone and called it Ebenezer (Thus far the Lord has helped us)
The Israelites sinned against the Lord by asking for a king for themselves.
三. 大忠心的祭司 A faithful priest
He ministered to the Lord before Eli, and learned to be humble and faithful in the little things.
He preached the word of God faithfully, and the presence and the power of God was with him.
He is a faithful priest, acting according to what is in God’s heart and mind.
四. 被百姓厌弃，仍然尽忠到底 Rejected by the people
The people of God asked for a king like all the nations, Samuel prayed to the Lord, he did not refuse according to his own mind.
God told Samuel to heed the voice of the people. God respects man’s free will but also warns them the consequences of having a king.
God comforted Samuel: they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I shall not reign over them.