Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 44

This entry is part 44 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 43: Nathan shares with David a story of a man that is mistreated. David, in an outrage, demands to know the man so he can be put to death. Nathan informs David that he is the man that has done evil in the sight of the Lord. David repented of this sin but loses a child in the process.

Part 44

Elkanah had a wife named Peninnah who wished to give her husband a son, but the Lord had shut up her womb. “And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head” (1 Samuel 1:11). When her son was born, later, she named him Samuel. After weaning the child from milk, she brought the boy to Eli and lent him to the Lord as she had vowed. Samuel became a prophet of the Lord and was the person God had anoint Saul king and later David. He, as a prophet, was God’s mouthpiece to the children of Israel.

Samuel brought good tidings at times of obedience and he brought God’s wrath in times of disobedience. He as a man followed God’s command and aligned himself with God’s will for his life. We as Christians must live a life of obedience putting God’s command above our selfish desires. We must live in the spirit and not in the flesh. We have to crucify the flesh daily and its desires. “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another” (Galatians 5:24-26). “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:17).

As a child he was raised by Eli another prophet of the Lord. He served God his whole life from the time of his weaning, till his death in chapter 25. This was a life well spent. We read about his prophecies and very little more. We can see the person he was based on the story line. Psalms 99:6 reads: “Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them”. This means that Samuel had the authority or called upon Christ’s authority. We see this in the new testament church Acts 21:2 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”. Also, in Acts 22:16 “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord”. All of these examples of calling upon the authority of Christ. Some denominations believe this to be “Christ, Christ….”, just verbalizing his name, but this is incorrect.

When you work in the power of God continually, on a daily basis, what can you expect? He dedicated himself to the Lord. He did God’s work and we read no complaints from Samuel. When you consider what Samuel might know, you have to wonder what God had revealed to him and what was outside of his understanding. Regardless of knowing and not knowing, if we are obedient through our entire life we should know with surety that God will keep his promises. We as Christians have the revealed plan of God in front of us and can read through its finished works. They, the people of the old testament, did not have this understanding. “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28:10). This means that during that time period, the people could not wrap their minds around the concepts which we have the privilege of partaking in. We are blessed with the revealed word of God. If we are so blessed, we should not act as though we are not. What did Samuel know?

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