Long, long ago a promise was given that a Son was to be born that would change the world. It was a prophecy that began with Adam and Eve, was clarified with a promise to Abraham and then given to David by the Prophet Nathan. God’s message through Nathan was that David would himself become a house. A Son was to be born to “…establish His kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever.” 2 Samuel 7:13
Father’s Day “Samuel, God’s Son.” 1 Samuel 3:19-20
Fourth time’s a charm! There is something special about hearing your father’s voice, isn’t there. Ask Samuel, who was promised to God by his mother and at a very early age went to live with the Prophet Eli in the house of God, far away from his father Elkanah. One evening Samuel was awakened by a voice calling his name. Answering here I am, Samuel rushed to Eli thinking he had called. Eli said, “I did not call you, lie down again.” Two more times the voice called and each time Eli said I did not call but after the third time Eli told Samuel, that the Lord was calling him. The fourth time, Samuel answered, “Speak Lord, for your servant hears.” Did he miss his father Elkanah? Of course but given to serve the Lord, in the Lord’s house, Samuel hears his Father, our Father call him by name. As we say, “Speak Lord, for your servant hears,” we hear His voice.
Gideon- “Are You sure Lord?”
Who was Gideon? So significant is the mark this very ordinary man made in his time that he is listed in Hebrews 11 alongside the movers & shakers of the Old Testament. The author of Hebrews writes, “For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Hebrews 11:32-34