Date written: February 1st, 2004
Scripture ref: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
TITLE: Lessons from the Life of Samuel
PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will look at three lessons from the life of Samuel. 1) The lesson of listening. 2) The lesson of true standards. 3) The lesson of obedience.
OBJECTIVES: Each hearer should be able to explain how Samuel exemplified these lessons in his or her life.
AIM: To teach practical lessons from the new covenant in terms of examples under the old (Romans 15:4).
1. Read: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
2. About the Text:
1) Samuel was a special man of God.
2) He is often referred to in the scriptures as Samuel the seer.
3) His mother dedicated him to the service of God when just an infant.
4) There are some lessons we can learn from his life of service to God.
3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.
I. The lesson of listening -- Samuel had an open ear to God.
1. Samuel’s call to be a prophet. (1 Samuel 3:1-21)
2. Samuel recognized he was merely a servant, “Speak, Lord, they servant hears.” (10).
1) We are called to hear God’s word (Romans 10:17).
2) We must hear with an obedient heart (James 1:22-25).
3. Samuel recognized that he had to speak God’s word without fail. (11-18).
1) We cannot allow any external pressure to keep us from speaking God’s word.
2) Samuel had an unpopular message for Eli.
3) We must preach the word of God when it is popular or not (1 Timothy 4:1,2).
4. Samuel recognized that he had to speak all of God’s words. He didn’t let any of God’s word fall to the ground. (vs.19).
1) We must live by every word of God (Matthew 4:4).
2) We must speak the whole counsel of God. Acts 20:27.
II. The lesson of true standards -- Samuel did not want to be like the nations around.
1. Read 1 Samuel 8:4-6
2. Samuel recognized the false standard of the world—he was displeased.
1) The world beckons us to accept it as the standard for right and wrong. Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
2) We must not let the world set the standard for what is right, but God must set that standard. Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
3. Samuel recognized the true source of righteousness—he prayed.
1) When Samuel was confronted with a difficult situation he took it to God.
2) The early church confronted problems with prayer. Acts 12:5.
III. The lesson of obedience -- Samuel obeyed God even when everyone else disobeyed.
1. Read 1 Samuel 15:13-23.
2. We must be an obedient people before God.
1) Jesus was obedient. Hebrews 5:8, 9.
2) We are contrasted with the disobedient. 1 Peter 2:7-10
3. Just as to obey was better than to sacrifice, so today, God defines our love for Him in terms of keeping his commandments.
1) Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
2) 1 John 5:2, 3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
1. We have noted three lessons from the life of Samuel
1) The Lesson of Listening
2) The Lesson of True Standards
3) The Lesson of Obedience
1) Are you a Christian?
b. Accept the true standard.
c. And obey.
2) If you are not a Christian this morning . . .
a. Hear the word; Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing . . .”
b. Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6 “For without faith it is impossible . . . .”
c. Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).
d. Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matt.16:16).
e. Be Baptized for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:15,16)