SUNDAY October 21, 2018
Knowing God is at Work
Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house,
from beginning to end.”
1 Samuel 3:11-12
Samuel was given a divine message from the Lord. Before this time, Samuel did not speak intimately with God, but now there was fellowship between them. God was speaking to Samuel. He was now a prophet for the Lord.
At this time in Israel’s history, there was a spiritual change. God had spoken a prophecy concerning Eli’s house––his family lineage. It would cause a tingle or a ringing in the ears of the people in Israel. The word translated tingle is a Hebrew expression. If someone stood by you and cupped their hands and made a loud noise next to your ear, it would cause your inner ear to ring. This expression was tremendous, because in Israel there was nothing spiritually happening––no spiritual discernment or His people receiving the Word of God.
Within God’s prophecy given to Samuel was the promise to remove all of Eli’s family from the priesthood. From the time this prophecy was given to Samuel; it took many years for it to be fulfilled in the kingdom but God made sure the prophecy was understood in Israel.
It is important to understand that biblical prophecy––which is the gift of foresight, the ability to predict, declare or give a description of something happening in the future––has been given in the past, for the present, and also for the future.
We all delight in hearing God's voice in words of forgiveness and comfort. But are we willing to hear His voice in unvarnished truth and naked honesty? "Speak, for your servant is listening" or are we?
~A. W. Tozer~
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