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Knowing, Hearing and Obeying God

There's isn't much preaching about God’s warnings regarding deliberate, continued sin among His believers. A popular theme in many sermons is God’s blessings. Blessings as a result of faith are emphasized rather than blessings as a result of faith that leads to obedience. These two are clearly contrasted in I Samuel 3 through the lives of Eli and Samuel.

Knowing, Hearing and Obeying God

1 Samuel 3:1-21

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Textual Study

I Samuel 3 is arranged in a “chiastic” fashion (a literary structure) following an _____________________ pattern:

Verses 1-9: Knowing God and Hearing His Word                              The ark appears for the first time in Samuel, symbolizing God and His presence on the earth.  Verse 3

Though dedicated to the Levite ministry at Shiloh and learning about the Lord, Samuel “did not yet know the Lord.”  Verse 7

 Verses 10-14: Acting on God’s Word                                                        God comes close, calls Samuel twice by name, and delivers “a word” = God’s __________________ = God’s ______________, that will ring like a hammer on bells throughout the nation.  Verse 10-11

Though normal sins could be atoned for/___________________________ through   offerings (Lev. 4:3-12), Eli’s house had continued sinning defiantly. Thus their guilt would not be removed.   Verse 14; Numbers 15:27-31; Hebrews 10:26-31 

Verses 15-21: Samuel’s Appointment as Prophet                         When it was clear that Samuel’s calling as a prophet was established, a new era had begun.  Revelation through priest and ephod was passing away, and revelation through prophets was beginning.


Seek to know and hear God; this all begins with knowing and seeking _______________  __________________!  John 1:1, 14, 18; Hebrews 1:1-3

To know and hear God comes with God’s expectation that we obey!

_____________  what you know in relationship with God and hear from Him concerning your home, your city and ultimately all nations.  Matthew 28:18-20

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