1 Samuel 3: Samuel Hears the Lord

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 92


In 1 Samuel 2 we read that the Lord was displeased with Eli. The Lord told Eli that He would raise up another prophet. Chapter 3 tells about Samuel’s calling to replace Eli as priest and also to be a prophet to Israel.As you read about what happened to Samuel, ask yourself the following questions: When and how might the Lord make His will known to me? How do I respond to the guidance and inspiration He gives?
the boy Samuel hearing the voice of the Lord

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Samuel 3

Precious (v. 1)Rare, not happening often 
Ere (v. 3)Before 
Perceived (v. 8)Realized, understood 
Vile (v. 13)Wicked 
Restrained them not (v. 13)Did not stop them 
Purged (v. 14)Removed, taken away 
Whit (v. 18)Bit 
Fall to the ground (v. 19)Not come true 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 1 Samuel 3.

Activity A iconThe Calling of a New Prophet

  1. 1.

    According to 1 Samuel 3:1, why did the Lord need to call a new prophet?

  2. 2.

    What can we learn from Samuel’s example about how to respond when the Lord, through His servants, calls us to serve?