Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of A Surefire Way to Wreck Your Life
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize 1 Samuel 15:22 and 1 Samuel 16:7

Week 15: Day 2

Today’s F260 Bible reading:  1 Samuel 3; 8

3:1 Now the boy Samuel continued serving the Lord under Eli’s supervision. Receiving a message from the Lord was rare in those days; revelatory visions were infrequent. 2Eli’s eyes had begun to fail, so that he was unable to see well. At that time he was lying down in his place, 3and the lamp of God had not yet been extinguished. Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord as well; the ark of God was also there. 4The Lord called to Samuel, and he replied, “Here I am!” 5Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But Eli said, “I didn’t call you. Go back and lie down.” So he went back and lay down. 6The Lord again called, “Samuel!” So Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But Eli said, “I didn’t call you, my son. Go back and lie down.” 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord; the Lord’s messages had not yet been revealed to him. 8Then the Lord called Samuel a third time. So he got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me!” Eli then realized that it was the Lord who was calling the boy. 9So Eli said to Samuel, “Go back and lie down. When he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back and lay down in his place. 10Then the Lord came and stood nearby, calling as he had previously done, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel replied, “Speak, for your servant is listening!” 11The Lord said to Samuel, “Look! I am about to do something in Israel; when anyone hears about it, both of his ears will tingle. 12On that day I will carry out against Eli everything that I spoke about his house—from start to finish! 13You should tell him that I am about to judge his house forever because of the sin that he knew about. For his sons were cursing God, and he did not rebuke them. 14Therefore I swore an oath to the house of Eli, ‘The sin of the house of Eli can never be forgiven by sacrifice or by grain offering.’” 15So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he opened the doors of the Lord’s house. But Samuel was afraid to tell Eli about the vision. 16However, Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son!” He replied, “Here I am.” 17Eli said, “What message did he speak to you? Don’t conceal it from me. God will judge you severely if you conceal from me anything that he said to you!” 18So Samuel told him everything. He did not hold back anything from him. Eli said, “The Lord will do what he pleases.” 19Samuel continued to grow, and the Lord was with him. None of his prophecies fell to the ground unfulfilled. 20All Israel from Dan to Beer Sheba realized that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the Lord. 21Then the Lord again appeared in Shiloh, for it was in Shiloh that the Lord had revealed himself to Samuel through a message from the Lord. (NET Bible) 8:1 In his old age Samuel appointed his sons as judges over Israel. 2The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second son was Abijah. They were judges in Beer Sheba. 3But his sons did not follow his ways. Instead, they made money dishonestly, accepted bribes, and perverted justice. 4So all the elders of Israel gathered together and approached Samuel at Ramah. 5They said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons don’t follow your ways. So now appoint over us a king to lead us, just like all the other nations have.” 6But this request displeased Samuel, for they said, “Give us a king to lead us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7The Lord said to Samuel, “Do everything the people request of you. For it is not you that they have rejected, but it is me that they have rejected as their king. 8Just as they have done from the day that I brought them up from Egypt until this very day, they have rejected me and have served other gods. This is what they are also doing to you. 9So now do as they say. But you must warn them and make them aware of the policies of the king who will rule over them.” 10So Samuel spoke all the Lord’s words to the people who were asking him for a king. 11He said, “Here are the policies of the king who will rule over you: He will conscript your sons and put them in his chariot forces and in his cavalry; they will run in front of his chariot. 12He will appoint for himself leaders of thousands and leaders of fifties, as well as those who plow his ground, reap his harvest, and make his weapons of war and his chariot equipment. 13He will take your daughters to be ointment makers, cooks, and bakers. 14He will take your best fields, vineyards, and olive groves, and give them to his own servants. 15He will demand a tenth of your seed and of the produce of your vineyards and give it to his administrators and his servants. 16He will take your male and female servants, as well as your best cattle and your donkeys, and assign them for his own use. 17He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will be his servants. 18In that day you will cry out because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord won’t answer you in that day.” 19But the people refused to heed Samuel’s warning. Instead they said, “No! There will be a king over us! 20We will be like all the other nations. Our king will judge us and lead us and fight our battles.” 21So Samuel listened to everything the people said and then reported it to the Lord. 22The Lord said to Samuel, “Do as they say and install a king over them.” Then Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Each of you go back to his own city.” (NET Bible)

 


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