Can You Hear Him? Getting My House In Order Part 5

Title of Message: Can You Hear Him? Getting My House In Order Part 5

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

Text: 1 Samuel 3 New King James Version (NKJV)

Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, 3 and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.

Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)

 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

 10 Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

11 Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them. 14 And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”

 15 So Samuel lay down until [c]morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son!” He answered, “Here I am.”17 And he said, “What is the word that the Lord spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the things that He said to you.” 18 Then Samuel told him everything, and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him.”

 19 So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord. 21 Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

 

Proverbs 15: 31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise. 32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. 33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility. NKJV

 

Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made both of them!

Proverbs 21:13 He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered.

Proverbs 28:9 He who turns his away his ear from listening to the law, even his prayer is an abomination!

 

 Background  - The voice of the Lord is our GPS (Geo Positioning System). We should follow God like we follow our GPS system

·       GPS leads us, shows us how to navigate to get to our desired destination.

·       When we make the wrong turns, GPS re-routes us and guides us to our destination

·       Must have an ear to hear the voice of the Lord.

·       We cannot get our house in order if we are unable to hear the voice of the Lord!

 

Eli & Samuel

o   Eli was the priest. His eyes were growing dim & the lamp of God was going out in the tabernacle of the Lord. The ark of God which represented the presence of God was housed in this place.

o   The fact that the light was going out and the priest’s eyes were growing dim was indicative of what was going on in the nation of Israel.  They were drifting from God. 

o   The word of the Lord was rare in those days & there was no widespread revelation.

o   The priest’s vision was growing dim; Eli had lost his sight both naturally & spiritually.

o   Eli’s sons had committed many transgressions.  He was aware of their transgressions, but he did deal with it!

§  1 Sam 2:12 “Sons of Eli were corrupt taking more than what was allotted during the sacrifices

§  1 Sam 2:21 Eli sons were fornicating with the women who laid at the door

o   Eli was told by a man of God that judgment would come to his house because he honored his sons Hopni & Phineas more than God!

§  I Samuel 2:29  29 Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling place, and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people?’

§  1 Samuel 2:34 34 Now this shall be a sign to you that will come upon your two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas: in one day they shall die, both of them. 35 Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever.

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o   While the sins of Eli’s sons are mounting up, Samuel is growing in both stature and favor with the Lord

§  1Sam2 (26 And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the Lord and men.)

§  Samuel is serving in the Lord’s house and serving Eli the priest 

 Serving positions us to hear from God

Although Samuel was serving in the house of the Lord, the scripture says that he did not yet know the Lord.

§  Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.

o   It is possible to do the work but not know the Lord of the work!

o   Samuel does not yet know to hear from the Lord!

o   How many of us attend church and do the work of the Lord, but don’t hear from God?

o   But as young Samuel serves, he is going to learn how to hear from God!

 

 

When I serve, I hear more!

o   You will begin to hear when you are serving!  It is in the process of serving in the temple that Samuel hears the voice of God.

o   There is a blessing when you come to church, but an even greater blessing when you serve.  

o   When we serve, more is REVEALED to us, God begins to speak to us in the process of our serving.

o   We get a greater revelation of our gifts and how to operate in them when we serve.

o   God does not want us to just come and watch. Sometimes God will fix our complex situations in the process of us serving.

o   Blessings will come not based on my talent but based on my service to the Lord!

  We can learn various lessons about hearing  God’s voice from the three times Samuel ran to Eli.

 that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down. 

·       When we first begin to walk with God, the voice of God will sound like your teacher

o   When you are a servant, you become conditioned to respond to your duty. Even though it was night, Samuel ran to Eli when he thought he was being summoned.

o   Samuel was so used to his teacher’s voice and he assumed that it was Eli calling him.

o   The voice of God will sound like the one who taught you when you are first learning to hear the voice of God!

 

Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)

 

·       It is God who is calling us, but we are running to FLESH!

o   It was God calling Samuel but instead he ran to Eli (flesh)

§   This scenario is representative of us running to flesh when we hear the voice of God.

o   God is calling you deeper, but you are running to flesh

o   It is God who is disturbing your rest and telling you that I have more, that I have a higher purpose for your life, but we keep running to FLESH!

o   Flesh can never respond to the call of God; Flesh will leave you disappointed

o   What God is about to do, no flesh can handle! That is why we are disappointed

o   You need help from God, but you keep going to FLESH!

o   God is calling us but we are running to the wrong source (boyfriend, friend, etc.)

 

 

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

 10 Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

 

Samuel was young and could hear a sound that Eli could not hear!

o   Youth are sensitive!

o   Revolutions often starts with youth

o   Samuel could hear the voice of the Lord, but Eli did not.  Eli perceived that it was the voice of the Lord calling Samuel even though he no longer could hear it (indicative of his spiritual state).

Eli perceived that the Lord had called Samuel. Samuel needed an Eli in his life to instruct him on how to discern and respond to the voice of the Lord. Samuel needed a mentor!

o   Eli instructed Samuel on how to respond to God.

1. Make himself available for God to speak (Go, lie down)

·       Instead of running to ELI, Samuel instructed to lay still and listen

·       We can hear God when we are silent, and still. 

2. Respond to the word of God (Speak, Lord)

3. Humble himself before God and His word (Your servant hears!)

 

 

Reflection Questions:  Have you positioned yourself to hear the voice of God?  Do you have difficulty hearing the voice of God?  What are some things that have prevented you from hearing the voice of God in the past?  Do you respond with obedience when God speaks?  Are you still long enough to hear the voice of the Lord?