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Icons of the Bible: Samuel - A Man Who Obeyed God

Updated: Aug 31, 2023


Icons of the Bible: Samuel - A Man Who Obeyed God
Icons of the Bible: Samuel - A Man Who Obeyed God

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The Icons of The Bible Series will go through all the people of the Bible in chronological order. I will attempt to provide you focused article and videos that will help you become more familiar with those whom God chose to tell us about in His Holy Scripture. - Andy


Icons of the Bible

Who Was Samuel in the Bible?

Samuel was a man chosen for God, from his miraculous birth until his death. He served in several important positions during his life, earning God's favor because he knew how to obey.

Samuel was a contemporary of King Saul and King David. His parents Elkanah and Hannah dedicated him to the Lord, giving the child to the priest Eli to be raised in the temple. In Acts 3:20 Samuel is portrayed as the last of the judges and the first of the prophets. Few people in the Bible were as obedient to God as Samuel.

Samuel:

  • Known for: As a prophet and judge over Israel, Samuel was instrumental in the establishment of Israel's monarchy. God chose him to anoint and counsel Israel’s kings.

  • Bible References: Samuel is mentioned in 1 Samuel 1-28; Psalm 99:6; Jeremiah 15:1; Acts 3:24, 13:20; and Hebrews 11:32.

  • Father: Elkanah

  • Mother: Hannah

  • Sons: Joel, Abijah

  • Hometown: Ramah of Benjamin, located in the hill country of Ephraim.

  • Occupation: Priest, judge, prophet, "seer," and called of God to anoint of kings.

Samuel's Story in the Bible

Samuel was a Levite from the descendants of Kohath. He was one of the few biblical characters to have a detailed birth narrative.


His story in the Bible began with a barren woman, Hannah, praying to God for a child. The Bible says "the Lord remembered her," and she became pregnant. She named the baby Samuel, which in Hebrew means "the Lord hears" or "the name of God." When the boy was weaned, Hannah presented him to God at Shiloh, in the care of Eli the high priest.." from the article: Who Was Samuel in the Bible?


The Lord Calls Samuel

“Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the LORD”. 1 Samuel 3:1-4

"Nothing is more tragic than to be without the Word of God. Without access to special revelation from the Lord—His words through His prophets and Apostles—all we have is His general revelation, which is His revelation in nature and on our consciences of His attributes and our being under His wrath. To be without God’s special revelation is to be without the hope of the gospel and thus without the hope of redemption (Rom. 1–3; 10:14–17).

Early in Samuel’s life, Israel lacked words from God—“the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision” (1 Sam. 3:1). Of course, the Israelites had at least the five books of Moses—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy—but as we have seen in our look at the era of the judges, the priests were not teaching God’s law to the people (2:12–25). Moreover, prophets were rare at that time. With Samuel, that was about to change.." from the article: The Lord Calls Samuel



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