Called by God: Study Questions for 1 Samuel 3

1 Samuel Chapter 3:  Study and Discussion Questions

  1. How does a person “minister to the Lord?”
    1. Who taught Samuel to minister to the Lord?
    2. Did Eli minister to the Lord?
  1. What would cause the Word of the Lord to be rare?
    1. Is there a scarcity of revelation in today’s church; where is God in all that is happening in the world today?
  1. How is God speaking to us?
  1. As a figure of speech, “Before the Lamp of God went out in the Tabernacle” simply means “before dawn,” but can also suggest dark spiritual times. Consider the effect of “dark times” in your own spiritual life, and discuss a time in history considered a “dark time.”
  1. Why do you think Samuel did not recognize the voice of God?
  1. Eli gave Samuel wise counsel. What are some important elements of Eli’s instructions to Samuel?
  1. Eli has already heard of God’s judgement against him and his sons through the man of God in Chapter 2. Why do you think God tells Samuel of the judgement against Eli?
  1. What a terrible judgement against Eli! Do you think Eli repented? Consider Hebrews 10:26-27
    1. For if we willfully persist in sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.
      1. What happens when we reject the sacrifice of Jesus for our sin?
  1. What did Eli say to encourage Samuel to reveal God’s entire message?
  1. Is it difficult to be obedient to the following statement?
    1. It is the responsibility of God’s messenger to bring everything God says, not just the “easy” words. It is the responsibility of the one receiving the message to submit to and accept God’s rod of correction.
  1. What does it mean to “let none of his words fall to the ground?”
  1. How has the Lord revealed himself to you?