Samuel was a man chosen for God, from his miraculous birth to his death. Over time he performed relevant jobs in which he demonstrated obedience and good behavior, thus gaining God’s trust.
They mention that his beginnings in the Bible were related to a woman named Hannah who prayed to God because she could not procreate a baby. According to the Bible, she was able to become pregnant. The name of the child was Samuel, which means «God listens». When he was rejected, his mother took him to the priest Eli and in Shiloh he was presented to the Lord.
Samuel’s knowledge increased until he became a prophet. Samuel was appointed judge and was in charge, in Mizpah, of putting the nation in discord with the Philistines, after a triumph that they had before the Israelites. He spent some time living in different cities where he was a mediator in the problems of the population until he decided to settle in Ramah.
His sons Joel and Abijah, turned out to be considered corrupt and for such reason they could not be judges as expected. The city asked for the first king of Israel and Samuel was in charge of anointing him, his name was Saul.
The old Samuel in his final speech urged people to serve the Lord and to renounce to false idols. He warned that if King Saul and the people ignored him, God would destroy them. Saul offered a sacrifice ignoring the warning, when the one who should have offered it was the priest of the Lord Samuel.
Samuel is considered one of the most obedient beings to the Lord in the Old Testament, that’s why in Hebrews 11 he was exalted in the «Hall of Faith».
Samuel’s Accomplishments in the Bible
Justice, impartiality and honesty stood out in Samuel’s practice as a judge. He urged the people of Israel to distance themselves from idols and give themselves to the service of God. Although with some insecurity he led the change from a structure of judges to a reign for the first time.
Samuel was totally obedient and practiced love for God. Because he was a man of integrity, he never abused or took advantage of his faculties. His priority was to be loyal to the Lord no matter what the king and people thought.
Despite his impeccable conduct, he is criticized for failing to raise his children, as they were considered corrupt.
Samuel always excelled as a person of honor and showed his love for God by practicing obedience and respect. Many people of that time were eliminated for being selfish. Following Samuel’s example, by giving God the right location we can eliminate many negative things from existence.
References to Samuel in the Bible
1 Samuel 1-28; Psalm 99: 6; Jeremiah 15: 1; Acts 3:24, 13:20; Hebrews 11:32.
Priest, judge, prophet, «seer» and God’s call to the anointing of kings.
- Father – Elkanah
- Mother – Hannah
- Children – Joel, Abijah
Samuel as an Example
Samuel worked all his life for the welfare of his people and was the last judge of Israel before the people asked for a monarchy. The biblical record shows that although there were battles and some losses by the armies of Israel, overall the nation survived and flourished under Samuel’s leadership.
Finally, order was established, piety was promoted, and the nation was at peace and prospered. «Then the Philistines were subdued, and no longer entered the territory of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
Then the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath; and Israel recovered its territory from the hands of the Philistines. There was also peace between Israel and the Amorites» (1 Samuel 7: 13-14).
The life of Samuel serves as an example for believers today. Key principles include his obedience to God, his faith (Hebrews 11:32), and his willingness to intercede for others (Jeremiah 15:1).
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