Summary: People mistakenly think that young Samuel was a believer when he was helping Eli in the temple. This is not the case. He was an unbeliever. This passage outlines the story of his conversion to Christ, not his call to service.


"Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him".

I know about the Queen of England but I don’t know her. I know about the President of the United States but I don’t know him.

Do you know the LORD or do you just know about Him?


"the LORD called Samuel"

Psalm 29:4 "The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty".

The LORD spoke to young Samuel with an audible voice. He no longer does so because we have the scriptures. They are just as good as an audible voice. We are not at a disadvantage because we don’t hear the audible voice. Don’t use that as an excuse for rejecting Christ.

a) A persistent call – 4 times

b) A pressing call – "Samuel, Samuel" repetition


"And the LORD came, and stood"

This is what we call a Theophany, the Lord Jesus Christ appearing on earth before He came to Bethlehem.

Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, Jesus came to Samuel by night.

That night, young Samuel had his sins forgiven and became a child of God.

A ruler once came to Jesus by night,

To ask Him the way of salvation and light;

The Master made answer in words true and plain:

Ye must be born again!

Ye must be born again!

Ye must be born again!

I verily, verily, say unto you

Ye must be born again!

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