1 Samuel 3* The word of the Lord first revealed to Samuel. (1-10) Godtells Samuel the destruction of Eli's house. (11-18) Samuelestablished to be a prophet. (19-21)1-10 The call which Divine grace designs shall be madeeffectual; will be repeated till it is so, till we come to thecall. Eli, perceiving that it was the voice of God that Samuelheard, instructed him what to say. Though it was a disgrace toEli, for God's call to be directed to Samuel, yet he told himhow to meet it. Thus the elder should do their utmost to assistand improve the younger that are rising up. Let us never fail toteach those who are coming after us, even such as will soon bepreferred before us, #Joh 1:30|. Good words should be put intochildren's mouths betimes, by which they may be prepared tolearn Divine things, and be trained up to regard them. 11-18 What a great deal of guilt and corruption is there in us,concerning which we may say, It is the iniquity which our ownheart knoweth; we are conscious to ourselves of it! Those who donot restrain the sins of others, when it is in their power to doit, make themselves partakers of the guilt, and will be chargedas joining in it. In his remarkable answer to this awfulsentence, Eli acknowledged that the Lord had a right to do as hesaw good, being assured that he would do nothing wrong. Themeekness, patience, and humility contained in those words, showthat he was truly repentant; he accepted the punishment of hissin. 19-21 All increase in wisdom and grace, is owing to thepresence of God with us. God will graciously repeat his visitsto those who receive them aright. Early piety will be thegreatest honour of young people. Those who honour God he willhonour. Let young people consider the piety of Samuel, and fromhim they will learn to remember their Creator in the days oftheir youth. Young children are capable of religion. Samuel is aproof that their waiting upon the Lord will be pleasing to him.He is a pattern of all those amiable tempers, which are thebrightest ornament of youth, and a sure source of happiness.
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