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SAMUEL, A BIBLE GIANT

Bible Giants Of Faith – Episode 5

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This series hasn’t just been an interesting one but one full of inspiring stories of the giants of old. So far we’ve been able to go through the lives of four different leaders (Abraham, Moses, David, and Ruth).

This episode continues the trend as we discuss another great man of faith, as seen in the fifth chapter of the book Bible Giants of Faith by James TaiwoThe direct reference to this story is found in 1 Samuel Chapter 1

Samuel- a prophet and an Israelite legend who kept a consistent relationship with God throughout his life.

Samuel’s life began with Hannah’s very touching scene, praying to God at the tabernacle in Shiloh.

Hannah pleaded with God to allow her to bear a son because she was barren. She prayed vigorously so much to the extent that Prophet Eli, who was passing, thought she was crazy. 

Hannah vowed to God (promised) in her prayer that if He allowed her to bear a son, she would dedicate the boy back for His service. 

This means the boy would have to serve God all the days of his life. 

God answered Hannah’s prayer; she conceived and bore a son, and named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord”.

Samuel grew and started his life under the care and training of Eli, the priest and judge of Israel at that time, just as her mother promised to dedicate him to God. 

God began to speak to Samuel from his childhood. His first message from God was quite sobering and was to be delivered to Eli. 

The message required that Samuel must announce God’s punishment on Eli’s two wayward sons, Hophni and Phinehas. 

Samuel delivered the message as God sent him, but, unfortunately, Eli did not respond with an expected action, rather, he disrespected God. 1 Sam. 3:18

Eli’s disrespect to God did not go well. God told Eli that his descendants would die in their flower age and He would also choose another family to serve in the priestly line. 

God’s punishment came on Prophet Eli and his family. The lives of Hophni and Phinehas (Eli’s sons) were cut short as it happened that war broke out in Israel that claimed their lives. Eli also collapsed and died when he heard the news. 

The unfortunate event in Eli’s family accelerated Samuel’s position, and he became God’s ordained prophet and the judge of Israel. 

Samuel’s Growth and Leadership 

As Samuel grew and faithfully conveyed messages from God, it became obvious that God was working through him. He demonstrated great courage during his walk with God, as not seen in his boss, Prophet Eli. 

  • Samuel was not afraid to tell the truth of God’s word even when it was not convenient.
  • He successfully led the Israelites to defeat the Philistines, their enemies, and the land prospered under his watch.
  • Prophet Samuel was the one who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel after the people approached him and expressed their willingness to have a king. 

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Some Lessons from Prophet Samuel

  • Prophet Samuel obeyed God throughout his life, and there was no fault found with him. (It is noteworthy to mention that Samuel, out of all Israelites’ leader, had no flaw recorded about him).
  • As Christians, we must be bold and be firm in following God’s instructions, as this can be learned from Samuel, who did not hold back in telling his boss (Prophet Eli) everything that God was determined to do because of the sins of his family. 
  • Christians also must follow God’s instructions to the letter. Our decision to obey God may sometimes make us unpopular, but we still have an obligation to obey God anyway.

 

There are many more lessons to learn about Samuel as they are explained in details in the book Bible Giants of Faith.

Brace yourself for the next episode as we discuss Peter and the lessons we can learn from his life.

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ABRAHAM; A FAITH GIANT

Bible Giants Of Faith – Episode 1

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The Bible tells us about some great men who have lived before us. Those we can call supermen, because of the type of mighty deeds they wrought. One of such men is Abraham, the friend of God.

The book Bible Giants of Faith, in its first chapter, relates to us the life of Abraham and his relationship with God.

Truly, Abraham was the friend of God. But he didn’t get to that stage by chance. At the time when he was 75 years old, God promised him that He would make him the father of nations.

Imagine, a man without a son received a promise that he would father nations. At 75, for that matter! He didn’t see how this was going to be possible due to his advancing age.

This is just one of the many ‘almost-impossible’ promises and instructions he received from God.

At a time, God appeared to him and asked him to leave his land for another land that He would show him, with a promise of a blessing.

Abraham believed God’s words and left his native land with his wife, Sarah, and his nephew, Lot.

Despite all these promises and instructions, things were not always well with Abraham.

He was also not seeing the promise of a blessing coming to pass in his life. The worst of Abraham’s problems was that he did not have a child.

He was a very old man, and Sarah, his wife, was old and past the childbearing stage.

In the book Bible Giants of Faith, we see that despite all the problems that the man Abraham faced, he never doubted God.

He continued to live with the trust that God would not fail him and would keep his promises.

Not too long, the promises of God started manifesting in his life.

God fulfilled His promise of a son to Abraham when he was one hundred years old, and Sarah, his wife, was ninety years old.

But then God came again with His test. He tested Abraham’s faith after the birth of Isaac; God asked him to sacrifice his trueborn heir, Isaac. Imagine that!

Abraham- Tested and Trusted!

After all the years Abraham had waited before he could have a son, God asked him to sacrifice the son.

Despite not knowing that it was a test, Abraham obeyed, without questioning God, and he passed the test.

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For Abraham’s numerous obedience, not just that God promised him innumerable blessings, they all came to pass.

He told him that just as it was impossible for anyone to be able to count the stars in the sky, so would it be impossible for anyone to count his descendants.

This is exactly the way God wants us to have total faith in Him. And as we do this, His numerous promises will be ours to enjoy.

Continue with us in the next episode as we unveil more giants of faith.

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