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Samuel learns to listen to God

Young Samuel becomes God's messenger
Contributed by Frances Lee
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There was a man named Elkanah. He had two wives, Peninnah and Hannah. Peninnah had children, while Hannah had none.But Elkanah favoured Hannah more than Peninnah. – Slide 1
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Because of this, Peninnah often provoked Hannah to irritate her. – Slide 2
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One day, Hannah was praying in the house of the Lord, weeping bitterly. She vowed to offer her offspring to the Lord, if only the Lord would grant her a child. Eli, the priest, noticed Hannah in anguish. – Slide 3
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Eli comforted Hannah saying, ‘Go in peace, may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked Him.’ – Slide 4
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In the course of time, Hannah got pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, ‘because I asked the Lord for him’. – Slide 5
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Samuel grew up to be a faithful boy. He ministered before the Lord under Eli. – Slide 6
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One night, as Samuel was sleeping, the Lord called him. – Slide 7
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Samuel woke and ran to Eli saying, ‘Here I am, you called me.’  <br/>Eli said, ‘I didn't call, go back and lie down.’ – Slide 8
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So Samuel went back to sleep, but then the Lord called again. – Slide 9
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Samuel again ran to Eli saying, ‘Here I am, you called me".’  `<br/>Eli said, ‘I didn't call, go back and lie down.’ – Slide 10
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So Samuel went back to sleep, but then the Lord called again. – Slide 11
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Samuel again ran to Eli saying, ‘Here I am, you called me.’ – Slide 12
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Eli realised that it was the Lord calling Samuel. He told the young boy to lie down and if the Lord called him again, he was to say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ – Slide 13
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So Samuel went back to sleep. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel! Samuel.’ <br/>‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening,’ Samuel replied and then listened to what God had to say. – Slide 14
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Samuel grew older and not only listened to God but obeyed God also. He grew up to be a prophet, a messenger of God, sharing what God had to say to many people. – Slide 15
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