Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 30, 2015

“nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 3.

1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord before Eli.  And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.

It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well), and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was, that the Lord called Samuel;  and he said, “Here I am.”  Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”  But he said, “I did not call, lie down again.”  So he went and lay down.  The Lord called yet again, “Samuel!”  So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”  But he answered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.”  Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him.  So the Lord called Samuel again for the third time.  And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”  Then Eli discerned that the Lord was calling the boy.  And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’”  So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”  And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”  11 The Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 In that day I will carry out against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.  13 For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them.  14 Therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”

15 So Samuel lay down until morning.  Then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord.  But Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16 Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.”  17 He said, “What is the word that He spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me.  May God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the words that He spoke to you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him.  And he said, “It is the Lord;  let Him do what seems good to Him.”

19 Thus Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fail.  20 All Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the Lord.  21 And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, because the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”    1 Samuel Chapter 3.

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There is a work of God that is necessary in us before we truly hear the words of God.   

Samuel heard the voice of God three times and did not know that the LORD was calling him:  “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him.”  Verse 7.

But then God reveal to Samuel through Eli’s discernment that He was calling Samuel.  Verse 8. 

This chapter concludes with the following:  “… the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”  Verse 21.

In other words, we can hear and read God’s word but not understand unless God reveals Himself to us.

We see this through Scripture. 

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:18.

11 Jesus answered them, To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.  12 For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance;  but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.  13 Therefore I speak to them in parables;  because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.  14 In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;
You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
15 For the heart of this people has become dull,
With their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I would heal them.’”  Matthew 13:11-15.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.  Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.  All things have been handed over to Me by My Father;  and no one knows the Son except the Father;  nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”  Matthew 11:25-27.  See also Luke 10:21-22.

But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him.  This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our reportAnd to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”  For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.”  John 12:37-40.

Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement;  who can listen to it?”  But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?  What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?  It is the Spirit who gives life;  the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.  But there are some of you who do not believe.”  For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.  And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”  John 6:60-65.

But, for us, God’s elect to whom it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, there is hope!

I “do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.  These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,”  Ephesians 1:16-20.

In addition, even though we are the Elect and we know God, there may remain doubts and fear and anxiety and other imperfect attitudes in us, God will eventually reveal to us all that we need to know.  “Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude;  and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;  however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”  Philippians 3:15-16.

“Surely the Lord God does nothing
Unless He reveals His secret counsel
To His servants the prophets.”  Amos 3:7.


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