I Samuel 3 Samuel Is Called to Duty. 1 Sam 3:1 (NKJV). Then the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 1 Samuel 3:2 (NKJV).
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Is Called to Duty
And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see,
“A personal presence, not a mere voice, or impression upon Samuel’s mind, is here distinctly indicated. “ – Albert Barnes
He should have known, or at least had a pretty good idea what the message was. After all, he had been told in the last chapter what was going to happen to him.
What they didn’t realize was what the Israelites didn’t seem to understand either: God had already left Israel!