Brother Bob Brado was back this Sunday morning to finish his teaching on the life of Samuel. In last week’s adult Sunday school, we learned that Samuel ministered to God even before he had a full understanding, Eli taught Samuel how to hear from God, and Samuel becomes God’s new messenger. After his review, Bro. Brado picked up at I Sam 3:19-20, “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel …knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.” Many pulpits today become without power because they have let the Lord’s “words fall to the ground”, taught Bro. Brado. As in verse 20, people know when we are “established” in the Lord, he said. We need to stop worrying about fitting in; we won’t fit in, “so stop trying”, he continued.
In I Sam 4, Eli and his two sons die; the end of Eli was ugly because he did not listen to the warnings of God. Brother Brado said we must discern hat is being delivered by God, “that is why you have a Bible on your lap.” So how did Samuel fare?” he asked, turning to chapter 7. Samuel delivered the tough messages to Israel, but also prayed for the people. Likewise, we need to turn to the Lord and fast and pray; “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7. Israel was delivered from the Philistines in I Sam 7:14 and in 7:15, “Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.” Br. Brado said he wanted to be known as someone who served God all the days of his Christian life. However, “when you stumble, you don’t have to quit, get back up and go.”, he advised. When Israel demanded a king in chapter 8, Samuel advised against it, but God said to let it happen. Saul was anointed Israel’s first king and Samuel counsels, “stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.” 1 Sam 9:27. We also need to “stand still” and listen to the Word because there so many distractions; “something is always being pumped in.”
Brother Brado spoke about the end of Samuel’s life and contrasted it to the way Eli’s life had ended. I Sam 12:1-5 is a testimony of Samuel’s character and with his last charge to Israel, Samuel leaves giving the whole counsel of God. Samuel finished his life strong and with conviction and is an example on how we should strive to finish.