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Speak Lord…


“Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’” ~ 1 Samuel 3:10

At a recent bible Study, Dr. James Nestigen shared this quote from Karl Barth, “Preaching is words in search of The Word.”  A holy calling indeed—to be about the task of proclaiming with mere words—the Word.  To formulate what the Lord places in our hands as the Holy Scriptures into proclamation each Sunday is a holy challenge.  And so, as one called with that task, I have joined many preachers in praying Samuel’s declaration—sometimes in the wee hours of the morning when the creative juices aren’t flowing as I’d hope.  “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

I don’t know how excited Samuel was to hear what the Lord was speaking.  At the time, Samuel was around five years old.  The message the Lord delivered was for Samuel to tell his mentor and the chief priest, Eli, that God’s judgment was being enacted upon Eli’s house.  Eli’s sons were “scoundrels”—disregarding and disobeying the Lord’s statutes.  So Samuel, the five year old, is to tell the chief priest, his mentor, and caretaker that God’s promised judgment is eminent.  Speak, Lord, but don’t make me repeat it…

You have read on CCD this week of the wonderful and powerful conference and convocation that took place last week.  I echo what has been said regarding the joy of being with brothers and sisters who speak the same language—even the same dialect—of faith. A profound voice of orthodox teaching and preaching was proclaimed.  There were many words that searched and found The Word in their proclamation.  The gift of God’s grace—He spoke!  He continues to speak.  God does not stop speaking to us.  But, like Samuel, sometimes the message isn’t popular.  Orthodox Christian teaching is not a popular voice in society.  The authority of Scripture, the supremacy of Christ, the moral and ethical teachings of Jesus—all of these are not received with open arms in our society.  Of course we shouldn’t be surprised.  Jesus told us as much in His prayer on the eve of his betrayal.  “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world.” Yet, like Samuel, we are servants who have been entrusted with the powerful Word of God.  God gives—we must relay His message.  As we do so—as we deliver The Word that Jesus gives—we have the Incarnation on our very lips.  Speak, Lord, for we are listening!


One Comment leave one →
  1. 17August2011 10:58

    Amen Scott! You said it so well. . .

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