The Word of the LORD Was Rare

The Word

The Word of the LORD Was Rare [1 Samuel 3:1-4:1]

Samuel was called to be a prophet during a time when the Word of the LORD was rare. His ministry was established by God’s presence and determined by God’s Word.


  • After 40 years of wilderness wanderings, the Israelites saw the Promised Land under Moses and entered the Promised Land under Joshua.
  • Instructed in the Law and established in the land, the people continued to do what was right in their own eyes.
  • While their cycle of sin punished them again and again, God would send judges to relieve the people of their suffering.


  • Where God’s Word is rare, God’s people are directionless (1 Sam. 3:1).
  • One of God’s greatest gifts to his people is that he speaks to us and doesn’t mind repeating (1 Sam. 3:4, 6, 10).
  • The calling to share God’s Word includes both contenting the disturbed and disturbing the contented (1 Sam. 3:10-14).
  • A people will not be revived until a person is revived (1 Sam. 3:19-4:1).


  • You can serve the LORD without ever knowing the LORD (1 Sam. 3:1, 7).
  • Opportunities are missed in the world when they are neglected in the home (1 Sam. 3:13).
  • Ministry is established by God’s presence and determined by God’s Word (1 Sam. 3:19-21).
  • When God shares his Word with us, we should share it with another (1 Sam. 3:21-4:1).

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.