Every Word of YHWH

There is a famous description of the prophet Samuel that goes something like this:

Everything Samuel said proved to be reliable. Not a single one of his words fell to the ground.

What an incredible track record. I used to read this and wonder how much Samuel actually spoke. Did he make small talk? Or were his words only grandiose declarations from YHWH?

1 Samuel 3:19
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What an incredible track record. I used to read this and wonder how much Samuel actually spoke. Did he make small talk? Or were his words only grandiose declarations from YHWH?

Then I read 1 Samuel 3:19 in the Restoration Scriptures True Name Edition. It says it like this:

And Shmuel grew, and YHWH was with him, and he did not ignore even of His words.

While it is clear in Scripture that Samuel prophesied accurately, this translation shows us Samuel did not ignore a single word of YHWH.

We think Samuel's greatness comes from audibly hearing YHWH or being a leader in Israel. He had wisdom to speak YHWH's words, even in dangerous and uncomfortable situations. And those are remarkable things. But what is recorded in Scripture about him is that he didn't ignore the words of YHWH. Not a single urging of the Spirit or an instruction in Torah was brushed aside by Samuel. Everything YHWH told him, he did. He held serving YHWH as better than personal convenience or comfort. 

There are a couple of things we can learn from Samuel here. Firstly, that our words shouldn't fall to the ground. They should edify, encourage, uplift, correct, and show truth to those we speak to. And secondly that we must do whatever it takes to implement YHWH's words into our lives. Words matter. When we keep YHWH's world's change. People see truth. We encounter love. Everything depends on keeping YHWH's words. Words matter. Don't ignore them.

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