Morning Musing: 1 Samuel 3:3

“The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

I love this verse. The detail about the lamp of God functions in two ways. The first is entirely mundane. In the tabernacle (the reference to “the temple of the Lord” is anachronistic since the temple wouldn’t be built for over 100 years, and anyway, the Hebrew here refers simply to a large building or structure so tabernacle would be an acceptable translation as well), there was a special lamp, a candlestick more precisely, that was lit each night and burned until morning. The other meaning here is more special. Read the rest…