The LORD calls Samuel during the night but Samuel thinks it’s Eli calling. This is repeated three times until Eli realises that the LORD is calling the boy. Then it says in 1 Sam. 3:7:
Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
Although it is not crystal clear, it is natural to interpret the second clause as an asyndetic circumstantial clause to the first. The Hebrew allows for the word ‘for’ or ‘because’ to be understood: ‘for the word of the LORD had not yet…”. Although this interpretation is possible, it must be granted that it is not obvious in context. The two clauses could be independent to one another. Biblical teaching however gives support for interpreting it as an asyndetic circumstantial clause, as we shall see.
Now, this verse has lots to teach on revelation. The following can be deduced:
- Samuel could not know the LORD without revelation.
- Revelation happened at a specific time (as is clear later in the story).
- It is the word of the LORD that reveals the LORD.
- ‘Revelation’ has the meaning of ‘uncovering’ which is the meaning of the Hebrew verb used, גלה (galah).
- ‘Uncovering’ means making known something that has been a reality all along. That is, revelation does not spring something into existence but rather into conciousness.
The word of the LORD reveals the LORD. Who are they?
We read in John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It is made clear that this Word is Jesus.
Jesus (the is the Word of God) says in John 14:6-9:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Here Jesus himself states plainly in the Gospel of John that Jesus makes the Father known, through himself.
Therefore the Word of the LORD reveals the LORD, as 1 Sam. 3:7 points out.
So, to complete the picture; what reveals the Word of God? That is, what reveals Jesus? The Holy Spirit!
As Jesus says in John 14:24b-26
And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
The Holy Spirit guided and helped the Apostles and other biblical authors to faithfully and accurately write down what God spoke. This resulted in the Holy Scriptures which reveals Jesus Christ. Jesus reveals the Father: The Scriptures reveal God as trinity in presenting revelation as trinitarian.
God is Trinity.
Revelation is trinitarian.