We were made for community, we were saved and are to be placed in community. ~~~ What were the Israelites to say and do in response to this miracle? What are we to say or do in response to the way God has acted on our behalf? Samuel gives three main responses (19-25). He lists them in the negative and in the positive, but they fall into these three main categories. Hear God’s word We hear Samuel tell us what are his responsibilities, and that is to pray for the people of God and teach the people of God God’s word. So one main response that should be taking place in our lives is to be hearers of God’s word. We must be underneath the instruction of God’s word. This is a primary means of our relationship with God. God’s word is food for our souls, air for our lungs. We are to hear God’s word preached and proclaimed from God’s appointed men, from God’s ordained church. This is no light thing we do here week after week. I do not hammer this home for my own sake, but because we see it explicitly and implicitly all over God’s word. We were made for community, we were saved and are to be placed in community. We need each other pointing each other to Christ. We are being built up into a holy temple, a dwelling place for God.