Sandy Warner ~



As I read this passage about Samuel discovering God and hearing His voice, I noted the following things took place in this experience.


There was no open vision in those days, it was rare. 

1 Samuel 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no open vision.

The word vision meant something seen mentally as in a dream, a revelation, oracle or vision.  It comes from a word meaning to gaze at, mentally perceive, contemplate, behold, see.


Strong's Hebrew Dictionary
2377. חָזוֹן chazown (chzwn)

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חָזוֹן chzwn, khaw-zone'

from H2372; a sight (mentally), i.e. a dream, revelation, or oracle:vision.

masculine noun

Strong's Hebrew Dictionary
2372. חָזָה chazah (chzh)

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חָזָה chzh, khaw-zaw'

a primitive root; to gaze at; mentally to perceive, contemplate (with pleasure); specifically, to have a vision of:behold, look, prophesy, provide, see.


The fact that this word vision includes mental seeing as in perception, it opens the door to be connected with the experience of seeing with the eyes of one's heart, as in the experience of recalling something to visual memory (only without a choice of one's will) as when the Holy Spirit brings flashes of sight to the mind without actually seeing them as a vision on the screen of one's spiritual eyes.

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what is the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,


Even though this was an exercise of hearing, the Lord actually came and approached Samuel and not just spoke to him from heaven.

1 Samuel 3:3-4 And before the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was lying down to sleep; 4 That the LORD called, Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.


Strong's Hebrew Dictionary
7121. קָרָא qara (qrʼ)

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קָרָא qrʼ, kaw-raw'

a primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (i.e. properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications):bewray (self), that are bidden, call (for, forth, self, upon), cry (unto), (be) famous, guest, invite, mention, (give) name, preach, (make) proclaim(-ation), pronounce, publish, read, renowned, say.


In a later verse, it actually says that the Lord came and STOOD as He had done previously, presenting Himself to Samuel.  It is obvious by Samuel's response that he did not actually see the Lord, but he HEARD the Lord. 

1 Samuel 3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for your servant hears.


Strong's Hebrew Dictionary
3320. יָצַב yatsab (ytsab)

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יָצַב ytsab, yaw-tsab'

a primitive root; to place (any thing so as to stay); reflexively, to station, offer, continue:present selves, remaining, resort, set (selves), (be able to, can, with-) stand (fast, forth, -ing, still, up).



Samuel had not yet undergone revelation, which is an actual experience.  When learning to hear the Lord, it is important to understand revelation IS an experience.  Something was not before, but suddenly it happens.  It is important to know it is an experience in order to recognize the Lord is speaking.

1 Samuel 3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.

This word revealed means to strip as to uncover, disclose, appear, discover, to show, open, remove, reveal.  This is like opening a lid of a box and discovering what is inside.  It is an "Ah ha!" moment.  What was hidden or covered is now made manifest and open.

This word open is the same word used when Balaam had his eyes opened in a trance.

Numbers 22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

Numbers 24:4 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling [into a trance], but having his eyes open:


word to ponder:  my revealed word 8/09/17

Dear one, when you ask to know Me, I do so by a work of My Spirit through the process and experience of revelation.  Revelation happens when something that was not known or understood is suddenly opened and you have an ah-ha! moment.  This is foundational in how I speak, how I reveal Myself, My ways and My Word.  Continually ask Me to experience revelation on a daily basis!  It is a part of your promised daily bread. 


I hide Myself and draw you to find Me through asking, knocking and seeking.  That is a part of how I operate on the earth.  I do this in mercy so that man is not accountable for rejecting Me or My ways.  The more you become obedient to what you know is Me, the more I will make known Myself to you as My friend.  I will open your dull ears to hear My voice.  Then I will open your eyes to give you visions.  What you hear and see from Me is yours Beloved. 


1 Samuel 3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.



After I read and pondered the above in my Bible, I printed out the following graphic I had previously made onto transparent Vellum with my laser printer.  I colored it with colored pencil, then used double sided 1/8th inch scrapbook tape on one edge and inserted it into my Bible crease.  It looks fun with the different verses I had highlighted with notes.




Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner. To better understand how God speaks, read Sandys book, 101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him. Website: Email: