* the third.
Although Samuel did not apprehend the way in which God reveals
himself to his servants the prophets--by the "still small
voice"--yet when this direct communication from the Almighty
was made the third time, in a way altogether new and strange
to him, it seems astonishing that he did not immediately
apprehend. Perhaps he would have been sooner aware of a
divine revelation, had it come in a dream or a vision. Those
who have the greatest knowledge of divine things, should
remember the time when they were as babes, unskilful in the
word of righteousness.