1 Samuel 3:3, Was Samuel sleeping in the tabernacle?

Question: I Samuel 3:3 states that Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle next to the Ark of God. Isn't this in the Holy of Holies? Isn't the high priest only allowed to go into this part of the Tabernacle once a year? Why would Samuel be sleeping there? Answer: Actually, 1 Samuel 3:3 is about timing, not location, Samuel was not inside the tabernacle. The ark and lampstand were in the tabernacle, and the lampstand had to be refilled every morning for it to keep burning. When the Lord appeared to Samuel it was very early in the morning, before the tending of the lampstand. -PJ