Week 13   Day 3


Hannah's experience is a powerful story

of promise-keeping

            she promised her child to God

            she perceived Samuel to be God's

            she literally gave her first born and only son to God



Her pain had been in not bearing children

Then after the joy of delivering a child

        she knew the pain of

        giving that child up

        giving her precious child back to God



Thereafter, she saw Samuel once a year

What joy it must have been for her

        to go on that yearly pilgrimage

        and look with pride and fulfillment

        at her child

             God's child





         The son promised to God from before his birth.
                                       I Samuel 1 & 2


    2Elkanah had two wives: one was Hannah, and the other

Peninnah.  Hannah had no children.  3This man went up yearly

to worship and sacrifice to the Lord in Shiloh.  4When the time

came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions

to Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.  5But to Hannah

he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although

the Lord had closed her womb. 

    8Then Elkanah said, ''Hannah, why do you weep and not eat? 
Why is your heart grieved?  Am I not better to you
than ten sons?" 
9Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by
the doorpost of the
tabernacle of the Lord.  10Hannah was in
bitterness of soul,
and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. 
11Then she made
a vow and said, "O Lord of hosts, if You
will indeed remember
me, and give your maidservant a male
child, then I will give him
to the Lord all the days of his life."

    12As she continued praying, Eli watched her mouth and 

13thought she was drunk.  14So Eli said to her, "How long

will you be drunk?  Put your wine away from you!"  15But

Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord, I am a woman of

sorrowful spirit, and have poured out my soul before the Lord." 

17Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace, and the God of

Israel grant your petition."  18So the woman went her way

and ate, and her face was no longer sad.

    19Then they returned to their house at Ramah.  And

Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered

her.  20Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his

name Samuel, "Because I have asked for him from the Lord."

    21Elkanah went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice. 

22But Hannah did not go up, for she said, "Not until the

child is weaned; then I will take him, and he may appear

before the Lord and remain there forever." 

    24When she had weaned him, she took him up with her,
with three bulls, one ephah [about 25 pounds] of flour, and a
skin of wine,
to the house of the Lord in Shiloh.  The child was
25and they brought him to Eli.  26She said, 27''For

this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition.

28Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord, as long as he

lives he shall be lent to the Lord."  So they worshiped the

Lord there.  11Then Elkanah went to his house at Ramah. 

But the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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