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Week 13 Day 3
Hannah's experience is a powerful story
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
SAMUEL 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 young, 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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