I will be preaching on the following passage at Silver Creek Presbyterian Church this upcoming Sunday (November 18th). I welcome your insights and questions regarding this text. Please feel free to comment here on the blog or to share with me privately via firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks!
Grace and peace,
1 Samuel 1:4-20
On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters;but to Hannah he gave a double portion,because he loved her, though theLordhad closed her womb.Her rival used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because theLordhad closed her womb.So it went on year after year; as often as she went up to the house of theLord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.Her husband Elkanah said to her, ‘Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?’
After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before theLord.Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of theLord.She was deeply distressed and prayed to theLord, and wept bitterly.She made this vow: ‘O Lordof hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants,and no razor shall touch his head.’
As she continued praying before theLord, Eli observed her mouth.Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk.So Eli said to her, ‘How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself? Put away your wine.’But Hannah answered, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before theLord.Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my greatanxietyand vexation all this time.’Then Eli answered, ‘Go in peace; the God of Israelgrantthe petition you have made to him.’And she said, ‘Let your servant find favor in your sight.’ Then the woman went to her quarters,ate and drank with her husband,and her countenance was sad no longer.
They rose early in the morning and worshipped before theLord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and theLordremembered her.In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked him of the Lord.’
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