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March 31, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 1 (ESV)

There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite. He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord. On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.....Continue Reading

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  1. Looks like penninah was jealous and was mean to Hannah

    It also appears Elkanah had 2 wives Hannah and penninah it appears he loved Hannah more

    Hannah appears hurt and addressed her pain through prayer intense prayer

    She then has Samuel an answer to prayer

  2. Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” 18And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.

  3. The relationship between Peninnah and Hannah is a familiar one where jealousy turns to mistreatment of the one who is favored. But Elkanah’s favoring of Hannah can’t compensate for the mistreatment and sadness about not having a child. But she does what we all should do when we lack something that God would allow. She prays, fervently. And God answers even though He is still faithful when He doesn’t answer the way we want. When we consider how significant Samuel will be to the history of Israel (the last judge of Israel), it is significant to see his humble and miraculous beginning. And Hannah fulfills her promise and offers Samuel in service to God.

    It is also significant to note that the tabernacle which traveled with the Jews in the desert is now permanently set up in Shiloh. And Shiloh is in Samaria. It clarifies what the Samaritan woman says to Jesus in John 4….

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