How To React When Criticized, Greatness of prophet Samuel, David Was Greatly Distressed
17th December 2019
Introduction to 1 Samuel Many years later, men translated the Bible into the Greek language (the language of the *New Testament). These men divided this book into two parts.
The name of the book comes from the first important person in this book. He was Samuel the *prophet. But Samuel did not write the book. He died before the end of it.
We do not know who wrote the book. The author lived after King Solomon had died in about 930 BC (930 years Before Christ).
After Solomon died, the country of *Israel divided into two countries, *Israel and *Judah.
The country of *Judah included the *tribes of *Judah and Benjamin (see 1 Kings 12:1-24).
In 1 and 2 Samuel the author often refers to *Judah as a country.
In those days, the kings and leaders employed writers. They wrote about the events in their country. The *prophets also wrote accounts of events.
2 Samuel 1:18; 1 Kings 11:41; 14:19, 29; 1 Chronicles 27:24; 29:29 all refer to these writers and their books. The writer of 1 and 2 Samuel probably got most of his information from these accounts.
The book of 1 Samuel records a major change from the time of the judges to *Israel’s first king.
The judges had led the *Israelites for about 350 years after the death of Joshua. During this time the *Israelites called their leaders ‘judges’.
Samuel was the last of the judges. He was also a *prophet and a priest. Samuel *anointed Saul, the first king of *Israel.
But Saul did not obey God. So, God chose another king, David, who would obey him. 1 Samuel ends with the death of Saul. The book of 2 Samuel records the life of David as king.
Hannah's journey from anguish to joy
Hannah, in anguish, prayed for a boy, stating that she would give him to the Lord (1 Sam 1:11). And God answered her prayers in the process of time (1 Sam 1:20).
We don't know how long this took but it was a process initiated by God and in His time, He answered her prayer. Have you been praying for something in bitterness of soul like Hannah? Don't give up. Everything has to go through a process and in His time, your prayer will be answered.
Samuel was a Levite and so belonged to God but he would normally have served Him only for 20 years at the tabernacle (Num 4:3). Hannah lent him to the Lord all the days of his life from the day he was weaned (between 2 and 4 yrs).
This was a great sacrifice indeed. My son is 22 and I worry about him as he's so far from home; I cannot imagine my state if I lived in Hannah's time - no fast transportation, no phones or internet. And I definitely would have looked for a way to modify my vow if I was Hannah!!
But Hannah didn't waver in her vow. When the child was weaned (2-5 yrs), she took him to Shiloh and handed him over to Eli with a song in her heart and on her lips. She exemplifies 2 Cor 9:7; "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
What is beautiful here is God's response. She gave Samuel to the Lord. HE gave her 5 in return (1 Sam 2:21). Whatever we give God, He multiplies and returns (Luke 6:38).
Hannah's faith is inspiring. She offered her anguish to God in faith and He gave her joy; she gave her son to God and HE gave her 5 children; she gave a toddler to God and HE transformed him into one of the most important prophets of Israel.
Our God is in control; He takes what we give Him in faith and uses it for His glory. Stay blessed.
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