Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
Luke 1:26-42 is a very interesting account of a women who willingly rendered herself to God’s service, to God’s plan, to God’s program, and to God’s proposal. It challenges me when I read Mary’s humble response to
“Favour, grace, one of the wives of Elkanah the Levite, and the” mother of Samuel (1 Sam. 1; 2). Her home was at “Ramathaim-zophim, whence she was wont every year to go to” “Shiloh, where the tabernacle had been pitched by Joshua, to” attend the offering of sacrifices there according to the law “(Ex. 23:15; 34:18; Deut. 16:16), probably at the feast of the” “Passover (comp. Ex. 13:10). On occasion of one of these “yearly” “visits, being grieved by reason of Peninnah’s conduct toward” “her, she went forth alone, and kneeling before the Lord at the” “sanctuary she prayed inaudibly. Eli the high priest, who sat at” “the entrance to the holy place, observed her, and” misunderstanding her character he harshly condemned her conduct (1 Sam. 1:14-16). After hearing her explanation he retracted his “injurious charge and said to her, “Go in peace: and the God of” “Israel grant thee thy petition.” Perhaps the story of the wife” of Manoah was not unknown to her. Thereafter Elkanah and his “family retired to their quiet home, and there, before another” “Passover, Hannah gave birth to a son, whom, in grateful memory” “of the Lord’s goodness, she called Samuel, i.e., “heard of God.” After the child was weaned (probably in his third year) she “brought him to Shiloh into the house of the Lord, and said to” “Eli the aged priest, “Oh my lord, I am the woman that stood by” “thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed; and” the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: therefore I also have granted him to the Lord; as long as he “liveth he is granted to the Lord” (1 Sam. 1:27, 28, R.V.). Her” gladness of heart then found vent in that remarkable prophetic song (2:1-10; comp. Luke 1:46-55) which contains the first “designation of the Messiah under that name (1 Sam. 2:10,” “Annointed = “Messiah”). And so Samuel and his parents parted.” “He was left at Shiloh to minister “before the Lord.” And each” “year, when they came up to Shiloh, Hannah brought to her absent” “child “a little coat” (Heb. meil, a term used to denote the” “robe of the ephod worn by the high priest, Ex. 28:31), a” “priestly robe, a long upper tunic (1 Chr. 15:27), in which to” “minister in the tabernacle (1 Sam. 2:19; 15:27; Job 2:12). “And” “the child Samuel grew before the Lord.” After Samuel, Hannah had” three sons and two daughters.
Definition of Hannah: “gracious; merciful; he that gives”
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