Today’s passage: 1 Samuel 2:1-11
- Hannah’s exultation was placed in the Lord. Her words were certainly a rebuke to her enemies, but what they heard from her was a call to trust in the Lord.
- Accumulated wealth or prominence in this life are not what make a person great. The Lord is the one who gives and takes away all these things.
- Hannah’s “horn” and the “horn” of the Anointed are exalted at the beginning and the end of this prayer. The horn of the animal was a symbol of strength. Therefore, this was being used as a figure of speech; as if an animal would rise up on it’s hind legs and lift it’s horn in the air as a showing of strength.
Questions to consider:
- If riches, fame, or power do not make a person great, what and Who does (Verse 9)?
- We might expect Hannah to be rejoicing in her son, as if he was the ultimate prize. But, what did the birth of Samuel remind Hannah of instead? What was her great prize?
- Why would the woman who already has a number of children become forlorn when the barren woman has her own (Contrast Hannah’s source of Joy with Peninnah’s)? How does this illustration tie in to verse 9? How does this passage (Verses 3-10 specifically) describe the Gospel?