Bible Time Period: Conquest and Judges
You led Israel triumphantly into the Promised Land. They failed to teach their children, and instead did what was right in their own eyes: Help me to keep my eyes on you and teach others what is truly right.
Samuel is an important person in the history of God’s people, and the details conveyed here about his birth and young life are significant. This is not the first time we have read about a child given to someone who was previously barren. Pay attention: this child will become the last and greatest of all the judges.
Hannah’s prayer of thanksgiving has been called the “Magnificat of the Old Testament.” Ultimately, its anticipation of an anointed king (the Messiah) finds its fulfillment in the birth of another “impossible child” to the woman Mary.
What proofs do you see of God’s initiative and purpose for Samuel do you see in the details of Samuel’s early life? Do you see anything of interest in a comparison of the first and last verses of chapter 3?
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