Servant of our Sovereign God
By Rosemary Shaumburg
The story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1 and 2 has been a comfort and hope through the ages. A cursory reading may lead one to believe that the account is merely about a woman’s longing, praying and the ultimate blessing of the birth of her baby. A deeper look, though, reveals that there’s more to the story.
During this time in Israel, about 1050 B.C., “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Israel as a whole had forsaken God. They forgot their deliverance from Egypt and turned to the worship of idols. God was about to raise up a righteous leader for his people, one who would point toward the promised Savior. As God often does, he chose a humble, insignificant woman through whom he would bring it to pass.
Hannah was the wife of Elkanah, a man from a priestly family of the tribe of Levi. Two circumstances caused great sorrow for Hannah: her childlessness and Peninnah (1:2). It’s probable that Elkanah’s polygamy was due to Hannah’s inability to bear children. Offspring were important for economic survival as well as for lineage and carrying on the family name, so he took Peninnah as his wife and she bore his children.
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