This is a message I gave this morning at New Life Christian Fellowship in Supply, NC, with my personal notes following.
Intro: Uncertain times, uncertain outcomes. “May the Lord establish His word.” – Elkanah
1 Samuel Chapter 1
>Hannah had a choice!
>Her hunger for God’s purpose had left her unable to eat, but after the time of travail, she eats. They worship. Though Hannah has not received, she has left the matter with God.
>They go back home. A lightning bolt is not received in Shiloh, there is no “instant miracle.” It is important for us to realize that the kingdom of God is worked out and comes to fruition in our unglamorous daily lives — in what we consider the “mundane” things of life.
>The same God who moves in us in Shiloh is at work in us as we interact with coworkers, go to school, accomplish our household chores, cut our toenails, everything.
Vs 20 …in due time…she named him Samuel…
>The timing of God is very specific, but it is not our time. God never seems to be in a rush. (Sarah, when it was “too late;” Jesus: revealed in the Roman Empire)
>Psalm 102:13: Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
>Samuel: “Heard (asked) of God.” His name literally means, “God answers prayer.”
New life is a beginning, not an end
naked, messy, noisy, needy, HUNGRY
1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby
Proverbs 14:4: Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
>We say we want God to move but we want someone else to change the diapers.
>Hannah serves God where she is: she need not go out and minister to everyone in the world. It is enough for her to influence her immediate circumstances.
>For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Mt 11:33), but DON’T GO OUT AND GET YOUR OWN BURDEN.
>“Make disciples, not dependents.” She releases him to God’s purpose; she doesn’t cling to him.
>The offering: a blood sacrifice, grain, oil and wine.
When you prepare a bull as a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a special vow, or for peace offerings to the LORD, then you shall offer with the bull a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with one-half a hin of oil; and you shall offer as the drink offering one-half a hin of wine as an offering by fire, as a soothing aroma to the LORD.… Numbers 15:8-10
>Everything we give to God is something we received from Him first.
Hannah’s Prophetic Prayer:
>NOW her voice is heard!
Vs 1, “I rejoice in YOUR salvation.” Salvation is from God alone, not from anything man can do or say.
Vs 2, Holiness is God’s “otherness,” the nature of God that is revealed when He does things in ways we would never do them. “Nor is there any ROCK:” meaning the firm bedrock, the solid ground of trusting in Him regardless of circumstances. “How firm a foundation ye saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in His excellent word!”
Vs 3. “The Lord is a God of knowledge.”
Vs 6. The Lord puts down what needs to be put down, and brings to life what needs to be exalted.
Vs 8. Is this not the testimony of the saints? THE PILLARS: He is in control.
Vs 9. “Walking on the edge of a cliff.” He keeps the feet of His godly ones.
Vs 10. He will “thunder against them:” 1 Samuel 7:10 “But the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day against the Philistines and confused them, so that they were routed before Israel.”
>He will give strength to HIS KING and exalt the horn of HIS ANOINTED. What king? There is no king is Israel.
Vs 11. We can serve the Lord right where we are, even in a corrupt environment.
Vs 18-19. We hold a responsibility to serve the next generation and make sure they are equipped for the Lord’s purpose.
Some time goes by (more uncertainty–was Samuel to be her only child?), but the Lord blesses Hannah.
Vs 35 …I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and in My soul; and I will build him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed always.
>And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Rev. 1:6
>And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” Rev 5:10
>But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 1 Peter 2:9
Q: Why was God angry with Eli? A: 2:29