Post by John on Oct 12, 2020 9:05:26 GMT -5
We read about Hannah in the book of 1 Samuel. She is mentioned as being one of two wives of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham. The name of her sister wife was Peninnah. The Bible does not give the names of the children of Peninnah, but we do know that she had many children. In 1 Samuel 1:4, the Bible says that at the time Elkanah offered his offering, he gave to Peninnah his wife, "and to all her sons and her daughters portions." Up until this time, Hannah had no children, and as happens often times in polygamous marriages, there was a rivalry between the two women. Peninnah would "provoke" Hannah "sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb." She appeared to be barren.
The Bible says that each year, Peninnah would provoke Hannah as they went up to the house of the LORD, and it would cause Hannah to weep for sorrow, and she would not eat. Rather than just accept the notion that she would remain barren, she sought the Lord and made a vow to Him. She promised that if God would bless her with a man child, she would give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and he would be a Nazarite from birth, never having a razor come upon his head. Those under a Nazarite vow could not cut their hair, so long as the vow was in effect. The Lord heard the prayer of Hannah, and gave her the desire of her heart. God blessed her with a son. She would name him Samuel, and Samuel would go on to become one of the greatest prophets of God.
Hannah kept her vow to God, and the Bible says that she gave Samuel to the service of God. Samuel would remain in the Temple, and would minister before the LORD, "being a child, girded with the linen ephod." The Bible says that she would see her son Samuel each year, and would bring him a little coat each year when she would visit with her husband at the time of the yearly sacrifice. Because of her faithfulness to keep her vow, and trust the Lord completely, Eli the High Priest blessed Elkanah and Hannah, and said, "The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD." After this, "the LORD visited Hannah, so she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters."
Hannah's sister wife, who became her adversary, had many sons and daughters, but none that we consider when we look at the great men and women in the Bible, but Hannah bore Samuel the Prophet. When I think of the great women of faith, I always think of Hannah. Also, when I think of Hannah, I think of a real life example of what we call, "praying through." Hannah prayed until she knew in her heart that God had heard and answered her prayer. Hannah began her prayer to God sorrowful of spirit, but once she had finished praying, the Bible says, "she went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad."