I Samuel 1:1-28

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Text: I Samuel 1

YOUR CHILD AND GOD

INTRODUCTION:

Raising children can be difficult. There are many voices telling us how to do it. However, there is really only one voice we need to listen to. It is God's voice in the Bible.

Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Have you noticed that when you are young and having children, you really don't know a whole lot about parenting? It's sort of on-the-job training. As you get better acquainted with what you're doing as a parent, your children are leaving home and your nest is empty. By the time you really figure out parenting, your children are already raised and gone from home; and you are typically no longer having babies.

There will be times when we won't know what to do as parents. We may not even perceive the Scriptural application. We can and must pray for wisdom.

James 1:5 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

In I Samuel 1:19-28 , we see some principles from Hannah about child raising.

Before getting into today's text, we should review what we have already covered in I Samuel 1 because it was seven weeks ago on Mother's Day that we looked it.

We saw that -

1. THE LORD TESTED HANNAH - 1:1-5

I Samuel 1:1-5 - (1) Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite: (2) And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. (3) And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there. (4) And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions: (5) But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord had shut up her womb.

Through no fault of her own, Hannah's situation was a mess.

We also saw that -

2. HANNAH'S ADVERSARY PROVOKED HER RELENTLESSLY - 1:6-8

I Samuel 1:6-8 - (6) And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb. (7) And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. (8) Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?

Of course, although this was not desirable from the human standpoint, it was all orchestrated by the Lord for Hannah's own good.

Then we saw that -

3. HANNAH WAS DRIVEN TO THE LORD - 1:9-10

Being driven to the Lord is always good even though we may not realize it at the time.

I Samuel 1:9-10 - (9) So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord. (10) And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.

As a result, we saw that -

4. HANNAH POURED OUT HER HEART BEFORE THE LORD - 1:11-16

I Samuel 1:11-16 - (11) And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no rasor come upon his head. (12) And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. (13) Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. (14) And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. (15) And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. (16) Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

It was good for Hannah to realize that the Lord was completely in charge of her life.

Finally, we saw that -

5. HANNAH LEFT HER BURDEN WITH THE LORD - 1:17-18

I Samuel 1:17-18 - (17) Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. (18) And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

Hannah did the right thing, and the Lord would bless her for it.

We remind you that -

I. HANNAH PROMISED HER CHILD TO THE LORD BEFORE HE WAS EVER BORN - 1:11

I Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no rasor come upon his head.

Her promise was a legitimate promise which Hannah intended to keep. If the Lord would give her a son, she would see to it that he was raised for the Lord.

Her promise served as a constant reminder that her son actually belonged to the Lord, that she was only entrusted with him for a short while, and that it was her responsibility to raise him for the Lord.

We see that -

II. HANNAH NURSED HER OWN CHILD - 1:19-23

I Samuel 1:19-23 - (19) And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her. (20) Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord. (21) And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. (22) But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and there abide for ever. (23) And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the Lord establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.

Let me put in a recommendation here for nursing babies.

In His infinite wisdom, God designed women so that they might nurse their babies. Does this not suggest that God in His will expects women to nurse their babies?

Common sense should tell us that we really cannot improve upon what God has done and that all attempts to do so are futile.

Common sense should also tell us that God knew what He was doing when He designed the nursing process and that the child who does not nurse at his mother's breast is actually being deprived of God's best for him. No matter how good some baby formula is, there is no way that infant formula of any kind will ever equal what God has created.

Nursing costs far less. Baby formula is expensive.

What else might a parent do for his child? These are things that both parents can and must do for their children.

1. Pray for him

Philippians 4:6-7 - (6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

2. Train him in the way he should go

Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

3. Train him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord

Ephesians 6:4 - And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Involves both instruction and warning

4. Train him in the Word of God

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 - (4) Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord: (5) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (6) And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: (7) And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (8) And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. (9) And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Demonstrate for him the study of the word of God by the way you study it.

Demonstrate for him obedience to the word of God by the way you obey it.

Demonstrate for him how to live for the Lord by the way you live.

Demonstrate Biblical separation for him by the way you live.

5. Correct him when he is wrong.

Proverbs 3:11-12 - (11) My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: (12) For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Proverbs 13:24 - (24) He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Proverbs 19:18 - (18) Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

We see next that -

III. AS PROMISED, HANNAH PRESENTED HER CHILD TO THE LORD - 1:24-28

I Samuel 1:24-28 - (24) And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the Lord in Shiloh: and the child was young. (25) And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli. (26) And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. (27) For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: (28) Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

Whether you realize it or not, your children will turn out to be pretty much what you are rather than what you say to them verbally. This indicates that you teach far more by your example than you do by what you say. So -

1. Encourage your child to serve the Lord by your example of serving the Lord.

2. Encourage your child to live for the Lord by your example of living for the Lord.

3. Encourage your child to pray by your example of praying.

4. Encourage your child to read his Bible by your example of reading your Bible.

5. Encourage your child to be faithful in faithfully attending a good, Bible-believing local church by your faithfully attending a good, Bible-believing local church every time the doors are open.

6. Expose your child to good Christians, to pastors, to missionaries, to evangelists, to Bible teachers, etc.

CONCLUSION:

Hannah promised her child to the Lord before he was born, and she followed through on her promise.

Whether we promised our children to the Lord before they were born or whether we did not, we need to be raising them as if we had. Let's do all that we can to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.