I Samuel 2:1-11

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Text: I Samuel 2:1-11

YOUR GOD AND YOU

INTRODUCTION:

Hannah has just brought Samuel to the Lord

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.

In I Samuel 2:1-11 we find that, after lending Samuel to the Lord as long as he lives, Hannah prays. In Hannah's prayer we see things we might learn about the Lord from her prayer.

I. HANNAH REJOICES IN THE LORD AND IN HIS SALVATION - 2:1A, D

I Samuel 2:1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord . . . because I rejoice in thy salvation.

My heart rejoiceth in the Lord

Philippians 4:4 - Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

I Corinthians 1:26-31 - (26) For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: (27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: (29) That no flesh should glory in his presence. (30) But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (31) That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Romans 3:27 - Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Romans 5:1-3 , 11 - (1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; . . . (11) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Because I rejoice in thy salvation.

Salvation = deliverance. The Lord had provided Hannah's deliverance. She did not have to deliver herself.

Exodus 14:13-14 - (13) And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. (14) The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

It is always best to let the Lord deliver us rather than to attempt to deliver ourselves.

II. HANNAH'S HORN IS EXALTED IN THE LORD - 2:1B

I Samuel 2:1 b - And Hannah prayed, and said, . . . mine horn is exalted in the Lord. . . .

Hannah's horn speaks of her strength

Deuteronomy 33:17 - His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns [i.e. wild oxen]: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

It would not have been easy for Hannah to give her son to the Lord and leave him there. By her saying, my horn is exalted in the Lord, she is saying that the Lord has given her the strength to do what she must do. Similarly, the Lord gives us strength to do what we must do.

It is not easy for a parent to give up his child to the Lord's work, especially to the mission field. We don't have normal relationships with our parents as others might be able to have. Our callings usually take us away from family and friends. At the same time, don't feel sorry for us. We make new and better friends. Besides, we have a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

We faced this. We really enjoyed our children. We likewise really enjoyed our grandchildren. It was not easy for my wife and me to leave our sons and their families. We have really missed them. On the other hand, it was the right thing for us to do.

In our service for the Lord we have lived half way across the country from our children and grandchildren. Would we rather stay near our children and be out of the Lord's will, or would we rather be in the will of God, even though this means living at a great distance from our children? Well, the decision was not difficult to make. We want to be in the Lord's will and we want our children and grandchildren also to be in the Lord's will.

III. HANNAH'S MOUTH IS ENLARGED OVER HER ENEMIES - 2:1C

I Samuel 2:1 c - And Hannah prayed, and said, . . . my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies. . . .

One can only guess how severe the taunting had become from Peninnah.

I Samuel 1:6 - And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.

The Lord obviously shut Peninnah's mouth when Samuel was born. What more could Peninnah say? The Lord has a way of exonerating and exalting his people from the attacks of others.

IV. THERE IS NONE HOLY LIKE THE LORD - 2:2A

I Samuel 2:2 a - There is none holy as the Lord. . . .

Isaiah 6:1-4 - (1) In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2) Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. (3) And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (4) And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

V. THERE IS NO OTHER GOD BESIDE THE LORD - 2:2B

I Samuel 2:2 b - . . . for there is none beside thee. . . .

Isaiah 43:10-11 - (10) Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. (11) I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.

VI. THERE IS NO ROCK LIKE THE LORD - 2:2C

I Samuel 2:2 c - . . . neither is there any rock like our God.

A rock suggests stability.

Psalms 31:3 - For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.

Psalms 40:2 - He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalms 61:2 - From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

VII. THE LORD IS A GOD OF KNOWLEDGE - 2:3A

As a matter of fact, the LORD is omniscient. There is nothing He does not know.

I Samuel 2:3 a - Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge. . . .

Romans 11:33-36 - (33) O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (34) For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counseller? (35) Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? (36) For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

VIII. THE LORD WEIGHS ACTIONS - 2:3B

I Samuel 2:3 a - . . . and by him actions are weighed.

Romans 14:12 - So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

II Corinthians 5:10-11 - (10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (11) Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

IX. THE LORD HUMBLES SOME AND EXALTS OTHERS - 2:4-5, 7

I Samuel 2:4-5 , 7-8 - (4) The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. (5) They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. . . (7) The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. (8) He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and he hath set the world upon them.

X. THE LORD KILLS AND MAKES ALIVE - 2:6

I Samuel 2:6 The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.

XI. THE LORD WILL KEEP THE FEET OF HIS SAINTS - 2:9

I Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Psalms 37:23-24 - (23) The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. (24) Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

He will keep them in the way they go and watch over them.

XII. THE LORD WILL DESTROY HIS ADVERSARIES - 2:10

I Samuel 2:10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.

XIII. THE LORD WILL STRENGTHEN HIS ANOINTED - 2:10

I Samuel 2:10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.

The anointed one is a prophecy of Christ as king

Psalms 2:1-9 - (1) Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, (3) Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. (4) He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (5) Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. (6) Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my son; this day have I begotten thee. (8) Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. (9) Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

CONCLUSION:

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

In Hannah's prayer, we see a number of wonderful things about the Lord.

1. The Lord strengthened Hannah, and He will strengthen us also.

2. The Lord is perfectly holy.

3. The Lord is all powerful (omnipotent).

4. The Lord is sovereign in human affairs.

5. The final disposition of all things is in the hand of the Lord. He is in control of everything.

6. The Lord blesses His saints.

7. The Lord brings His enemies to destruction.