Friday, April 04, 2008

Introduction Chapter 1 Book of Samuel

I Samuel 1:20 "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."

Samuel means asked of God.

The First Book of Samuel covers about 115 years (Ussher) and is also known as the First book of the kings.

It is a transition from the rule of the judges to the rule of the king. Samuel is the last of the judges. Saul will become the first king. The demand for a king is in a way expressed as a rejection of the LORD (Chapter 8 verse 7) but it is also used to bring about a plan in Israel.

We start the chapter with Eli the priest and his evil sons. Eli is old and is found sitting on a chair by a post. His sons are abusing their position as priests. A barren woman came to the offerings with her husband and his other wife who has children. The barren woman's name is Hannah. She is a good woman but is scorned by the other wife.

Hannah will not eat or drink and prays for a son which she will lend back to the LORD. The LORD heard her prayer and she conceived. His name is Samuel.

v27 For this child I prayed, and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked him: 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." v28

Psalms 127:1 "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."

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