1 Samuel 2:1-11

Review & Analysis:  First Samuel begins with the birth of Samuel (1:19-23) to a previously barren women Hannah (1:1-10) … Polygamy is a feature of the OT (Deut. 21:10-17) .. The practice was and is fraught with more difficulties compared to monogamy (Matt. 19:1-6, Eph. 5:18-33, cp. Gen. 2:21-24) … More than one wife, men out there in cyberspace, can you imagine a more complicated way of life? … The birth of Samuel represents a rebirth of Israel … Hannah celebrates Samuel’s birth in a prayer of celebration, rejoicing in the LORD (vv. 1, 2) … The proud, the arrogant, the mighty, they ultimately fail before God (vv. 3, 4), in a reversal of fortunes (vv. 5-8) … Those who are His are guarded (v. 9), their adversaries are broken (v. 10a) … This telling of “His king” (v. 10b) is a prophetic vision of Israel’s future governance, away from her confused Judges (Jud. 17:1-21:25) … It has been pointed out that similarities exist between the words of Hannah and Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) at the birth of Jesus … They shared a similar experience, something a guy will never comprehend … Certainly the sentiment they felt is stronger than mere words can express.