Meditation for Preparation: January 14

Posted on January 11, 2018.

1st Day of 1st Samuel!


1 Samuel 1:1-18 --"A Weeping Woman Meets a Sovereign God"


Here's an excerpt from Dale Davis's [one of our Anthony Thiseltons for 1 Samuel] commentary (1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart):


     Though it would not comfort Hannah, it helps us to remember that Hannah is not the first barren woman noted in Scripture. We remember Sarai/Sarah and how Genesis 11:30 hangs like a dark cloud over the next ten chapters of Genesis. The mathematics of Genesis 25:20-21, 26 show that Rebekah had no children for the first twenty years of marriage, and Genesis 29:31-30:24 details the soap-opera turmoil swirling around the barrenness of Rachel. Yahweh raised up mighty Samson from the fruitless womb of Manoah's wife (Judges 13:2-7). And who would have guessed that old, childless Elizabeth would give birth to John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25)? Barren women seem to be God's instruments in raising up key figures in the history of redemption, whether the promised seed (Isaac), the father of Israel (Jacob), saviors or preservers of Israel (Joseph, Samson, Samuel), or the forerunner of the great King (John the Baptist).

Hannah, therefore shares in a fellowship of barrenness. And it is frequently in this fellowship that new chapters in Yahweh's history with his people begin--begin with nothing.




And once again, I don't endorse everything these guys say, but the Bible Project has a fantastic video outlining the major structure and themes of 1 Samuel. Definitely worth the 7 minutes to check out. Thanks to James & Lauren Morgan for reminding me that this was out there.




 See y'all Sunday!





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  • Ongoing-- New Adult Sunday School Bible Study of James at 9:38 a.m in Fellowship Hall
  • January 28-- TGP 101 (New Member Training) 2:30-5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall