1 Samuel 1:21-28 & 2:1-11
Message - 1 Sam 1:19-28 & 1 Sam 2:1-11
In sum, the Song concludes with a two-fold plea for Yahweh — the incomparably holy one, the rock (v. 2), the truly knowledgeable one (v. 3), the lord of life and death (v. 6), the maker of rich and poor (v. 7), the greater demoter and promoter (v. 8) — to raise the king of Israel to a position of power and prominence worthy of the Great God who appointed him.
Having come to God with nothing, she now returns to Shiloh to give back that which means everything.
HANNAH’S PRAYER HAS been answered. The Lord has given this wonderful woman a son, and she has dedicated him to God’s service in the tabernacle at Shiloh (ch. 1). Thus far we have only been given a hint of the problems in Shiloh itself. Eli the priest and his two sons were introduced in the previous unit (1:3, 9), but their characters have not yet been described. Eli’s inability to discern the nature of Hannah’s prayer may ironically and subtly tell us something about him (1:12–14). But in chapter 2 we learn that the venerable old priestly family at Shiloh is exceedingly corrupt. In fact, the next two chapters reveal the bleak spiritual condition of the nation Israel itself. Official religious leadership is corrupt beyond hope (2:12–17, 22–25), and the nation has no access to a reforming prophetic message (3:1). It is to such a world that Samuel has been given for service.