“I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28 NABRE
The books of Samuel tell an account of Samuel, who is judge and prophet. The two books are a sort of religious interpretation of history, with more emphasis on the meaning of the narrative than on the chronology or geographic situation. Samuel is a figure of Christ who will initiate the final stage of salvation through his complete obedience to the will of God. Samuel’s birth is described with all the elements denoting a miraculous event, emphasizing divine intervention and the child’s importance. A childless woman, humiliated by her husband’s (other) fertile wife, seeks a way out of her anguish by asking God, her only hope, to give her a son. Her husband loves her but does not understand her. Eli a priest from the shrine at Shiloh comes and blesses her but also doesn’t understand her. Only God listens to her, accepting her vow; if God blesses her with a son, she will give that son to God all the days of his life. She stands in a line of devout women who pray to God; Sarah, Rachel, the mother of Sampson, convinced they will be heard. Hannah bears Samuel in her womb, she is a figure of Mary, her prayers coming from the depths of her heart because she knows God listens. Samuel is a gift from God and his mission on earth is exceptional. Hannah presents him at the shrine saying, “as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the Lord.” Samuel is brought up by the priest of the shine at Shiloh, Eli.
The comparisons between Mary and Hannah are many particularly the miracle births, as well as Hannah’s prayer of exultation to God similar to Mary’s Magnificat.
Have you prayed deep in your heart? Do you keep promises made to God in prayer?The comparisons between Mary and Hannah are many particularly the miracle births, as well as Hannah's prayer of exultation to God similar to Mary's Magnificat. Click To Tweet
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