Hannah’s Prayer

1 SAMUEL 2:1-11
Introduction: If we didn’t get the point that the birth of Samuel was special in the first chapter, then we certainly can’t miss that point in chapter 2. The only other places in Scripture where a birth is attended with this much fanfare is found in the Gospels. Those births are of John the Baptist and Jesus. And here in Samuel, we get a look into the future as Hannah sings her prayer to God, a prayer that foreshadows Mary’s Song in Luke 1:46-55. We get to see Samuel ministering before God in the tabernacle at Shiloh as he prepares the way for King David, while in the future another Levite, John the Baptist, will minister before God in the wilderness as he prepares the way for Shiloh to come.
(The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people. Genesis 49:10) Before when Hannah prayed, she prayed silently while only her lips moved. Now she is emboldened by her God’s deliverance and offers up her prayer as a song to be sung throughout generations.

I. Hannah’s Worship verses 1-3

A. Her Deliverance

1. Her joy is in God
2. Her strength is from God
3. Her boldness is by God’s salvation

B. Her God

1. Holy
2. Solitary
3. The Rock (Deut. 32:4)

C. Her Admonition

1. Humble yourself
2. God knows and judges

II. God’s Rule verses 4-8a

A. God’s Choice

1. God has chosen the weak, hungry, barren, dead, and poor.
2. He has rejected the strong, full, fertile, living, and rich.

B. God’s Choice Is To Show His Power (1 Cor. 1:26-31)

III. God’s Kingdom verses 8b-10

A. His Creation
B. His Judgments

1. He guards the faithful.
2. He destroys the wicked.

a. Preface to the judgemnt on Eli’s house

C. His King

1. In the Kingdom of Israel
2. In the Kingdom of God

a. Anointed=Messiah

Conclusion: Verse 11 ends this section very simply. Elkanah and his family go home while Samuel stays and ministers before the Lord. Hannah’s blessing in Samuel was used as a blessing for the whole nation of Israel. And this should be a lesson for us. The blessings God gives us are not only for our enjoyment, but are to be used to,

1. Motivate us to worship God,
2. Edify God’s people, and
3. Remind us of the coming Kingdom.


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One response to “Hannah’s Prayer

  1. David Rosati


    I thought you taught an excellent lesson this morning. I wish more would come for Sunday School.


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