Praise the wonderful name of Jesus! It’s my deepest prayer that thus far you’ve had a blessed week, and that your week will continue to be blessed. This week in our study we will be focusing on Hannah, in the Old Testament. Let’s take a look once again at the verse that we have been dissecting percept upon percept.
1 Corinthians 14:34-Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. KJV
Let’s briefly go over Hannah’s background. She was married to Elkanah and one could say that she led somewhat of a competitive life because her husband was also married to Peninnah. Back then polygamy was allowed; in fact, it wasn’t at all uncommon. (Thank God there is law against this in America.) Now, Hannah actually was her husband’s beloved favorite wife, so she didn’t have to compete for his attention. However, she was barren and she longed to rear a child for her husband. Peninnah, on the other hand, had children, and my, how she provoked Hannah. Why, she would flaunt her little ones in front of Hannah knowing that it would cause her to be jealous. And, mad as fire, I might add. Hannah grieved in her heart for a child, and this troubled her husband. He asked Hannah, “Am I not better to thee than ten sons?” Of course, Hannah’s answer in her heart was no. So, she became serious and desperate as she prayed in the temple (Note she prayed in the temple) asking God to give her just one man child. She even made a vow to God that she would in return give the child back to God once he was weaned. She prayed earnestly from her heart; her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Eli the priest thought that Hannah was drunk with wine, but she assured him that she was not drunk as he supposed. Rather, she was at her wits end. Well, Eli prayed that God would grant Hannah her petition, and God opened her womb and gave her a baby boy. My, how her heart must have felt so full. I’m sure she showed her son off every time she saw Peninnah. However, Hannah didn’t forget the vow that she made with God. She gave her son back to the Lord. Hannah’s name means: She was gracious. I find that to be very fitting, because she was most certainly gracious in her actions. Not many mothers could do what Hannah did. Let’s look at some scriptures to reinforce the synopsis that I just provided.
1 Samuel 1:12-20–12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. 15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. 16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. 17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. 19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. 20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
1 Samuel 1:22-24–22 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever. 23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him. 24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.
I like backing everything up with the Word of God . . . smile. Now, what’s very interesting is that Hannah prayed in the temple. One could say that she prayed silently, and I would have to agree because she did. But, when Eli spoke to her she verbally made her request known. The Greek meaning of Silence is: Sigao which means to: Keep still, stop speaking or become silent. Paul could not have been referring to the Law or Regulations of the Prophets. So, this brings us back to our original question. What Law? Lord willing we will dig a little deeper concerning this question, but I’m sorry to say that I will not uncover the answer to our big question. What Law?
Before closing this week, I would like to share how God blessed Hannah for her obedience.
1 Samuel 2:21– And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.
Wow! Hannah was blessed with five children. I’m sure that she boasted and flaunted about the goodness of God. And, I’m sure that Peninnah did some pouting.
1 Samuel 2:1-3– And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. 2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. 3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
May God Bless,