1 Samuel 1:24-28
Hannah is faithful to her promise. This is a good lesson to us. It must have cost her dearly to let Samuel go into the ministry of Eli. Yet she lets him go as this is what she promised God she would do. Some might say that God would not hold her to such a promise. Whether this is true or not, it only further heightens the faith of Hannah and the witness of her action. Sometimes we might make a rash promise to God over a particular issue in our life. Let us be sure that we can and will keep our promises before we make them rather than find ourselves in a situation where we are unwilling to be faithful to them!
24 Once he was weaned, she brought him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh. 25 After the boy?s father had sacrificed the young bull, Hannah, his mother, approached Eli 26 and said ?Pardon, my lord! As you live my lord, I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. 27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. 28 Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.? She left him there.
P S A L M
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8
R: My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
1 ?My heart exults in the LORD, my horn is exalted in my God. I have swallowed up my enemies; I rejoice in my victory.? (R) 4 The bows of the mighty are broken, while the tottering gird on strength. 5 The well-fed hire themselves out for bread, while the hungry batten on spoil. The barren wife bears seven sons, while the mother of many languishes. (R) 6 ?The LORD puts to death and gives life; he casts down to the nether world; he raises up again. 7 The LORD makes poor and makes rich, he humbles, he also exalts. (R) 8 He raises the needy from the dust; from the dung heap he lifts up the poor, To seat them with nobles and make a glorious throne their heritage. (R)
G O S P E L
Mary?s prayer here is based upon the prayer of Hannah at the birth of her son, Samuel. We see here a case where Luke has probably taken some artistic license and put these words in Mary?s mouth and so aligns her life, with those of the great and holy women of the Scriptures. Alternatively, Mary freely chose to echo the song of Hannah in her joy at the prospect of miraculously giving birth. Whatever the case, the important thing is that she accepted the call to be the Mother of God?s Son. Her faith is thus on par or even greater than those who have received similar miraculous pregnancies.
46 And Mary said: ?My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; 47 my spirit rejoices in God my savior. 48 For he has looked upon his handmaid?s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. 49 The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. 51 He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. 52 He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. 53 The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. 54 He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, 55 according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.? 56 Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
think: Let us be sure that we can and will keep our promises before we make them.
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