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Hannah was one of two wives of a man named Elkanah who lived "in the hill country of Ephraim" near Shiloh. The other wife of Elkanah, Peninnah, had children, but Hannah had no child. Because of thi...
Most of this I found from calligraphyforGod: Hannah Bible Character Study Notes Character Study Key Verse Now, these things happened as examples for us so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. 1 Cor 10:6 Character’s Name: Hannah His Ancestry and Family Life: Her husband Elkanah had two wives. When and Where She Lived: Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim Her Occupation: Mother and Wife Place in History: Mother of Samuel, the prophet of God Special traits: Her husband loved her even though she had no children. She was barren Weaknesses: 1 Samuel 1:7 Wept and would not eat because of difficult circumstances 1 Samuel 1:10 Bitter 1 Samuel 1:16 Anxious 1 Samuel 1:16 Vexed; provoked 2 In her prayer, she had a gloating attitude toward the other wife Jealous of Penninah’s fertility Did not make her husband feel as if his love was special to her Strengths: 1 Samuel 1:6 Faithful- went yearly to the house of the Lord 1 Samuel 1:10 Woman of prayer -- Strengths: 1 Samuel 1:6 Faithful- went yearly to the house of the Lord 1 Samuel 1:10 Woman of prayer - 1 Samuel 1:18 Faith – after Eli told her God would answer she ate and had a cheerful countenance 1 Samuel 1:19 Worshiped God 1 Samuel 1:21-24 Devoted mother 1 Samuel 1:24 Kept her vow to God 1 Samuel 1:18 Humble “your servant” 1 Samuel 2:1 Even though she was leaving her son at the temple, her heart rejoiced in God. 1 Samuel 1:24 Grateful to Lord (3-year-old bull plus other stuff) 1 Samuel 2:19 Industrious Important Acts and Events: 1 Samuel 1:11 Prayed and made a vow to God 1 Samuel 1:27 God answered her prayer and gave her a son God blessed her with more children- 3 sons/2 daughters Lessons from Her Life: 1 Samuel 1:20 In due time- when it’s God’s timing for something to happen, it happens. Usually, His timing is slower than ours as He teaches us to depend on Him while we wait. Chapter 1 Hannah made a vow to God. The Bible teaches that vows must be made very carefully. It was common in the OT for people to make vows, but their vows must be kept. Ps. 76:11, Eccl. 5:4, Mt. 23:18; Proverbs 20:25 But we are not to make rash vows without thinking them through. Unless we are certain we can keep a promise we make to God, we should never vow. Hannah made a vow, but then she kept the vow faithfully. End Chapter 1- She is not just sending her child away to boarding school. She is actually lending him to the Lord. She is entrusting her son to God to be taught for His use and His glory. This is not to be confused with sending a child away for a better education. 1 Samuel 2:18-19 Even though she was apart from her son most of the time, she still exerted a godly influence on him when she was with him, still showed her care for him. No matter how deep the trouble in our lives, we can always cry out to God for His help. He does hear His children and He will answer according to His will and in His timing. It is easy for us to be jealous of what someone else has but not appreciate what WE have ourselves. Peninnah had children, but she probably tormented Hannah because Elkanah loved her. From Eli who misjudged Hannah we learn not to be too hasty in our conclusions. Too often we wrong others by misinterpreting their motives. In Hannah’s mild and dignified defense of her character we learn how to defend our rights in all humility (see John 8:48, 49; Acts 26:24-26).
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