- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Samuel 1
The Birth of Samuel.
The first and second Samuel is the history book of Israel, beginning of the monarchy, how the establishment of the kingship was made, interpreting it as divine protection for God’s people of Israel. The final form of these two books, biblical scholar agreed, was compiled in the later day of the monarchy (750-650 BC) by post-exilic community.
The main figures in the first and second Samuel are Samuel, King Saul, and King David. Samuel was known as leader of the nation as the last judge and the first prophet in Israel’s history, before the monarchy began with King Saul. Israel was still tribal society having centralized religious practices with High priest and priests, and Shiloh where sacrifice was offered.
A barren woman, named Hannah bores unusual offspring as a special favor from God. Her agony reached to God in prayer in a form of heartfelt prayer without words (v.13). A silent form of prayer with uttering no words was heard by God. Her prayer was blessed by Eli, priest. She made a vow to God to dedicate her son to God as a Nazilite. (v.11). And in the course of time, God blessed her with conception.
The birth of Samuel was a sign of the beginning of new Israel, its religious life, as well as political and cultural life.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?