- 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 2
Hannah’s prayer and wickedness in the temple.
Hannah’s prayer (1-10) — Hannah witnessed to God almighty in her song of prayer. We read a similar song of prayer by virgin Mary, “Magnificate,” (Luke 1:46-55), beginning with, “My soul glorifies the Lord, comparing to Hannah’s song, “My heart rejoices in the Lord.”
Both women sing the wonder of God’s work. “The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up,” (1 Samuel 2:6). “He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. (Luke 1:51). They exalted the mercy of God. “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap.” (1 Samuel 2:8). “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” (Luke 1:50). Both women sing God’s new creation.
Wickedness in the temple (11-26) — Israel’s religious system at this time was the tribal confederation with Eli the high priest, and the temple was in Shiloh. Eli’s two son committed unlawful act in the temple, which was against the covenant of God. the evil conduct of Eli’s sons’ contrasts with the growing spirituality of Samuel (v.26).
The condemnation of the house of Eli was declining of priesthood of Eli and his descendants. And it indicated the arise of new priesthood by Zadok (v.35). The birth of Samuel, the first prophet in Israel, was a sign of arising of new era in Israel.
God called virgin Mary to give birth Messiah, as God opened Hannah’s barren womb to give birth the prophet Samuel.
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?