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1 Samuel 1:1-2:11

1 Samuel 1:1-2:11

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Sermon: From Depression to Cheerfulness
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11

I. Hannah’s plight:

1. No children (the “LORD-managed” crisis) (1:5)
2. Ridicule and constant provocation (1:6)
3. Constant tears and grief as a result of ridicule and continued provocation (1:7)
4. Insensitive/imperceptive husband (1:8)
5. Deeply distressed [“in bitterness of soul” most likely psychological pain] (1:10)
6. Being misunderstood by none other than Eli, the priest (1:13-14)
7. Under stress “difficult day” (1:15)
8. Deep pain and anguish (1:16)
9. This passage is all about “shame and humiliation”

II. Hannah’s handling of her situation

1. She did not respond to her rival’s ridicules and provocations, but
2. Poured her heart before the LORD (1:10-11, 15) [“pouring out” is equivalent to “trust”]
3. Found strength in God (1:16-19)

III. The LORD favored her with a baby boy (1:20)

1. Hannah’s crisis was God-managed
2. The LORD had a purpose behind her predicament
3. Just as the crisis was “God-managed,” Hannah handled her crisis spiritually

IV. Hannah never forgets that she is just a steward of something belongs to God (1:20-28)

1. She made a prenatal vow to the LORD
2. She named her son “Samuel”—“I asked the LORD”
3. She gives up the right to have him with her, but happily gives Samuel back to the LORD (1:24-28; Romans 12:1)
4. It was purely her decision, which Eli honored (1:22-23)

V. Hannah’s crisis is turned around (2:1)

1. She exults in the LORD
2. Her strength is revived in the LORD (cf. 2:4) [“horn” refers to regaining one’s pride]
3. She turns the table around the tormentors
4. She rejoices in the LORD

VI. For Hannah, worship and dedication came from her understanding of the LORD (2:1-11) [from her theology]

1. The LORD is holy (2:2)
2. The LORD is the God of knowledge and trustworthy (1:3)
3. The LORD cares for the feeble, hungry, and those ridiculed (2:4-5)
4. The LORD gives life and saves people from Sheol (2:6)

VII. Principles we learn from Hannah

1. Parents are heritage builders

a. Hannah was a prayer warrior 1:10, 12, 26, 27; so was Samuel 7:5; 8:6; 12:19, 23
b. Hannah played an important role in shaping the faith and history of the nation Israel
c. True power is not in one’s position in society (a barren woman), but one’s posture before God

2. Hannah provides us with a good model for stewardship

a. All that we have is from God; we only take them from God to give them back to Him
b. How we give reflects our worship and dedication

3. Prayer protects us from emotional break down
4. With God’s help, one can turn the table around
5. One spiritual maturity may be measured in how they handle their emotions
6. Decisions where God is at the center and priority have longlasting effects

VIII. Jesus invites those who are weary and heavy-laden that He promises rest (Matt 11:28)

TAKE AWAY

Protect yourself from emotional breakdowns by pouring your hearts to the Triune God

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org