God’s Redemption and Grace Revealed through the Story of Hannah
This message is not meant to be a comprehensive teaching but a simple outline of God’s redemption and grace revealed throughout the story of Hannah.
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1 Samuel Chapter 1
1 Samuel Chapter 1 (NIV) Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. 3 This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there. 4 And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the LORD had closed her womb.
6 And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the LORD had closed her womb. 7 So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat.8 Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?”
9 So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the LORD. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish. 11 Then she made a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” 12 And it happened, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli watched her mouth.
13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14 So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!” 15 But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. 16 Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.”
17 Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” 18 And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
19 Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. 20 So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel saying, “Because I have asked for him from the LORD.”
21-25 Talks about how Hannah stayed home with Samuel and weaned him and then in…
26 And she said, “O my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the LORD. 27 For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition, which I asked of Him. 28 Therefore I also have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD.” So they worshiped the LORD there.
The Lord Closed Hannah’s womb?
In 1 Sam 1:6 (NIV, KJV, AMP) they all say that ’God closed Hannah’s womb’. The (NLT) says… So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children.
But is this the truth not only for Hannah but also for us today?
It is important to note that any argument that uses Old Testament Scriptures to prove that God closes wombs, withholds children or causes suffering must be brought into the light of New Testament teaching. Otherwise reading the Old Testament “literally” will cause confusion concerning God’s will for this area of your life. This will also prevent you from knowing and trusting that God is love and is only good!
When reading about Hannah and other accounts in the Bible (especially the Old Testament) you need to take the following into consideration:-
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- Understanding Context (see below)
- God is our Redeemer
- The known Character of God
- The known will of God
To get the most out of what we read in the Bible, there are several things that we need to take into consideration (especially in the Old Testament) to rightly divide what we read. Understanding how to filter God’s Word through context is necessary if you want to get to see His plan of redemption at work in what you read.
We need to understand the context of:
- Who is speaking what to who and why?
- The times that the people lived in (such as their location, manners, sayings and customs).
- Are the words literal or is a “Figure of Speech” at play?
- The rest of the chapter and book – not just what the individual scripture(s) say.
- The known truth revealed in the message of the Bible as a whole (there is only one Salvation message – plan of redemption for mankind).
- The Covenant the people were under (are they under law, under grace or before the law?)
- Their world-view of God (their understanding of Him at that time).
To understand this can make a considerable difference to what we read!
Many do not realise that the Bible was written with progressive revelation and filtered through the people’s knowledge of God. This meant that many in the Old Testament did not know everything that we now know today about Him. When they would seek Him and cry out to Him for help, He would then reveal Himself to them. And if they listened He could show Himself strong and deliver them in that situation. However, their knowledge of His nature was very limited. So they did not know the fullness of what we now know today! Hannah and her family is one case in point.
1 Sam 3:1 (NKJV) Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.
The (Amp) says: … the word of the Lord was rare and precious in those days; there was no frequent or widely spread vision. And the (MSG) says: This was at a time when the revelation of God was rarely heard or seen.
Hannah lived in the time of the judges (before Israel had a King). During this time Israel was made up of a loose collection of tribes and peoples, each living and worshipping in their own way. There was no wide-spread revelation on God, which means that they were limited in their knowledge of God and His ways. In Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) God says: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. The (NLT) makes this scripture even clearer by stating My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. How sad!
Proverbs 29:18 (Amp) tells us that Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish. I love how the (Msg) interprets this verse: If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves;
but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
Today we are so incredibly blessed to have the Bible so that we can read the accounts of those who have gone before us and give us insight (and hopefully hindsight) so we don’t make the same mistakes. We have God’s plan of redemption for mankind revealed to us throughout the whole Bible. And as you learn how to rightly divide the Word of truth you will see this plan within every book!
If we want to know how to apply what the Bible says to our lives today, then we need to filter everything we read through the New Covenant. This can be found within the New Testament books from Romans to Jude.
And most importantly we also need to know Jesus and His Finished work. If we don’t understand all of this then we will miss the truth of what God has for us today.
When reading through the Old Covenant, always remember that we have a better Covenant based on better promises! Jesus came to reveal grace and truth to us!
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The word Truth in Greek is aletheia and means: reality, things as they really are. Moses, the judges, prophets and Kings did communicate truth but the truth that Jesus revealed wasn’t known before. The next verse in John 1 gives us some insight into this new truth that Jesus brought:
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only,who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
Only Jesus has made the Father known! Everyone else before Jesus did not know the true nature and character of God like Jesus did. Jesus and the Father are one! Jesus is also the image of God! And we see throughout the Gospels that Jesus revealed that God is good and that He was not the author of death, sickness, disease, murder, or the one who was destroying men’s lives.
When you understand the true nature and character of God and know how to filter what you read in the Old Testament you will realise that God is not the one who closed wombs or withheld children from His own Covenant children.
Note: I don’t have time to go into more detail here but I already have audio messages available that cover God’s plan for children:- God’s Plan for Pregnancy, Created for Fruitfulness, God is into Increase NOT decrease and Primary and Secondary Infertility – What does God say?
Infertility is NOT a curse from God!
Lev 26:9 I will look on you with favour and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.
Children are a gift, a reward and a blessing from God. Nowhere are we told that they are a curse and something that we need to fear or dread. However, if you do not know the nature of God and His truth (as revealed through the New Testament) and how to rightly divide what you read in the Old Testament then you will be left wondering whether God is on your side or if He will open or shut your womb.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says: Because a Hebrew man’s posterity was bound up in his having a son to perpetuate his name, his wife’s inability to conceive a son was regarded as a curse from God. According to Deut. 7:13-14 having children was a sign of God’s blessing. Conversely the Israelites considered the inability to bear children as a curse.
Note that this is NOT God cursing Hannah and Elkanah or preventing them from having children BUT rather this was their world-view of God at that time! I minister to women in different cultures today who still believe that they are cursed if they are unable to have children. However, this is NOT God’s truth! This is one of the reasons why we need to have some understanding of the Hebrew customs and mind-sets of the day so that we can put into context what we read. The people thought that God was withholding children so throughout the Old Testament we read different accounts of barren couples and it says that God closed their womb. But as we have already seen this was not the literal truth! It was true that they believed this and spoke and wrote everything down this way but it wasn’t the truth. This was just their world-view on who God was at that time, through their own limited understanding.
For more information see related post – Old Testament View of God
Hannah – the story of Grace unfolded
Now that we know that God does not close wombs or withhold children by breaking His Covenant promises lets continue with Hannah’s story…
Do not let the enemy Peninnah You!
[Verses 3-6] Peninnah was fruitful yet she would provoke Hannah and make her miserable. Every year as they went to the Tabernacle in Shiloh, Peninnah would remind Hannah of her barrenness. BUT regardless of Hannah’s inability to conceive Elkanah loved her and gave her a double portion (which in their custom a double-portion was given to distinguished guests).
It is amazing that when you are told you can’t have children, how many people around you fall pregnant! The TV, your local church, shopping mall, everywhere you go you see pregnant women, and babies. This can become a real thorn in the flesh to torment you. Not the people themselves but the enemy throws evil suggestions or we can become our own worst enemies when we only focus on the natural circumstances. So I encourage you to not let anything or anyone to become like a Peninnah to you!
See Related Post – Read more about Penninah here!
Elkanah’s Concern and Comfort
[Verses 8] Elkanah tried in vain to comfort Hannah by, asking, “Am I not better than having 10 sons?”
This is a figure of speech. The number 10 means complete, perfect and lacking nothing. So Elkanah was saying am I not enough, don’t I complete you?
See related post – Grace Revealed in Numbers
[Verses 9-12] Hannah prayed and made a vow that if God would grant her request she would give her son to the Lord to serve Him for as long as he lived. “Give me a son, and I’ll give you my son!” This dedication of her son was not something that Hannah made up but rather was a commitment to the Nazirite vow, described in Numbers 6:1-8. It was the same vow made by the parents of Samson when they dedicated him to the Lord under similar circumstances (Jud. 13:2-5). Samuels’ name means ‘name of God’ or ‘heard of God’ (1 Sam 1:20) and this is a continual reminder of God’s redeeming grace to all who call upon His name.
Note: Rules for vows under the Law can be found in Num 30:2-15.
[Verses 21-23] At the next annual festival Elkanah went to Shiloh to offer sacrifice to the Lord, but this time he also paid his vow to the Lord. This payment of the vow must have consisted of the offering of Samuel himself whom Elkanah (and Hannah) had promised to give for the answer of their prayers for a son (Lev. 27:1-8; Num. 30:1-8)
Hannah found Grace!
1 Sam 1:17-18 (KJV) Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
When Hannah made known to Eli that she had made a request to God, He pronounced Go in peace! Being the high priest, he had the authority to bless her in the name of the Lord, saying The God of Israel grant thee thy petition, that thou hast asked of him.
Go in peace was not just a nice greeting. Eli was pronouncing a blessing upon Hannah!
Go in Peace!
Peace is the Hebrew word Shalom and means: completeness, soundness, welfare and wholeness in every area of your life.
The Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains (Hebrew Old testament) says of shalom; 1. peace, prosperity, i.e., an intact state of favorable circumstance; 2. completeness, i.e., the state of a totality of a collection; 3. safeness, salvation, i.e., a state of being free from danger; 4. health, i.e., a state of lack of disease and a wholeness or well-being; 5. satisfaction, contentment, i.e., the state of having one’s basic needs or more being met and so being content; 6. friend, companion, i.e., one who has an association with another with affection or regard; 7. blessing, i.e., the content of the act. of giving kindness to another; 8. (yhwh šā∙lôm) Yahweh is Peace, i.e., the name of an altar (Jdg 6:24); 9. (śǎr šā∙lôm) Prince of Peace, i.e., the name of messiah (Isa 9:5).
Therefore, the meaning of Shalom Peace is one of total completion and fulfillment—of entering into a state of wholeness. So Eli was declaring to Hannah ‘Go, be healthy and whole!’
Jesus is the Prince of Peace!
God’s Plan of Redemption is the same throughout the whole Bible because Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever! So just like Eli pronounced a blessing of ‘Go in peace’ to Hannah we see Jesus doing the same thing in the New Covenant. To the woman who poured an alabaster jar of perfume over Jesus feet He said “Your faith has saved you; go in peace’ (Luke 7:49-50) and to the woman with the issue of blood who came, touched Jesus and received healing He also said ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace’ (Luke 8:48). Luke 7 is the account of one woman receiving forgiveness of sins and in Luke 8 the other received physical healing and wholeness in her body! So the Good News is that Jesus still declares to those who come to Him ‘Go, be healthy and whole!’ today!
The High Priest declared Hannah Whole!
This is a beautiful account of God’s redemption, restoration and grace! The story is simple: i) Hannah prayed, ii) the High Priest heard and responded (acted on her behalf) by iii) declaring her whole and the result is iv) Hannah is a joyful mother of children!
There is a New Testament Scripture that shows the confidence that we can have when we approach God…
1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
When Hannah heard the answer from Eli she was no longer sad! She knew that as the High Priest he had gone before her – so she now saw herself with the answer rather than without it! She believed what Eli had said.
Hannah FOUND GRACE in the Lord! She had said to Eli ‘Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight’ and this is exactly what she received! He declared, ‘Go, be healthy and whole!
What is God’s Grace?
Grace in a nutshell is undeserved Favour from God. None of us deserve God’s goodness because of our fallen nature BUT God has chosen to bless us not based on our performance but because of His great love for us! He sent His son, Jesus, into this fallen world to redeem mankind from everything that had come into the world through the fall. Jesus freely laid down His life for us. He died so that we can Live! He came to give us Life and Life more Abundantly! Salvation (forgiveness, healing, deliverance, provision and preservation from danger) is a FREE GIFT for all who believe in Jesus! Grace is your ONLY qualifier! Your good works or your performance does not qualify you but simply believing in Jesus and resting in His Finished work does!
Eph 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Grace is not just undeserved favour but is the fullness of who Jesus is and also what He has freely done for us. Under the Law, righteousness was dependant on the people’s performance and on their ability to keep the law, whereas under our New Covenant righteousness comes by faith (believing in Jesus)! Righteousness in our New Covenant is based on Jesus performance – a FREE GIFT – not based on our goodness but on God’s great love for us!
Put simply grace is the FREE PROVISION of Jesus and His Finished work!
Grace is a FREE gift!
Heb 4:6 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
2 Cor 9:8 (Amp) And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
All throughout the Epistles such as in 1 Cor 1:3, and 2 Cor 1:2 the Apostle Paul wrote: ‘Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ’. Today we casually throw words around and use them any old how and if we view Scripture in the same light we can miss a powerful truth that is being communicated. In Biblical times words were powerful and they both communicated and released a spiritual truth! Paul knew firsthand how awesome God’s grace and peace was and this was infused within all of his letters. Remember that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever so you too can ‘go in peace’ and ‘find grace’ in your time of need!
- Go in Peace means “Go, be healthy and whole!”
- Find Grace is all about the Free gift of Jesus, which includes the fullness of who He is and what He has already purchased for you through His finished work!
Hannah’s story is a picture of how God’s grace is given to those who trust in Him!
Over the years I have heard a lot of teaching on the story of Hannah BUT most have focussed on Hannah and on how she prayed and suggest we follow what she did: everything from having a broken spirit, a deep cry of the heart or of deep sorrowful repentance. But Hannah did not receive her breakthrough as a result of the way she prayed! Think about this – Hannah was crushed by her circumstances, she had been provoked to the point of being miserable and she was so distressed that she could no longer eat. She had nothing left within herself so she went to the tabernacle to pray. Hannah had travelled for the yearly Jewish festival so she was in town and close to the tabernacle at this time. She went where she knew she could find answers and hope. She went to the tabernacle, where God’s presence dwelt and she poured out her heart to Him.
James 4:8 says to draw near to God and He will draw near to you! Please know that it is not that God leaves us because He has promised to always be with us! He longingly waits for us to come to Him so that He can reveal Himself and deliver us in our time of need. If you understand God’s nature of love, He cannot just come in and take over and fix things because He has given us a free will. Additionally, the message version of 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that ‘Love Doesn’t force itself on others’ and the New Living Translation says that ‘Love does not demand it’s own way!’ God’s nature of love means that He does not force His own will or way upon us. It is up to us wether we are going to come and listen to Him or go our own way and try to fix things in our own strength. And generally speaking this is exactly what happens in our lives! We usually wear ourselves out trying to fix things ourselves, exhausting all-things medical and natural before we come to God for answers. Praise God that His love is unconditional! He is our Abba (which means daddy), Father and the moment we draw near to Him, He will draw near and reveal Himself to us. And if you know who He is by name He reveals Himself as redeemer, healer and Restorer!
See Related Post – God our Redeemer
Hannah received Grace! it was not Hannah’s ability or performance that brought her breakthrough. Besides coming and praying to the Lord the only other part she played was acting on what she believed by laying with her husband! Always remember that under our New Covenant that our prayers don’t move God but rather they move us into what God has already freely provided. Hannah poured out her heart to the Lord, Eli judged and responded as the High Priest and declared her whole, by saying ‘go in peace’ (1 Samuel 1:9-20). So Hannah’s breakthrough did not come from Hannah praying the right prayer but on God’s Goodness and Redeeming Grace! Samuel came by God’s GRACE!
NOW this is where the story gets REALLY EXCITING…
The Judgment Seat
Eli was both a High Priest and a judge at Shiloh!
1 Sam 1:9 So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the LORD.
Manners and Customs of the Bible says: In some parts of the ancient Middle East, a seat was placed in the courtyard where the master of the house sat and gave judgment on all domestic affairs. This seat was usually placed in some shady part of the court, against a wall or column. Thus in the text Eli “was sitting on a chair by the doorpost.” David sat upon a seat by the wall (1 Samuel 20:25 KJV). These seats probably had no backs, and were therefore placed near the post or wall for support. Thus we are told that Eli fell backward from his seat at the gate and died (1 Samuel 4:18). The Assyrian monuments have many representations of such backless seats.
Eli, the high priest and judge sat upon a seat in the temple, to oversee what was done there. The tabernacle here is called the temple, because it was fixed and served all the purposes of a temple. Eli sat by the doorpost to receive addresses and also to give direction (make judgments). When he observed Hannah at first he misjudged her unusual manner because he thought she was drunk, and spoke to her accordingly. BUT when Hannah came and explained herself, He judged her rightly!
Jesus our Great High Priest!
Jesus now officiates at the altar for us through His one off sacrifice! He has already provided for us through His Finished Work of the Cross!
Heb 9:11-12 (NKJV) But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
Redemption is not just the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 2:7, Col 1:14b)! Jesus has redeemed us in every area life. He has redeemed mankind from ALL the effects of sin. Jesus, was the last Adam who came and took away upon Himself everything that the first Adam brought upon us.
Do you know what this means?! Barrenness was JUDGED by the high priest – he pronounced Hannah “WHOLE” (which means to be fruitful). Her request was heard and answered! Remember ‘Go in peace’ means to be complete and sound and to go in wholeness!
At FIRST Eli judged Hannah wrongly! He judged her after the flesh – just like the law does under the Old Covenant. BUT when the High Priest judged her rightly, she was redeemed (healed, delivered, prospered and made whole) by GRACE. In the presence of Jehovah (our redeemer) Hannah found provision, healing, righteousness, victory and peace (wholeness)!
See Related post Jesus our Great High Priest
Willmingtons Bible Handbook says: As in Genesis 8:1 and Exodus 2:24, the Hebrew word sometimes translated “remember” (1:11, KJV, NIV) does not mean “to recall” but rather “to pay special attention to.” Paul used the corresponding Greek verb in a similar way when he talked about remembering the poor (Gal. 2:10).
So “God remembered” does not mean that God forgot Hannah. He paid special attention to her. Why? Because Hannah met the High Priest and he acted on her behalf! She had ceased from her self-effort and had come to Him! She drew near to God, so He then drew near to her!
John 14:13-14 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Grace upon Grace!
2 Pet 1:2b (Amp) May grace (spiritual blessing) and peace be given you in increasing abundance, that spiritual peace to be realized in and through Christ, freedom from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts.
The Grace of God is revealed through names and numbers!
Grace Revealed in Names
Names were important in the Bible – they tell us a story (see www.behindthename.com)
Name and Meaning
Elkanah means God Purchased
Hannah means Grace and Favour
Peninah means Precious stone
Eli means Ascended (High Priest)
Samuel means God has heard (prophet)
God purchased (Elkanah) had 2 wives; Grace (Hannah) and a Precious stone (Penninah)! These both speak of Jesus.
See Related Penninah Precious stone or Stumbling stone?
When Hannah came to God to pour out her heart, she came seeking grace from the High Priest. So Grace (Hannah) found Grace in the High Priest’s sight!
Many focus on Hannah’s suffering but they forget to read the end of the book on her life. Doctrines today are formed out of one or two Scriptures on Hannah’s story BUT keep on reading because when Hannah met the High Priest He judged her condition and declared her whole so that Hannah was barren NO MORE!
Hannah was NOT barren, she was a joyful mother of children!
1 Sam 2:18-21 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod. 19 Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 And Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “The LORD give you descendants from this woman for the loan that was given to the LORD.” Then they would go to their own home. 21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the LORD.
Grace Revealed in Numbers!
Remember that Numbers in Scripture tell us something….
Hannah had 5 MORE CHILDREN!!!
This is a perfect picture of God’s grace because the number 5 in the Bible means GRACE!!!
Hannah (grace) found grace and had Samuel. She gave him to the Lord and then received grace upon grace because she had 5 more children!
Hannah wasn’t barren – she had 6 children! Hannah found grace upon grace!
Through Jesus we also have grace upon grace!
John 1:16 (Amp) For out of His fullness, abundance, we have all received, all had a share and we were all supplied with one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift, heaped upon gift.
See Related post: – Grace Revealed in Numbers
Focus on the ANSWERS!
This message is not to draw attention to the condition or on Hannah’s performance but rather to draw attention to the answer and solution!
Many focus on Hannah’s cry, her prayer or on her barren condition and they look to human suffering throughout the Bible in an effort to find answers and hope. But answers aren’t found in human suffering but in the one who redeemed and restored the situation. Our redeemer lives! Jesus came to reveal the true nature of the Father and also to reveal the role of the adversary. He told us that Satan is the thief who is destroying men’s lives and that He comes only to destroy. But Jesus came to redeem us and to give us LIFE more abundantly (see Acts 10:38, 1 John 3:8, John 10:10).
God never intended mankind to suffer, to be sick or to live a barren life!
Prov 30:15b-16 (NLT) There are three things that are never satisfied—no, four that never say, “Enough!”: 16 the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire.
The Bible tells us that the barren womb will never be satisfied. Why? Because God did not create the womb to be barren! Barrenness is NOT His plan for mankind. He created us with everything we needed in our bodies to go forth, to be fruitful and to multiply! There are many scriptures throughout the Bible that reveal that this is still God’s continued plan and purpose for mankind. And remember that every godly couple in the Bible who cried out to God conceived and had children! So why go to the Old Testament to find God’s will on barrenness by focussing on someone’s suffering?! We need to look to the end from the beginning and focus on their solution! Go to Jesus, our great High priest who HAS redeemed us and has made us WHOLE!
Jesus HAS REDEEMED us from the effects of suffering! He has redeemed us from the curse of the law of sin and death. He became sin and took upon Himself all the consequences and manifestations of sin. He bore sickness and disease upon His body and paid the price once, for all sin, for all sickness and disease, for all mankind and for all time!
Through Jesus there is always a way out!
Remember Our New Covenant!
We approach God differently today under our New Covenant of Grace as the body of Christ to how the people approached God under the Law.
Our New Covenant is a better Covenant based on better promises than the Old Covenant! See Hebrews chapter 8:10-13 for the terms of our New Covenant!
When you understand Jesus Finished work you will realise that everything that Jesus purchased for us is not a promise BUT is a provision! So do not base your doctrines on what men and women in the Old Testament said or did during their time of suffering. Remember they had limited knowledge and understanding on God and their world-view on Him under their Covenant was not always correct. Fix your eyes on Jesus because when you go to Him, like Hannah, you will be made whole!
Jesus is Enough!
I therefore encourage you to look to Jesus and His Finished work and not on your present condition! Also do not focus on Hannah’s suffering and barrenness but focus on her solution! Jesus is our great High priest that has gone ahead of us and redeemed us from barrenness and has made us whole! Infertility, miscarriage and whatever causes these are simply different forms of sickness and disease. Jesus paid the price for ALL FORMS of sickness and disease on the Cross!
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Jesus is our Provision! We have everything we need in Jesus. He is our all-in-all. We don’t have to go to God to ‘ask Him’ for what He has ALREADY freely given to us! Many of us are waiting on God BUT He is waiting on us to partake in and to ENJOY the fullness of what Jesus died to purchase for us! The provision and inheritance is already ours in Christ!
Rom 8:31-32 (Amp) If God is for us, who can be against us? Who can be our foe, if God is on our side? 32He who did not withhold or spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all other things.
Focus on JESUS the author and perfecter of your Faith!
Heb 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
God’s Grace (free provision of Jesus) is enough!
Matt 5:8 (Amp) Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous–possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
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