From Barrenness and Sorrow to Fruitfulness and Worship

Text: I Samuel 1
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: March 16, 2008

I Samuel begins with the story of Hannah – a barren woman whose husband apparently took on a second wife so that an heir could be produced. In her misery she cries out to God who hears and answers in a glorious way.

But I Samuel 1 is not merely Hannah’s story. It is the story of Israel in the days of the Judges – barren and fruitless, divided, oppressed by the Philistines. Hannah’s son does not merely deliver her from her predicament. More importantly, Samuel is the prophet and kingmaker who will anoint the great king who will lead Israel to her greatest earthly glory. The deliverance which begins with Hannah’s story points to a greater deliverance which would take place over 1000 years later – when a prophet who resembles Samuel would point us to the Son of David who will reign forever.

Posted on March 16th, 2008 | Permalink