The Birth of Samuel (1 Samuel 1)

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Discussing this passage has been an interesting process. I’ve stopped trying to find meaning out of every detail in a Bible passage. I just enjoy the beauty of the truth. Yet, the Holy Spirit still points out the meaning behind the details. With that in mind, I’m going to show you how this passage shows us that God hears our cry that we aren’t experiencing life.
In this passage, a woman named Hannah is not having children, a type and shadow of our inability to produce life. She weeps over it, the same way we weep over the fact that we shall die. Her husband is an Ephraimite, part of a group that believes in life by our own works. This means she is married to the law system. It is the belief in life by our own works that brings about death.
Hannah cried out at a place named Shiloh. Shiloh means tranquility. It shares the same origin as shalom, which means peace, completeness, safety and soundness. Here is my teaching on peace. Eli, a priest, is the one who comforted her. His name means “high, above, ascended.” He is a type and shadow of Jesus, our ascended priest who is seated at the right hand of the Father.
The ascension of Jesus further confirms our standing with God. We have the same standing with God as Jesus. He is at the right hand of God, showing himself to be equal with God. We are equal with God. He is above sin and death. We are above sin and death. The father resurrected Jesus the same way he will resurrect us. We may experience this resurrection life now. As we meditate on the resurrection of Jesus and our future resurrection, the we feel peace and joy among the sin and death in the world.
Hannah experienced the voice of sin and death in the world. Her husband had another wife, Peninnah. She is a type and shadow of the law. The law is the belief that we must have life by our own works. It points to our inability to produce life the same way Peninnah taunted Hannah for not having kids.
Yet God heard Hannah’s cry and bore her a child. In the same way, God hears our cries that we aren’t seeing life and provides us a way to have life, the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus died in our sins and was resurrected. This is the ultimate proof that God will provide eternal life. God will resurrect those who believe in the resurrection of Jesus and love them for all eternity.
Even now we can enjoy eternal life, which Jesus defines as a personal relationship with God. Such a life produces the fruit of the Spirit and we are free from trying to produce life. This calms the flesh and we don’t have to turn to the works of the flesh to have life.
By the way, God did not close the womb of Hannah. The writer of 1 Samuel did not have full revelation of who God is, so he falsley blamed God for things God did not do.