1 Samuel 1 Devotional Commentary

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1 Samuel 1:10

The book of Samuel was written in the times of the judges, when everyone did what was right in their own eyes. Despite the many ungodly behaviours and pagan customs that had infiltrated the camp, the gracious hand of God was ever present to bring good out of evil and to turn the hearts of His people back to a trusting faith in Him.

Hannah

1 Samuel 1:11

There are many beautiful instances in the Bible where barren women are blessed with a child. Our thoughts immediately turn to Sarah, the wife of Abraham through whom the promised Seed was to be born, and to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist who was born to be "the voice, crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare ye the way of the Lord Jesus.'"

We also recall Rebekah and Rachel, and in the book of Psalms we read that God "makes the barren read more...

1 Samuel 1:12

The life and times of Samuel, spans the period when Judges ruled over the nation of Israel until the times of the Kings. Samuel was the last of the nation's Judges and was the prophet who reluctantly anointed Israel's first king, at the insistence of the people. Samuel was consecrated to God as a Nazarite from his mother's womb: "No razor touched his head," and the event that led up to his conception and birth is a most beautiful example of God's grace, read more...