top of page

Complexity of Relationship

1 Samuel 1:21-28 | Part 3



1st John 4:7-10

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.


1st Samuel 1:21-28

When Elkanah and all his household went up to make the annual sacrifice and his vow offering to the Lord, 22 Hannah did not go and explained to her husband, “After the child is weaned, I’ll take him to appear in the Lord’s presence and to stay there permanently.”

  • God has given Hannah her desire

  • To have a child

  • A faithful family

  • Elkanah leads his family in worshipping God

  • Hannah honors her husband by explaining what she had been called to do

  • Obedience in communication

23 Her husband, Elkanah, replied, “Do what you think is best, and stay here until you’ve weaned him. May the Lord confirm your word.” 

  • We don’t know what the “word” is

  • We do know Elkanah encourages and supports his wife and her decision

  • Men, are you an ENCOURAGING, SUPPORTIVE husband/dad?

1st Thessalonians:5-9-11

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.

  • Christian, the wrath of God has been removed, and salvation through Jesus has been given to you!

  • Alive or Dead…we live with Christ and for Christ!

  • Therefore…ENCOURAGE!! BUILD UP!!

  • Obedience in care for one another

So Hannah stayed there and nursed her son until she weaned him. 24 When she had weaned him, she took him with her to Shiloh, as well as a three-year-old bull, half a bushel of flour, and a clay jar of wine. Though the boy was still young, she took him to the Lord’s house at Shiloh. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull and brought the boy to Eli.

  • 2-4 years of age, a child was weaned

  • Able to eat solid food

  • Num. 15:8–10 lists these three things as what you sacrifice when a vow is fulfilled, Bull, flour, wine. This was expensive

  • Let’s talk about the humanity in this passage

  • Would this be easy to do? I think almost impossible

1st Samuel 15:22

And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.

  • Two part:

  • Obedience is greater than sacrifice

  • AND listening is greater than food

Proverbs 21:3

Doing what is righteous and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

26 “Please, my lord,” she said, “as surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked him for, 28 I now give the boy to the Lord. For as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.” Then he worshiped the Lord there.

  • Eli had not seen Hannah in maybe 5 years

  • She reintroduces herself

  • She follows through on what she had said she would do

  • God gave Hannah a child. Hannah gave the child back to God.

  • Hannah has integrity. She did what she said she would do

100 verses

  • WOW!



bottom of page