We have a lot of things to discuss tonight, I pray the Holy Spirit help us to cover a lot of ground.
There are a lot silent chapters of the life of Samuel especially before he was birthed. There are lots of components comprising the life of Samuel which I referred to as the anatomy of his life.
When we read the Bible; it is good for us to stop, rewind, analyse, meditate on some things in the scriptures before moving on to another verse, chapter or book as it fits. I have been reading the whole book of Samuel not less than 3-4 times in my life, not until I asked the Holy Spirit to take me through a deep spiritual excursion in the book of 1Samuel chapter 1. I believe you will like me to share with you how the journey went; places we went, the sights we saw and many more were all expository fun.
We are looking at the anatomy of the life of Samuel
Anatomy is an examination of what something is like, or why something happened the way it is.
There are 28 verses in the book 1 Samuel chapter one and each of the verse comes with its own lesson. Let us sit back and allow the word of God illuminate our darkest heart for change tonight. Hope we are with our writing materials
Verse 1: Your root is always your root.
Your root is your fountain, your source, your foundation, your beginning, where you hailed from. Your root is your spring, your genesis, where you evolved from, your origin. Your root could be the land of your nativity or the people that gave birth to you.
Elkanah and Hannah were parts of the root of Samuel. Elkanah from the Hebrew translation means “God has obtained/God has possessed. It is taken from 2 Hebrew words “El” meaning Almighty or God and “Qanar” which mean to possess or own something. Hannah on the other hand which means favor or grace in Hebrew is “ckannar.” You can imagine, what the product of God’s possession and grace will be; no wonder God did not allow any of his words to fall on empty ground. I Samuel 3:19.
Elkanah happens to be a ruler in the time of king Ahaz. He was the son of Jehoram (a Levite). I Chronicles 7:27-28.That shows that priesthood was in the blood of Samuel even before birth. His lifetime assignment wasn’t an accident or mistake. He was only divinely nominated to cover for his father where his father missed it.
The kind of people your parents are can either make you or destroy you. If you don’t deal with your root, it will deal with you; because the root of many especially in Africa is deeply entrenched in idolatry and mammonism. It is not our fault, it is the way we were wired by our foundation. In fact, our immediate parents does not have control over it; they also inherited it from their parents.
Verse 2: Delay is not Denial
In the calendar of God, there’s a perfect time, a right time or appointed time. It is because God usually choose the best and uses the best. Abraham had delay, because God wanted to use the best (Isaac) not Ishmael. Isaac had delay because of Jacob, Rachel because of Joseph.
In every family, there’s always a special seed. His or her birth, qualities, potential will be distinct from others.This special seeds are always faced with one challenges or the other; either before birth or after birth. Nobody heard about other children of Elkanah in the Bible, because God has picked His choice!
Verse 3: Being Religious is not the same as Personal Encounter!
1 Samuel 1:3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
Elkanah observed yearly ceremonial attendance to Shiloh without being sensitive to the need of his wife. The top officials at the occasion of worship of the Almighty were rogues, crooks and thugs (Hophni and Phinehas); of course we know there impact on the temple of God.
Many of us Christians grow up in church but did not grow up in Christ, we know hymns but we don’t know Him!
What is our attendance and service in church then, is it not ceremonial? Elkanah cannot stand in gap for his wife despite the fact that he was also a Levite by tribe, but he can offer sacrifice. All he does is to offer sacrifice on behalf of himself and family, pay his vow to God and share portion among his wife.They will eat, drink and return back to his city. Isaac interceded for his wife, yet he was not a priest or Levite; that is personal encounter.
Your ceremonial or religious attendance to church will not take you anywhere until you cry for an encounter! Pinging and twitting during service, instagraming and viskitting your own moment to get more likes and followers when sermon is on, updating status and adding to your story on Facebook are all sign that you have spiritual malaria. You need a checkup through spiritual encounter and let me tell you, you need to do that as fast as possible.
Verse 4: Learn to Observe time and Season
1 Samuel 1:4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
Despite the fact that Elkanah was not very deep in the things of the spirit, he understands the tone of time. He did the right thing at the right time. He even prioritize his ceremonial attendance to Shiloh than any other thing. I have attended Christian conferences where we are asked to worship God and minister in the spirit and you see some men of God blasting in tongues with iPads in their hands to video people. I will ask myself; are this people charging themselves or their charging their iPad? Are they connecting to the spirit of God or they making a showoff with their iPad? Misplacement of priority.
Why some people are in church is to come and show their new outfit or to snap some shots; either of themselves or of a designer they newly saw. Many youth don’t go to church with their Bibles, some don’t even care to have one; because of the one on their phone that they have never opened since the day they installed it.
Verse 5: Assorted meal with Tears is Useless
1 Samuel 1:5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
What was the essence of worthy portion without happiness. Insensitivity on the part of the husband.
Many people are covering a lot of pain with clothes, tears with makeups and sore with shoes. Many of us are not also sensitive to the need of our environment. Sensitivity to the emotions and feelings of our spouse, fiance, parents, children, friends and family is very important. There are times some persons may want to be left alone, let them be.There are times that your own method, idea, advice, care or hospitality may not be what the other person needs. Don’t try to be possessive or domineering because you want them to feel that you care.
Verse 6: Your adversity will either make or mar you
1 Samuel 1:6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
Polygamous home is the citadel of witchcraft. A place of battle for survival. In that context; rivalry, envy, jealousy, adversity and craftiness is the order of the day. Adversary is someone unfavorable; An antagonist in purpose or effect; Someone hostile; Actively opposing one’s interests or wishes; Doing contrary to one’s welfare; Acting against; Working in an opposing direction; Adverse criticism.
This situation makes Hannah to be fret.To be fret is to be worried, discomfited, be disturbed, to be perplexed, agitated, to be angry or vexed. When situation of life stood as adversary to you also. Rise through it, don’t let it mar you.
Verse 7: When the Jubilation of your adversaries get to the peak; their fall is just Around the Corner.
1 Samuel 1:7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
Year after year Peninnah was provoking Hannah and was tempting her sore. She wept every year, probably every month, week or even daily. But something happened, she stopped eating. At that point there is scene of reflection, stand still! The jubilation of the enemy was at its peak, but to Hannah the reflection started, the meditation, rumination began. Just like the prodigal stood still and asked himself question. “Which many of my father’s servant live the kind of life I’m living here”, they enjoy more. Hannah talked to herself; my name is favour, people call me grace, how come am I not favoured, why is that I’m not graceful?
Verse 8: You can’t replace Needs with Wants
1 Samuel 1:8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
Your wants is never ending and satisfying, it is only your needs that are met and hence fulfilment sets in. That Hannah is Mrs Elkanah, does not make her Mama Elkanah. How will Elkanah mean more than 10 sons to Hannah? Can he run errands for her, will he call her mummy? Impossible! Don’t accept what the enemy is offering you, fight for your right!
Verse 9: Until you arise; shinning is a sensory or pictorial imagination
It is a pity that how marvellous the shinning of some people will be; it was birthed in their brain, crawl there, walk there, grew there became old there and eventually die there! It never come to physical manifestation! Hannah Rose up and the story changed!
1 Samuel 1:9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
This time she became desperate, because it was already over for the jubilation of the adversaries. Until you arise, adversity will not bow. And without adversity bowing, shinning is not possible!
Verse 10: Without pain there’s no Gain
1 Samuel 1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
Pain is part of the price for gain. If you don’t pay the price, you can’t get the results. First, Hannah stop eating. Second, she refused to be consoled. Third, she arose. Forth, she took a step!
The battle does not end because you arise alone. You must stand and fight. Many of us throw one or two bullet at the enemy, because he’s wounded we start jubilating. No, it does not work that way. You deal with the devil, until there’s no more strength in him and he totally gives up.
Verse 11: Learn the mechanics of Prayer
1 Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
She vowed. And make her request known. She tied herself to a condition, not giving God a condition.
What many of us practice in the name of prayer is not prayer at all. When last did you sow seed first before asking God for a thing? When last did you say a vow before requesting anything from God? We only want to get all the share without giving God His own share.Things are not done that way.
I pray God will open our eyes of understanding in Jesus name. Amen
Nowadays, it always God me, me, me. Even the worship and thanksgiving that does not cause us money, we can’t give to Him effectively. Gone are the days that we go to church in our best attire and it became very dirty, because we rolled on uncemented floor for God. We are not ashamed of wearing dirty clothes back home. But what happen today, if ushers fail to clean the chair very well and you got little stain, you embarrassed them as if it is your father’s company.
Verse 12: And it come to Pass
1 Samuel 1:12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.
It come to pass means afterwards, after some time, later after a continuation. That is persistency. Persistency leads to prevailing in prayer. Constant knocking at the door, will make the owner of the house open to you. Whether to abuse you, shout at you, send you away or attend to you. At least the door will be open unto you because you keep knocking.
Verse 13: Deep groaning begat bountiful Results
1 Samuel 1:13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
Hannah prayed in a way that even the priest could not decode. It was interpreted for her as drunkenness. She groan, only her lips was moving. She did not disturb anybody, no much grammar; the host heaven were busy running up and down.
You can see the posture of a prayer there. A prayer warrior, her words are replaced with deep, agonising sounds (like a machine gun or when you are making Popcorn; you here ‘paa, gbim, poo, Khaa,’ e.t.c). Only few person can decode this as I am speaking.
Let me tell you this; the next kind of prayer that the fears devil fears after speaking in tongues is agonising prayer (groaning), because it comes from the heart within. You can’t be groaning and be distracted, not possible.
Verse 14: The assumption of a fat priest
1 Samuel 1:14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
There are lots of fat priest in the kingdom of God today, those that Jesus referred to as wolves in sheep’s clothing. They milk the sheep without leftover, they feed the sheep with spiritual junks. They are not sensitive to need of the flock neither do they protect them from danger.
Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
Because they themselves don’t even pray in the spirit or from the spirit, they see deep prayers as strange thing. And they will caution you not to go to that extent.
Jeremiah 10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
They don’t sought the Lord, so their members are suffering. The funniest part of it is that; they allow the devil to use them as a tool against the good work they have started.
Jeremiah 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
A fat priest will not pray in the night. A fat priest will not joke with his stomach (he ate until he develops pot belly and could not walk about again). It is a fat priest that sleeps with his members as if he is marking register. A fat priest is spiritually blind. They don’t understand the things of spirit. Eventually, the fat priest will break their nest as a result of too much consumption of carnality.
It is a pity that, unknown to many of us; we worship under a priest with broken neck. How can they defend the flock, rather they depend on the flock for survival? Also, there are some of us with spiritual POP around our neck that we called clergy’s collar. Because, we were still alive, we think that we are still fit instead of us to cry to God for help before it is too late.
When it was too late for Eli to seek spiritual help, he was rejected. And by the time his neck got broken, there was no remedy. He just died at the spot, all started with fatness of the priest.
Verse 15: The response of a warrior
1 Samuel 1:15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
I said earlier that the next kind of prayer that the devil fears after speaking in tongues was agonising prayer. The devil could not understand or hear what Hannah was saying and there is no way he could achieve that, except by using the available fat priest. No wonder, the idle hand is the devil’s best tool; this time it was not only idle hand but leg was involved. He asked a question that could trigger anger in the woman, but the woman was wise enough to respond calmly. Remember, she was lost in the spirit, no distraction, no carnality at the moment and the devil could not see through. The devil can use your child, parents, husband or wife or even your respected pastor to distract you at the point that your prayers are about to be answered.
See how the prayer warrior woman responded to the devil’s question:
- No, my Lord (humility)
I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit (holy desperacy)
I have drunk……. no strong drink (full control)
…… poured out my soul….(discreet).
I believe the devil left the scene with disappointment. Because he did not hear what he wanted to hear. She did not talk out her need, she did not reveal her dialogue with God to the devil (wisdom in praying).
Verse 16: Submitting your file for endorsement
1 Samuel 1:16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
Hannah just simply expressed in this verse that; sir, what is in my heart is too much to describe or explain. “All I know is that, I have put up a memo that is succinct and explicit; you can go through it sir.” Wisdom that begat calmness in the midst of opposition.
Verse 17: The Priestly or Prophetic Seal
1 Samuel 1:17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
God is always faithful to His promise and covenant. His gift is without repentance. So, whether a fat priest, a blind Prophet or a pastor with a broken neck. You still need the seal of higher authority at a particular time in your life. Whether the pastor is right or wrong, that is between him and God. You just need a word of seal from an anointed office. You must deal with your challenges on your own personal altar before seeking for a pastor to pray for you or with you.
I was telling them at a Christian gathering that; if you ask me that “pastor are you praying or pastor be praying for me o”. I will answer yes I am or I will; but to be honest, my own prayer will only fertilize your already said prayers.
Verse 18: Faith response; Faith attitude
1 Samuel 1:18 And 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.
The woman received the word of faith and put on an attitude of faith equally.
👉🏼Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight.
👉🏼She went her way and did eat.
👉🏼She was no more sad.
That is faith attitude as a result of faith response!
Verse 19: The miracle Begins
1 Samuel 1:19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
When you put your faith to work, miracle will begin to manifest. Faith is the catalyst that speeds up the rate answer to your request.
Verse 20: The favorable Encounter or Unforgettable Encounter
1 Samuel 1:20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
Grace is defined as unmerited favour. Remember one of the faith response of Hannah; let thine handmaid find grace. It was an encounter. So, when the miracle finally manifested; she did not forget her encounter. She called his name ‘Samuel’ (the child of my encounter, the result or the product of my dialogue).
Verse 21: God Never Comes Late
1 Samuel 1:21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.
Look at how time flies; just now we are reading about Elkanah meeting his wife after they return from Shiloh. She conceived and bare a child, now one year has completed.The boy is one year old. God come in His own perfect time. God’s timing is different from ours. He never comes late and He’s never slow! A day in His sight is like a thousand years before God and a thousand years in our sight is just like a day before Him.
Verse 22: Dear, I mean Business Here
1 Samuel 1:22 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever.
There’s is a proverb in my dialect which says; “the child that poo may forget but the hand that cleared it will not forget.” Others may forget about the miracle, the encounter; but not like Hannah. She told her husband that she mean business with the God that turned her reproach to rejoice.
Let us look at her response again:
👉🏼Dear, I will not go with you
👉🏼 Until the child is weaned
👉🏼 And I will make him appear before the Lord
👉🏼He will abide there forever!
Verse 23: Okay, soothe yourself
1 Samuel 1:23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.
Her husband thought that she can not fulfill the word of her mouth. Just the way other people make vows and violates it. It was a time of preparation, a time of nurturing, a time of initiation. It was a time of inculcation for Samuel, a time of spiritual dedication. Many of us will vow to God and forget to pay our vows after our prayers have been answered. But it was not so in the case of Hannah.
Verse 24: The Silent Verse that triggers the Testimony
1 Samuel 1:24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.
Look at all the vow that went on the heart of Hannah some 4 years back
👉🏼1 Ephah of flour
👉🏼A bottle of wine
👉🏼And the child
Nobody heard about this that day. It was a silent chapter, this was the mechanisms that triggered the testimony.
Verse 25: The Silent Vows redeemed
1 Samuel 1:25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.
It was a great sacrifice, a great denial for especially the mother. A life of total obedience and faithfulness on the path of Hannah. After killing the bullock, she killed her love for the child, she killed her feelings and possessiveness!
Verse 26: The humble Submission
1 Samuel 1:26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.
She presented herself before the priest again to pay her vow. She has to remind the priest because time have long past. She was not proud or giving excuse like many of us.
We say, God bless me with a job or a child and when God answered our prayers we will still use that thing that God gave us to give excuse for not serving God again.
Verse 27: The self Denial
1 Samuel 1:27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
She was willing to let go. She knows that God is capable of raising many children for her and this reflected in her word from the last verse of the chapter.
Verse 28: The Wise Trader
1 Samuel 1:28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
You can see that this woman is a great business woman, she use one to trade for 5 sons and daughter. Listen to her statement there; “… I have lent him to the Lord,…. he shall be lent to the Lord.”
Loan expecting interest! When you release all in your hands, you get all in God’s hand! You cannot win God in the business of giving, the more you give the more you get back.
Thank you for your time and God bless you all. Amen!