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Hannah's Story

God's Redemption and Grace Revealed!



This message is not meant to be a comprehensive teaching but a simple outline of God's redemption and grace revealed throughout the story of Hannah.

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Before I begin to unfold God's Redemption and Grace through Hannah's story, let's read what God's Word says...

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1 Samuel Chapter One (NIV)

The Lord Closed Hannah’s womb?


In 1 Sam 1:6 (NIV, KJV, AMP) they all say that ’God closed Hannah’s womb’. The (NLT) says… So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children.

But is this the truth not only for Hannah but also for us today?

It is important to note that any argument that uses Old Testament Scriptures to prove that God closes wombs, withholds children or causes suffering must be brought into the light of New Testament teaching. Otherwise reading the Old Testament "literally" will cause confusion concerning God’s will for this area of your life. This will also prevent you from knowing and trusting that God is love and is only good!

When reading about Hannah and other accounts in the Bible (especially the Old Testament) you need to take the following into consideration:-

Click on the Headings below to discover how to rightly divide the Word of Truth.


Infertility is NOT a curse from God!

Lev 26:9 I will look on you with favour and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.

Children are a gift, a reward and a blessing from God. Nowhere are we told that they are a curse and something that we need to fear or dread. However, if you do not know the nature of God and His truth (as revealed through the New Testament) and how to rightly divide what you read in the Old Testament then you will be left wondering whether God is on your side or if He will open or shut your womb.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says: Because a Hebrew man’s posterity was bound up in his having a son to perpetuate his name, his wife’s inability to conceive a son was regarded as a curse from God. According to Deut. 7:13-14 having children was a sign of God’s blessing. Conversely the Israelites considered the inability to bear children as a curse.

Note that this is NOT God cursing Hannah and Elkanah or preventing them from having children BUT rather this was their world-view of God at that time! I minister to women in different cultures today who still believe that they are cursed if they are unable to have children. However, this is NOT God’s truth! This is one of the reasons why we need to have some understanding of the Hebrew customs and mind-sets of the day so that we can put into context what we read. The people thought that God was withholding children so throughout the Old Testament we read different accounts of barren couples and it says that God closed their womb. But as we have already seen this was not the literal truth! It was true that they believed this and spoke and wrote everything down this way but it wasn’t the truth. This was just their world-view on who God was at that time, through their own limited understanding.

Click on the title below to view a list of just some of the things of how the people in the Old Testament viewed God and how this relates to us in the New Testament today:-

Old Testament Thinking

Hannah – the story of Grace unfolded

Back to Hannah’s Story!

Now that we know that God does not close wombs or withhold children by breaking His Covenant promises lets continue with Hannah’s story…

Do not let the enemy Peninnah You!

[Verses 3-6] Peninnah was fruitful yet she would provoke Hannah and make her miserable. Every year as they went to the Tabernacle in Shiloh, Peninnah would remind Hannah of her barrenness. BUT regardless of Hannah’s inability to conceive Elkanah loved her and gave her a double portion (which in their custom a double-portion was given to distinguished guests).

It is amazing that when you are told you can’t have children, how many people around you fall pregnant! The TV, your local church, shopping mall, everywhere you go you see pregnant women, and babies. This can become a real thorn in the flesh to torment you. Not the people themselves but the enemy throws evil suggestions or we can become our own worst enemies when we only focus on the natural circumstances. So I encourage you to not let anything or anyone to become like a Peninnah to you!

Elkanah’s Concern and Comfort

[Verses 8] Elkanah tried in vain to comfort Hannah by, asking, “Am I not better than having 10 sons?”

This is a figure of speech. We saw earlier that the number 10 means complete, perfect and lacking nothing [see Appendix Number in Scripture]. So Elkanah was saying am I not enough, don’t I complete you?

Hannah’s Vow

[Verses 9-12] Hannah prayed and made a vow that if God would grant her request she would give her son to the Lord to serve Him for as long as he lived. “Give me a son, and I’ll give you my son!” This dedication of her son was not something that Hannah made up but rather was a commitment to the Nazirite vow, described in Numbers 6:1-8. It was the same vow made by the parents of Samson when they dedicated him to the Lord under similar circumstances (Jud. 13:2-5). Samuels’ name means ‘name of God’ or ‘heard of God’ (1 Sam 1:20) and this is a continual reminder of God’s redeeming grace to all who call upon His name.

Note: Rules for vows under the Law can be found in Num 30:2-15.

[Verses 21-23] At the next annual festival Elkanah went to Shiloh to offer sacrifice to the Lord, but this time he also paid his vow to the Lord. This payment of the vow must have consisted of the offering of Samuel himself whom Elkanah (and Hannah) had promised to give for the answer of their prayers for a son (Lev. 27:1-8; Num. 30:1-8)

Hannah found Grace!

1 Sam 1:17-18 (KJV) Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18And 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.

When Hannah made known to Eli that she had made a request to God, He pronounced Go in peace! Being the high priest, he had the authority to bless her in the name of the Lord, saying The God of Israel grant thee thy petition, that thou hast asked of him.

Go in peace was not just a nice greeting. Eli was pronouncing a blessing upon Hannah!

Click on the title below to discover what GO IN PEACE means

Go in Peace

This is a beautiful account of God’s redemption, restoration and grace! Hannah prayed, the High Priest heard, responded (acted on her behalf) and declared her whole!

There is a New Testament Scripture that shows the confidence that we can have when we approach God...

1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

When Hannah had the answer from Eli she was no longer sad! She knew that the High Priest that He had gone before her – so she now saw herself with the answer rather than without it! She believed what Eli had said.

Hannah FOUND GRACE in the Lord!

She had said to Eli ‘Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight’ and this is exactly what she received!

Click on the title below to discover the meaning of God's GRACE

God's GRACE

2 Cor 9:8 (Amp) And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

All throughout the Epistles such as in 1 Cor 1:3, and 2 Cor 1:2 the Apostle Paul wrote:Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ’. Today we casually throw words around and use them any old how and if we view Scripture in the same light we can miss a powerful truth that is being communicated. In Biblical times words meant something and they both communicated and released a spiritual truth. Paul knew firsthand how awesome God’s grace and peace were. This was the core of his message throughout his letters. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever so you too can ‘go in peace’ and ‘find grace’ in your time of need!

Go in Peace
= Go, be healthy and whole

Find Grace
= the Free gift of Jesus, which includes the fullness of who He is and what He has already purchased for you through His finished work!

Hannah’s story is a picture of how God’s grace is given to those who trust in the Lord!

Hannah's Redeemer!

Over the years I have heard a lot of teaching on the story of Hannah BUT many have focussed on Hannah and on her prayer suggesting we follow what she did: everything from having a broken spirit, a deep cry of the heart or of deep sorrowful repentance. But Hannah did not receive her breakthrough as a result of the way she prayed! Think about it - Hannah was crushed by her circumstances, she had been provoked to the point of being miserable and she was so distressed that she could not eat.

Hannah simply went where she knew she could find answers and hope. She went to the tabernacle, where God’s presence dwelt and she poured out her heart to Him.

James 4:8 says to draw near to God and He will draw near to you! It is not that God leaves us because He is always with us! He longingly waits for us to come to Him so that He can reveal Himself and deliver us in our time of need. God can’t just come in and take over and fix things because He has given us a free will. It is up to us wether we are going to come and listen to Him or go our own way and try to fix things on our own. And generally speaking this is exactly what happens in our lives! We usually wear ourselves out trying to fix things ourselves, exhausting all-things medical and natural before we come to God for answers. Praise God that His love is unconditional! He is our Abba Father and the moment we draw near to Him He will draw near and reveal Himself as redeemer!.

Hannah received Grace: it was not Hannah’s ability or performance that brought the breakthrough. Besides coming and praying to the Lord the only other part she played was acting on what she believed by laying with her husband! Hannah poured out her heart to the Lord, Eli judged and responded as High Priest and declared her whole, saying ‘go in peace’ (1 Samuel 1:9-20). So Hannah’s breakthrough did not come from Hannah praying the right prayer but on God’s Goodness and Redeeming Grace! Samuel came by God’s GRACE!

NOW this is where the story gets REAL EXCITING!

Click on the titles below to discover more exciting Facts on God's Redeeming Grace

Grace upon Grace!

2 Pet 1:2b (Amp) May grace (spiritual blessing) and peace be given you in increasing abundance [that spiritual peace to be realized in and through Christ, freedom from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts].


The Grace of God is revealed through names and numbers!

Grace Revealed in Names

Names were important in the Bible – they tell us a story (see www.behindthename.com)

NAME: MEANING:

Elkanah = God Purchased
Hannah = Grace / Favour
Peninah = Precious stone
Eli = Ascended (High Priest)
Samuel = God has heard (prophet)

God purchased (had 2 wives) Grace and a Precious stone! These are 2 types of Jesus [see Appendix Precious stone / Stumbling stone].

When Hannah came to God to pour out her heart, she came seeking grace from the High Priest. So Grace (Hannah) found Grace in the High Priest's sight!

Many focus on Hannah’s suffering but they forget to read the end of the book on her life. Doctrines today are formed out of one or two Scriptures on Hannah's story BUT keep on reading because when Hannah met the High Priest He judged her condition and declared her whole so that Hannah was barren NO MORE!

Hannah was NOT barren, she was a joyful mother of children!

1 Sam 2:18-21
But Samuel ministered before the LORD, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod. 19 Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 And Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “The LORD give you descendants from this woman for the loan that was given to the LORD.” Then they would go to their own home. 21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the LORD.

Grace Revealed in Numbers!


Numbers in Scripture tell us something....

Hannah had 5 MORE CHILDREN!!!

BUT this is a perfect picture of God’s grace because the number 5 in the Bible means GRACE!!!

Hannah (grace) found grace and had Samuel. She gave him to the Lord and then received grace upon grace because she had 5 more children!

Hannah wasn’t barren
– she had 6 children! Hannah found grace upon grace!

Through Jesus we also have grace upon grace!

John 1:16
(Amp) For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift [heaped] upon gift.

Focus on the ANSWERS!

This message is not to draw attention to the condition but rather to the answer.

Many focus on Hannah’s cry, her prayer or on her barren condition and they look to human suffering throughout the Bible in an effort to find answers and hope. But answers aren’t found in human suffering but in the one who redeemed and restored the situation. Our redeemer lives! Jesus came to reveal the true nature of the Father and also of the adversary. He told us that Satan is the thief who is destroying men's lives and that He had come to destroy his work. Jesus came to redeem us and to give us LIFE more abundantly (Acts 10:38, 1 John 3:8, John 10:10).

God never intended mankind to suffer, to be sick or to live a barren life.

Prov 30:15b-16
(NLT) There are three things that are never satisfied—no, four that never say, “Enough!”: 16 the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire.

The Bible tells us that the barren womb will never be satisfied. Why? Because God did not create the womb to be barren! Barrenness is NOT His plan for mankind. He created us with everything we needed in our bodies to go forth, to be fruitful and to multiply! There are many scriptures throughout the Bible that reveal that this is still God's continued plan and purpose for mankind. And remember that every godly couple in the Bible who cried out to God conceived and had children! So why go to the Old Testament to find God's will on barrenness by focussing on someone’s suffering?! We need to look to the end from the beginning and focus on their solution! Go to Jesus, our great High priest who HAS redeemed us and has made us WHOLE!

Jesus HAS REDEEMED us from the effects of suffering!  He has redeemed us from the curse of the law of sin and death.  He became sin and took upon Himself all the consequences or manifestations of sin. He bore sickness and disease upon His body and paid the price once, for all sin, for all sickness and disease and for all mankind!

Through Jesus there is always a way out!



Remember Our New Covenant!


We approach God differently today
under our New Covenant of Grace and as the body of Christ to how the people approached God under the Law.

New Covenant = better Covenant
based on better promises than the old! See Hebrews chapter 8 for the terms of our New Covenant!

When you understand Jesus Finished work you will realise that everything that Jesus purchased for us is not a promise BUT is a provision! So do not base your doctrines on what men and women said during their time of suffering. Remember that they had limited knowledge and understanding and their world-view on God wasn’t always correct. Fix your eyes on Jesus because when you go to Him, like Hannah, you will be made whole!

Jesus is Enough!

I therefore encourage you to look to Jesus and His Finished work and not on your present condition! Also do not focus on Hannah’s suffering and barrenness but focus on the solution! Jesus is our great High priest that has gone ahead of us and redeemed us from barrenness and has made us whole! Infertility, miscarriage and whatever causes these are simply different forms of sickness and disease. Jesus paid the price for ALL FORMS of sickness and disease on the Cross! [for more teaching on this truth visit our resources page].

Jesus is our Provision! We have everything we need in Jesus. We don’t have to go to God and ask Him for what He has ALREADY freely given to us! Rather He wants us to ENJOY the abundant life and the fullness of that Jesus died to purchase for us!

Rom 8:31-32 (Amp) If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?] 32 He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things.

Focus on JESUS the author and perfecter of your Faith!

Heb 12:1-2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

God’s Grace (free provision of Jesus) is enough!

Matt 5:8 (Amp) Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous--possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!

AMEN

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