Hannah’s Prayer

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Hannah was the mother of the prophet, Samuel, who prayed this beautifully prophetic prayer as she dedicated him as her firstborn for the service to Adonai after He healed her from barrenness because of her faithfulness.
Then Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in Adonai, my horn is lifted high in Adonai. I smile wide over my enemies, for I rejoice in your salvation. (v. 1), (the Hebrew word for salvation is Yeshua)
In Hannah’s life, personally, even though she was loved by her husband, she was mocked for being childless by her husband’s other wife who had children. In her community, the people were plagued by false religious leaders and enemies of God, Phineas and Hophni, who used their position as sons of the high priest to misrepresent God, thus causing unbelief and hopelessness. Hannah remained faithful to the Lord and was blessed.
There is none Holy as Adonai, for there is none besides You, nor is there any Rock like our God. (v. 2)
Yes! The Solid Rock. All other ground is sinking sand.
Boast no more so proudly– insolence comes out of your mouth. For Adonai is the all knowing God, and by Him deeds are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the stumbling are girded with strength. (v. 3-4)
Pride comes to nothing before Him. We can only boast and become strong in His work.
Those full hire themselves for bread, but those starving hunger no more. Even the barren gives birth to seven, but she with many sons languishes. (v. 5)
Our blessings and fruitfulness (in anything) depend on Him alone.
Adonai causes death and makes alive, He brings down to Sheol and raises up. (v. 6)
He has eternity in His hands. The Lord eventually put Phineas and Hophni to death because they refused to repent, but not without warning. Samuel gave the prophetic message.
Adonai makes poor and rich, He brings low and also lifts up. (v, 7)
He is our provider. He humbles and encourages.
He raises the helpless from the dust. He lifts the needy from the dunghill, to make them sit with nobles, granting them a seat of honor. For the earth’s pillars are Adonai’s, and He has set the world on them. (v. 8)
He can raise up leaders from wherever He chooses.
He guards the steps of His godly ones, but the wicked are silences in darkness. For one does not prevail by might. Those who oppose Adonai will be shattered. He thunders against them in Heaven. He judges the ends of the earth. (v. 9-10a)
He looks after His own and the power of the wicked comes to nothing in the end. Eli, the high priest and father of the two wicked scoundrels was also put to death by Adonai because he never rebuked his sons harshly enough. Then God made Samuel the high priest even though he was not in the line of succession.
He gives strength to His king, exalting the horn of His anointed one.” ~1 Samuel 2:1-10
Samuel went on to anoint David as  the first king of the tribe of Judah over Israel. From this lineage would eventually come Yeshua/Jesus. Yeshua, the anointed one and long promised Messiah is The King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!!  Hallelujah!!!

 

 

 

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