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Hannah's prayer

Discussion in 'Deeper Fellowship' started by ~Cassia~, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. ~Cassia~

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    Working in co-operation with God.

    Luke 6:34-35
    If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back.
    But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back. Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel.
    Luke 11:5
    And he said to them, Who among you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, let me have three loaves,​

    Hannah consecrated her son, who was not of the Aaronic line, to service in the Lord's temple. Taking her vow she loaned her son to the Lord much as the Father has loaned His Son to us.

    She had been barren but the Lord gave her the desire of her heart, which was also the desire of God's heart.

    1 Samuel 2:35
    I have chosen someone else to be my priest, someone who will be faithful and obey me. I will always let his family serve as priests and help my chosen king.​

    In giving Hannah a son to fulfill the desire of her heart God was also fulfilling His desire to replace the Aaronic priesthood with a Nazarite priest. A nazarite is one who takes God as his Head, considering God as Husband.

    In our time on earth now we see this fulfilled in Christ, the Head of the church. The Priesthood has progressed past that of Aaronic and Levitical priesthood and with Christ's resurrection has become the priesthood of Melchezedic. He has granted us to sit there with Him as His many priests of a vow to serve the Father's chosen King.

    That which we willing loan is ourselves in reasonable service. Romans 12:1-3
     
  2. PeaceJoyLove

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    This something I wrote back in December 2015 on Hannah's prayer. I rejoice to tell that my prayer (last paragraph below) has been fully answered and HE has caused me to enter into the promises I could see by the measure of faith and grace He lavished upon me.

    December 2015:
    1 Samuel 2:1-10

    Hannah's prayer has captured something within me. The depth with which she knew God is what I seek, diligently. It is what I want more than anything else in this life. Her faith was unwaivering and God knew her heart. She had uncompromised confidence in her God. To do the impossible (anything less is of human understanding?) She expected it, not just hoped for it. Do I expect or am I only hopeful? I believe we should expect it as the natural course for those who are true Believers. Still being hopeful instead of expectant speaks to a lack of faith.
    When I look at Hannah (and all great believers in the Old Testament, even Abraham!) and what set her (them) apart was the fierceness of belief in God and all that HE IS. The great I AM. This is a requirement for us all to see - the Fullness of God. If we truly hunger and thirst for this, we will be satiated.
    Deuteronomy 8:3 - man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.
    Matthew 5:6 - hunger and thirst after righteousness and "they shall be satisfied."

    John 6:33-35, Psalm 63:1
    Hannah knows: “There is no one holy like the Lord,
    There is no one besides You,
    There is no Rock like our God."
    For the Lord is a God of knowledge,
    And by Him actions are weighed (examined).

    She didn't just say it. She truly believed it. She stood on that. Knowing God had the power to keep her womb barren. She pressed on faithfully to the point of confidence that God could and would cause her womb to open.
    Is our level of Righteousness not based on the depth of our Faith? Has our mustard seed continued to grow? Jesus Christ, in parable, compares our faith and The Kingdom of Heaven to the mustard seed. Faith MUST grow or we will never SEE The Kingdom of Heaven?

    Matthew 17:20 Matthew 13:31-32 Luke 17:6

    Hebrews 11 addresses the faith we need to have based on the testimony of those counted righteous by their Faith that God would do what seems impossible to the human understanding.

    I seek all of this. I long for this and HE is satisfying my hunger and thirst for more of HIS righteousness. And each of us who seek this Fullness of God will become all that HE said we would. Doing all that HE said we would be able to do by HIS might, not our own strength.
    Hannah knew God guards the feet of His godly (faithful) ones.
    “My heart rejoices and triumphs in the Lord;
    My horn (strength) is lifted up in the Lord.

    Lord, increase my faith and bring it to the fullness you intend. You can move mountains, oh Lord. Fill me with your strength and might to accomplish your will on earth as it is in Heaven. Completeness and fullness in you, oh Lord, is my hearts cry.
     
  3. ~Cassia~

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    That's really beautiful and well thought out. Thanks for sharing. Faith as a mustard seed can move mountains :amen: Hebrews 11:6
     
  4. ~Cassia~

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    The meaning of the name Hannah is "God favored me" while Samuel's name means "God heard" so just from that we can see that the change in priesthood came from Hannah's prayer, her vow according to Numbers 6:2 and also from God fulfilling both her and His desire.

    Like Rachel and Sarah, Hannah had the 'other women' of the husband to mock her barrenness but also like them she was the apple of her husband's eye. Yet none of those husbands could console them. Only God was able to do that.
    Her vow to God was that if God gave her a son, she would give this son back to God by dedicated him as a Nazirite, a holy man sworn to serve God all his life. ‘He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.’

    Her prayer of thanksgiving was certainly deep-felt as we've recorded in previous posts. Her gift each year to Samuel was a little linen ephod that marked Samuel as being of a priestly status.

    see HANNAH in the BIBLE
     
  5. tturt

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    Cassia, enjoyed reading this thread.

    Recently reading about Hannah being the first person mentioned in Scripture to pray to "The Lord of the Armies." Wondered how that applied to her asking Yahweh for a child. One resource was:
    What Does "Lord of Hosts" Mean? - ONE FOR ISRAEL Ministry (especially the last couple of paragraphs).

    (If it's included in the thread, sorry I missed it). What ya think?
     
  6. ~Cassia~

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    Thanks tturt. Glad your enjoying it!
    It's interesting that Hannah would use that name to call on God. Her unique wordage is again exemplified!
    Thanks for the link.
    Perhaps the Israeli army used this psalm as a reference to the human aspect of those who are in His army ...
    Psalms 103:21
    All you heavenly forces,
    bless the Lord!
    All you who serve him and do his will,
    bless him!​

    Elisha's words “Those who are with us are MORE than those who are with them” seems to echo John "You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world" or Jesus saying He had 12 legions of angels at His command should He have chosen to fight those coming to arrest Him. Jesus showed Himself as one who came not to smite but to edify as was also Elisha's response to the king. A typology of Christ, Elisha rested in the assurance that they were there at hand, surrounding the saints, ready at all times. And in revealing that to the king it also exemplified
    Amos 3:7
    Surely the Lord God does nothing
    without revealing his secret
    to his servants the prophets.​
    Which is now to all believers .. "we have the mind of Christ"

    Interestingly there are 7 names for God in the new testament that we should all familiarize ourselves with because these are the names He uses in dealing with Christians.

    The God of glory Acts 7:2-3, 55-56
    In Hebrew the root meaning of the word translated glory is heavy or weighty. The idea is that there is no more weighty or significant being in the universe than Yahweh, for He alone truly is majestic and high above all.
    The highest glory of the creature is in being only a vessel, to receive and enjoy and show forth the glory of God. It can do this only as it is willing to be nothing in itself, that God may be all. Water always fills first the lowest places. The lower, the emptier a man lies before God, the speedier and the fuller will be the inflow of the divine glory.

    The God of consolations and patience Romans 15:5
    To be of one mind together according to Christ Jesus; that ye may with one accord, with one mouth, glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    The God of hope Romans 15:13
    He is the author of that hope and therein His grace is set before both Jew and Gentile in Christ. The hope is not mere expectancy; it carries with it the assurance of faith, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.

    The God of all comfort 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
    Comfort - which flows from His "mercies" experienced. "mercies" and "comfort," are spoken of before proceeding to speak of afflictions

    The God of love 2 Corinthians 13:11
    Agape (Strong’s #26), a noun rarely found outside the New Testament, has a specialized meaning within Christianity.

    The God of peace 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Philippians 4:9; Romans 16:20; Hebrews 13:20-21

    The God of all Grace 1 Peter 5:10
    By which alone the whole work is begun, continued, and finished in your soul. After ye have suffered a while - A very little while compared with eternity.

    I imagine that calling on all the powers of God to bring forth the desires of one's heart, when in alignment with the will of God, would have seemed logical to her (as great as her knowledge was of Him) just as our knowledge of Him now is paramount to our understanding of Him.
     
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    1 Samuel 2:18
    But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

    Psalms 99:6
    Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
    Samuel too among those who called on his name. They cried out to the Lord, and He Himself answered them—

    Jeremiah 15:1
    Then said the LORD unto me,
    Though Moses and Samuel stood before me,
    yet my mind could not be toward this people:
    cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.


    Some thoughts about Samuel: to be continued
     
  8. ~Cassia~

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    But first
    A few notes on the life lessons found in 1 Samuel

    God expects us to follow thru on what we say. Only full commitment is good enough for Him
    1 Samuel 1:10-11
    She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly.
    She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a NAZIRITE until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.”
    1 Samuel 1:24-28
    When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was young.
    Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli.
    And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord.
    For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him.
    Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.”

    She left him there for the Lord.​

    God sees past your good words and images and sees you exactly as you are. Saying the right things can't compensate for not doing the right things
    1 Samuel 15:20-22
    Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, I have gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
    But from the spoil the people took sheep and cattle, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”
    And Samuel said,
    “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
    as in obedience to the voice of the Lord?
    Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice,
    and to heed than the fat of rams.​

    The truest closest friends possible are rooted in love for God and for each other
    1 Samuel 20:42
    Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, since both of us have sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants, forever.’” He got up and left; and Jonathan went into the city.​

    Notes from true images study bible
     
  9. ~Cassia~

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    Samuel held one of the most important roles in the history of the people of God. He was the last of the God-appointed judges, a person with profound spiritual steadfastness and leadership skills. His leadership ability proved capable of restoring proper worship to God during his lifetime. He was one of the most God-centered leaders in the bible yet he held to a respect for those he served. In short Samuel exemplified godly character.

    Prayer is what we see at first glance of the book of Samuel to be the connecting link to God carried on thru in Hannah and Samuel.
    God is willing and able to intervene for us when we seek Him with all of our hearts. James 5:16
    But prayer without heart was one of God`s biggest complaints against the average person supposedly following Him. Hosea 7:13-14
    In fact whole-hearted prayer was what would be redeemed by God during the years of captivity of His people Jeremiah 29:12-13
    Prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude are exemplified in the first part of the book thus covered so far.

    The priesthood had been waning badly into one of absolute corruption. The disrespect for God was leading His people on the path of death. 1 Samuel 2:24 Their`s was a way of human reasoning therefore an offering of strange fire before God. Not at all what God responds to Isaiah 66:2 God seeks those who are willing to lay down their own desires in order to follow Him.

    1 Samuel 8:5-6 placed a human king between the people and God when they already had God as their King 1 Samuel 12:12
    Such was the request of the people to the rejection of God 1 Samuel 8:7

    But clearly it`s God`s desire that He is placed first in our lives. Luke 10:25-28 Yes, it is God Who must be king in our lives.
    Prayer, wholehearted prayer with an eye thanksgiving, should be the attitude of a life in His service. Acts 13:22; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 2:13

    Prayers that we learn from the great example set forth in these books.
     
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    Can you please detail the Christian Jew's belief that they are supposed to follow the law of Moses while Gentile Christians do not. How does that correlate with all being one in Christ?
     
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    The restriction to priests of the line of Aaron of sacrificing referred to sacrificing in the Tabernacle. Normally sacrifices were meant to be offered only in the Tabernacle. However, there were exceptions. Samuel sacrificed as a prophet away from the Tabernacle, same as Elijah, later, sacrificed as a prophet away from the tabernacle.
     
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    Acts 15 is only about what Gentiles should abstain from for the present time. It says nothing about whether Jewish Christians should continue to follow the Law of Moses or not.
    The Epistles declare only two of the restrictions to remain in force for the rest of the Christian era, namely the avoidance of idolatry and the committing of fornication. Both Jews and Gentiles now may eat black pudding if they want to.
     
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    What was outside of the gate that God had in place?
    Numbers 19:3
    Give it to Eleazar the priest. It must be taken outside the camp and killed in front of him.​
    Eleazar. The son of Aaron was a deputy High-Priest who was in charge of the slaughter of the red cow outside the camp.
    The red cow was killed outside the camp of Israel and its ashes were stored there as well . The book of Hebrews picks up the image of outside the camp as it relates to Christ's death outside of Jerusalem.
    Hebrews 13:11-13
    for of those beasts whose blood is carried as sacrifices for sin into the holy of holies by the high priest, of these the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 Wherefore also Jesus, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate: 13 therefore let us go forth to him without the camp, bearing his reproach:​

    In the process of taking on our sins Jesus was sin itself and not worthy to be within the camp of God. God's holy presence in the cloud in the tabernacle demanded cleanness. Therefore, all the unclean (common) were barred from the encampment of Israel. To carry outside the camp was a symbolic gesture of removing the sin from the people

    Being common meant not that it was ceremonially unclean, but that it was not sanctified or set apart unto God.

    According to the Mosaic regulation, the red heifer's ashes were to be placed outside the camp and used in a ceremony for symbolic purifying from sin
     
  14. Dave-W

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    Men and women have differing functions and roles.
    Parents and children have differing functions and roles.
    In ancient Israel the Priests and Levites had differing functions and roles from the rest of the nation.

    In all these cases there is a call to be one. But it is NOT the unity of uniformity. Rather it is a unity of all those differing roles and functions working together in harmony.
     
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    The red heifer was for purifying from ritual impurity of being in contact with a dead body. That is NOT sin.

    Read ALL of Numbers 19.
     
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    What you had pointed out was that Jews and gentiles had differing roles.
     
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    Correct. And I am showing that in general, God has ALWAYS had people groups with differing roles.

    IF you take off the blinders of "one size fits all" when reading Acts and the Epistles, you will see the different functions of New Covenant Jews and gentile Christians.
     
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    I'm quite sure that God will have differing roles in eternity also. The one size fits all theology doesn't fit there either.
     
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    That goes back to Numbers 6 where a Nazarite set themselves apart to God.
     
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    There is no mention of a red heifer in Num 6.
     
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