Samuel follows right on from the book of Judges. The coming of the Messiah, the King was in answer to Israel’s lawlessness. Israel needed a Saviour. Before God sends the Messiah, He sends His prophet who will prepare Messiah’s way. There are many similarities between Samuel and John the Baptist. They are not accidental, but deliberate, and testify to the truth of the Gospel!
We are seeing the story move now toward fulfilling the promise of a king. The Lord is bringing about His glory in the land of Israel.
And here in Samuel it begins with another baby born from a barren womb. We have seen this a number of times in God’s word so far, the Lord bringing life out of no-life!
Samuel is the great prophet who anointed kings. The prophet who walked with the Lord (worshipping the LORD) from a young age.
Like Samson he was dedicated to the Lord from his birth. Although we don’t have any record of angels in this instance, we do have Hannah’s sorrowful but hopeful cry,
“… Then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, …”.
Unlike Samson we will see that Samuel sought the face of the Lord.
Hannah’s words at the end of today’s passage are something we can dwell on and wrestle with.
“For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD.”
In our King Jesus what do we see but that all of God’s people are to be living sacrifices, little tabernacles and temples of God’s Holy Spirit.
So we can be like Samuel, who served the Lord in His temple, who was given to the Lord for the span of His life.
* Father God Above,
Thank You for this day we have. Thank You for saving us in Jesus, for placing Your Spirit in us, for working within us each day.
Please help us be like Samuel, serving You each day for all of our lives.
Please write Your word on our hearts, that we might not sin against You.
Please wash us clean today from the muck and bile of the world.
Please make us more like Jesus.