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14 December 19

Hannah could not have children. Her husbands other wife had many, and she pined. Her husband loved her, but he could not comfort her. She went to the tabernacle, and prayed for a child.

She became the mother of Samuel. When she gave birth, this was her prayer, for she considered this child sent from God. The prefiguration of the birth of John the Baptist, and then Christ from Mary, started with the birth of Isaac when Sarah was in old age.

For God can and will intervene.

1 Samuel 2:1-8

2 Then Hannah prayed and said,

“My heart exults in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord,
My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
2 “There is no one holy like the Lord,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
3 “Boast no more so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the Lord is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed.
4 “The bows of the mighty are shattered,
But the feeble gird on strength.
5 “Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,
But those who were hungry cease to hunger.
Even the barren gives birth to seven,
But she who has many children languishes.
6 “The Lord kills and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 “The Lord makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.
8 “He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with nobles,
And inherit a seat of honor;
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He set the world on them.