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Hannah; her splendid promise!Text 1 Samuel 1:11Hannah means “grace and favor”, Hitchcock gives it gracious; merciful; he that gives.(Ecclesiastes 5:4)  “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for [he hath] no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.  Better [is it] that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.”(1Samuel 2:20)  “And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, land said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home.”            When we are motivated by God to move outside our comfort zone it is always for our spiritual development, instruction in righteousness and enlarge our faith in Christ. If we recoil from that enlargement we become underdeveloped, unrighteous and faithless. Why? If you do not use your faith it will die! James said (James 2:26) “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”            Hannah’s desire was motivated by God as was her commitment to return to God that, which was most precious to her. In so doing her faith in God held her secure in belief that God would reward her for her faithfulness in returning too Him that which He gave her is found in (1Samuel 2:21)  “And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.” God gave her more that she ask for.(I) Her Request.            The request is simple, I want a son, which is direct, specific and easily understood, and she did not pray as many do today, all around the world and never hit on what they want for their wants are not motivated by God.            The motivation; (James 4:3) “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts.” Her motivation was not a possession but a present. It was her desire to give to God what he alone could give too her and that was a son. The motivation was honorable and her intentions were honest.            Could we search our hearts and ask, Lord why do I want this is the motivation honorable and the intention honest?            The method; (1Samuel 1:11) “And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.”Ø   Her prayer; the only means he had to accomplish her God given desire.Ø   Her promise; an honest statement of her intention for the use of this gift she desired.Ø   Her plan; he would be separated by the sign of long hair, partial nazarite and be given too the Lord for His use.(II) Her compliance.(1Samuel 1:24)  And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child [was] young.Reasons for reneging.She could parade him before Peninnah, (pen-in-naw’) and say goodie, goodie two shoes now I have a son and I am as good as you.The high priest’s two sons were nothing but sots, who would want them instructing their son.Eli would tolerate drunks, adultery, and debauchery right in the house of god and seemingly had no control over his own sons. Worship was polluted; (1Samuel 2:22) “Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled [at] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” She was confronted with an old priest tolerant of sin, sinful younger priest and worshipers that worshiped the desires of the flesh. What better reasons to renege on a promise?What did she do?(1Samuel 1:25 – 28) “And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli. And she said, Oh my lord, [as] thy soul liveth, my lord, I [am] the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.”The real question is; WHAT WOULD YOU DO?(III) Her reward.            What would be the reward for her faithfulness? Would there be a reward for faithfulness? Have you ever heard the phrase, “you can never out give god?” If so the question becomes, do you believe, “you can never out give God?’Hannah’s rewardWe have seen the immediate reward (1Samuel 2:21) “And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.”Is that all there is to it three sons and two daughters? If so that is enough. However that is not all!(1Ch 6:28) “And the sons of Samuel; the firstborn Vashni,” (meaning weak also known as Joel not the prophet) “and Abiah.” Meaning, father that is a worshiper of Jah.(1Ch 15:17)  So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel (Vashni) l; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari their brethren, Ethan the son of Kushaiah;(1Chronicles 25:4 – 5)  Of Heman: the sons of Heman; Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, [and] Mahazioth:  All these [were] the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.            This means that 14 of her decedents were serving in the temple appointed by David and according to the courses would have lead the worship about three quarters of the year            That is not all (Luke 1:5) “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia (Abiah): and his wife [was] of the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elisabeth.” John the Baptist was a direct descendant of Hannah.            Serving Jesus really pays; performing what you promised pays eternal dividends. 

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