How many was she blessed with? 6! 🙌
Uhh! I didn’t stammer (or mistype) I wrote/said 6! We may have read/studied/reflected on The Word innumerable times! A very sounding quiz/study question is: “In the Bible Hannah asked for a child and was blessed with Samuel; did he have any siblings? If he did; what would your best guess be…that’s if he had any?”
So, you’re asking yourself “How many children did Hannah have?” Yes – the Hannah from the Bible. How many children did she bear in her life time?
Eli announced another blessing on Hannah, and she conceived 3 more sons and 2 daughters, making six in total.
For some reason, we are sharing about The Unchanging God – outside the realm of ‘Time’! Really profound fact – Personality! Uhh! God is not a person!
Attributes is a far more appropriate term:
Every time I read The Word; I am blessed with further insight and inspiration!
To very quickly share the story of Hannah – Hannah, also spelled Anna, (11th century bc), mother of Samuel, the Jewish judge. Childless as one of the two wives of Elkanah, she prayed for a son, promising to dedicate him to God. Her prayers were answered, and she brought the child Samuel to Shiloh for religious training. See! This is what I knew I’d read. And I was blessed to read about Samuel’s siblings.
Rather than dwell on this, we move on to the nation of Israel and the fact that Samuel was the last sole prophet before the people of Israel desired to be as the nation’s around them. In 1 Samuel 8:4-22, the Israelites declare that they want to have a king because all of the surrounding people groups had their own kings. The people of Israel declared to Samuel, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have” (1 Samuel 8:5).
It is without a doubt that Israel’s request for a king displeased Samuel (1 Samuel 8:4-6). After praying, the Lord tells Samuel, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day, I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you” (1 Samuel 8:7-8).
He also warns Samuel by adding, “Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights” (1 Samuel 8:9).
From the Lord’s response, we can know that by Israel asking for a king meant they were rejecting God as their king. God had already proven Himself to be the best king by redeeming them from Egypt; however, Israel wanted to be like the surrounding people groups.
In other words, Israel did not want God as their king. They wanted to have an earthly king in order for them to indulge in idol worship of false gods just as the surrounding pagan people groups did. Israel did not want to follow God or obey His rules.
Samuel prayed and Saul was chosen; In essence, Saul’s root character flaw is self-exaltation and self-deception. He thinks he knows better than everyone else, including God. The biggest tragedy is that he’s not even aware of it. The story of his life shows Saul is completely blind to his arrogance and always believes he’s in the right; a separate share… So very much to be shared…