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A Mother's Role in the Smart Home
1 Samuel 1
Skip Heitzig

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1 Samuel 1 (NKJV™)
1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.
2 And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3 This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
4 And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters.
5 But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the LORD had closed her womb.
6 And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the LORD had closed her womb.
7 So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat.
8 Then Elkanah her husband said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?"
9 So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the LORD.
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish.
11 Then she made a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head."
12 And it happened, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli watched her mouth.
13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.
14 So Eli said to her, "How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!"
15 And Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
16 "Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now."
17 Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him."
18 And she said, "Let your maidservant find favor in your sight." So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
19 Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.
20 So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, "Because I have asked for him from the LORD."
21 Now the man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice and his vow.
22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "Not until the child is weaned; then I will take him, that he may appear before the LORD and remain there forever."
23 And Elkanah her husband said to her, "Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him. Only let the LORD establish His word." So the woman stayed and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
24 Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bulls, one ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD in Shiloh. And the child was young.
25 Then they slaughtered a bull, and brought the child to Eli.
26 And she said, "O my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the LORD.
27 "For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.
28 "Therefore I also have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD." So they worshiped the LORD there.

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A mother's love is great—it sets the standard of unconditional love. God has done and continues to do great things through women. The Bible records numerous faithful and spiritually fruitful women, such as Jochebed (Moses' mother), Ruth, Esther, Elizabeth, and Mary. In 1 Samuel, we meet Hannah, a woman whose faith modeled three powerful truths about mothers.

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Connect Recap Notes: November 4, 2018
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "A Mother's Role in the Smart Home"
Text: 1 Samuel 1

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A mother's love is great—it sets the standard of unconditional love. God has done—and continues to do—great things through women. The Bible records numerous faithful and spiritually fruitful women, such as Jochebed (Moses' mother), Ruth, Esther, Elizabeth, and Mary. In 1 Samuel we meet Hannah, a woman whose faith modeled three powerful truths about mothers.
  1. Mothers Have Great Problems
  2. Mothers Keep Great Priorities
  3. Mothers Make Great Plans
Points

Mothers Have Great Problems
  • Hannah was infertile, as were many prominent women in the Bible: Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, and Elizabeth. Infertility was a significant issue both in biblical times and today. In the United States today, one out of every eight couples is infertile.
  • A woman's value to God is not based on her ability to reproduce. God loves you because you are His daughter, made in His image.
  • To offer some comfort to women struggling to or unable to have children, consider these possible reasons:
    • God may still be preparing you to be a mother. He may be saying, Not now, not, Not ever.
    • God might be preparing you to be a foster or adoptive parent.
    • He may want you to be available for a specific work that would be difficult or impossible if you had the responsibility and commitment of motherhood.
Mothers Keep Great Priorities
  • Hannah knew her priorities: God first, spouse second, children third.
  • Hannah developed a strong relationship with God. She worshipped Him regularly and prayed to Him earnestly.
  • Hannah took her great sorrow to the Lord (see 1 Samuel 1:11).
    • She addressed God as the Lord of hosts, the Master-Commander of heaven's armies.
    • She appealed to God based on His authority.
    • She prayed continually.
  • Hannah's second priority was her husband, Elkanah. He loved her with great affection, and they clearly had a good relationship (see vv. 5, 8).
  • Hannah promised God that if He gave her a child, she would raise him to know and serve the Lord (see v. 11).
Mothers Make Great Plans
  • Hannah fulfilled her promise and planned to return her child to the Lord (see vv. 24-28). She had made a vow to dedicate her son to God and kept it.
  • Before she lent Samuel to God's service, Hannah first wanted to wean him (see vv. 22-23).
    • At this time and in this culture, weaning took between five and seven years.
    • Wean (gamal in Hebrew) means to deal fully with. It included physical and spiritual training (see 2 Timothy 3:15)
  • Paul wrote to Timothy about the legacy of a mother (see 2 Timothy 1:3-7); he recognized that godly motherhood has immeasurable value.
  • Once Samuel had been dedicated and taught, Hannah sent him for service to the Lord.
  • In the Hebrew Bible, the book of 1 Samuel comes after the book of Judges. During Judges, Israel was at its lowest point spiritually, a time of total moral relativism (see Judges 21:25). At just the right time, God's chose Samuel to enter into Israel's desperate situation as a prophet.
  • Godly mothers matter. Whether you have your own children or are a spiritual mother to other children, draw close to God, then love them by teaching them about Him by His Word and your model.
Practice

Connect Up: In the Bible, many attributes and descriptions of God are masculine, however some are feminine. Look up the following verses and discuss how God is both fatherly and motherly: Deuteronomy 32:18, Psalm 17:8, Proverbs 4:13, Isaiah 42:14, Hosea 11:1-4. Discuss how the following typically feminine characteristics reflect a nurturing God: forgiveness (see Psalm 103:12), gentleness (see Isaiah 40:11), kindness (see Jeremiah 31:3), compassion (see Matthew 8:1-17), patience (see 2 Peter 3:9).

Connect In: Pastor Skip mentioned the importance of women to God; He did create them, after all. In what ways can a church reach out to women? What types of ministries do women care for and are concerned with? If you attend she Ministries, discuss how she helps equip and sustain a woman to be a Proverbs 31 leader, considering these virtues: faith, marriage, motherhood, health, service, homemaking, and time. What more does Proverbs 31 have to say about womanhood?

Connect Out: Pastor Skip mentioned that many women face infertility problems. How can Christians reach out to those struggling with barrenness? Baby Center recommends, "Realize and accept that you will have some ups and (most likely) many downs as you deal with your fertility problem. Reflect on your commitment to becoming a parent, and read our top coping strategies to help you get through this trying time. Consider joining a support group if you decide to go ahead with treatment, and connect online with others."1 What more would you add?


1 Baby Center, "The Emotional Impact of Fertility Problems," February, 2017, https://www.babycenter.com/0_the-emotional-impact-of-fertility-problems_3933.bc, accessed 11/4/18.

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