The Bible Teaching Ministry of David Hocking
“The Word of our God shall stand forever” Isaiah 40:8

A SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY FOR MOTHER’S DAY!

A SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY FOR MOTHER’S DAY!
by David Hocking

THREE WAYS BY WHICH THIS MOTHER
REVEALED HER TRUST IN THE LORD:

BY RECOGNIZING THAT TRIALS ARE A
PART OF GOD’S PLAN FOR US – I Samuel 1:1-8
(Notice three things that revealed her trust in the
Lord in the midst of her trials)

1. Her RELATIONSHIP to her husband was
both a blessing and a trial – vv. 1-5
(Ramathaim-zophim – Ramah means “high” and Ramathaim refers to two high places; the word zophim was a high place also and meant
“a field of watchers.” Ramah was the birthplace (I Samuel 1:19), home (7:17), and
the burial place (25:1) of Samuel.

(1) He was dedicated to the Lord – v. 3
“went up out of his city yearly to worship
and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in
Shiloh.”

NOTE: The religious situation was not good – “Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli were “the priests of the LORD.” I Samuel 2:12 calls them “sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.” I Samuel 2:17 says “the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD; for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.” I Samuel 2:29 says of their father, Eli, that he “honourest thy sons above me.” I Samuel 3:13 says of Eli – “his sons made
themselves vile, and he restrained them not.”

(2) He was devoted to Hannah – v. 4 – “for he
loved Hannah”

(3) He was disappointed that Hannah could
bear no children – v. 5 – “for the LORD had shut up her womb”

NOTE: He gave her “a worthy portion” or a
“double portion” – given to the firstborn –
probably indicates that Hannah was his
first wife and undoubtedly led him to take
P’ninah as his wife in order to have children.

2. The continual REMINDER that she had no
children was a difficult trial to bear.
cf. Proverbs 30:15-16 – “barren womb”
cf. Deuteronomy 7:14 – “barren” was the clear
absence of the blessing of the Lord!

(1) The source of this trial came from the Lord – v. 5 – “the LORD had shut up her womb” repeated in v. 6

(2) Her suffering was not understood by her
husband – v. 8 – “why is thy heart grieved? Am not I better to thee than ten sons?”

(3) Her sorrow was continually brought to
the Lord in prayer – v. 10 – “she was in
bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.”

3. The constant RESISTANCE of the other wife
was an unbearable trial – v. 6 – “and her
adversary also provoked her sore, for to make
her fret” – v. 7 – “when she went up to the
house of the LORD, so she (P’ninah) provoked her”

NOTE: Barrenness is an opportunity for God to work in a mighty way! Sarah, Rachel, Manaoh’s wife, Hannah, and Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, were all barren! Our trials are like the barren womb. cf. Romans 4:19-21

BY REALIZING HOW GOD USES OUR TRIALS FOR OUR GOOD AND HIS GLORY!
I Samuel 1:9-18 cf. Romans 8:28

1. Her GRIEF brought the comfort of God’s
presence – v. 10 – “she was in bitterness of
soul” – cf. Psalm 34:17-19; 51:17

2. God’s GREATNESS caused her to depend
upon Him continually – v. 10 – “prayed unto
the LORD” and v. 12 – “as she continued praying before the LORD” and v. 15 – “have poured out my soul before the LORD”

3. God’s GLORY led her to greater commitment
v. 11 – “And she vowed a vow…then I will give
him unto the LORD all the days of his life”

4. The GUARANTEE that others will identify
with us in our grief does not always happen!
I Samuel 1:13-16

5. The GRANTING of her request would come
from the Lord – v. 17 – “Go in peace; and the
God of Israel grant thee thy petition…”

6. The GRACE to wait upon the Lord for His
answer in His way and in His timing will
fill our hearts when we trust in Him!
v. 18 – “Let thine handmaid find grace in thy
sight…her countenance was no more sad.”
cf. Hebrews 4:16 – “find grace to help in time\
of need” – cf. Philippians 4:6-7

BY RELYING UPON GOD TO ANSWER OUR
PRAYERS! I Samuel 1:19-28

1. Her WORSHIP of the Lord was still there –
v. 19a – “they rose up in the morning early, and
worshipped before the LORD”

2. The WORK of God came in His time – v. 19b
“Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her”
cf. Genesis 30:22 – “And God remembered
Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened
her womb.”

3. The WORD of God was confirmed – v. 23
“only the LORD establish His word”

4. The WILL of God was accepted and obeyed –
vv. 24-28

(1) Seen in the sacrifice that was offered
“three bullocks” – one for sin-offering; burnt offering; and peace-offering

NOTE: It is also possible that the third bullock was for the “ram of consecration” mentioned in Leviticus 8:22-30 for the dedication of the priests, putting the blood of the animal on the tip of the right ear, thumb of the right hand, and the great toe of the right foot.

(2) Seen in the surrender of the child to the
Lord’s work – v. 28a – “I have lent him to
the Lord”

(3) Seen in the submission of Eli the priest –
v. 28b -“and he worshipped the LORD there.”

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