I want to share some thoughts over the next few days regarding various mothers and their children in the Bible. Reading how these moms and children related to each other and to God can be quite revealing as to how mothers today can best care for their own kids. We look at Hannah today, one of the most familiar mothers particularly because of what she did that is so out-of-the-ordinary!
Our Daily Verse is part of her prayer as she asked God to allow her the privilege of having a child, and particularly a male child. That was a common thought amongst Jewish women and still is today. It is an honor for a Jewish woman to become a mother of a male child. The focus of course is the thought of the coming Messiah.
But what Hannah was willing to do with her child is almost unbelievable in any culture. Hannah was saying to God, "If you give me a male child, I'll give Him back to you!" And she meant what she said, and she eventually did just that. At the end of chapter one in 1 Samuel Hannah is giving her son, Samuel, to the priest, Eli, and leaving him with him. This was showing that she was dedicating him to the Lord.
When we think of dedicating our children to the Lord, this event in the Bible is usually our focus. However, I've never heard of parents going through that ceremony and then leave their child with the pastor! I'd be wondering "what in the world would I do with this child?!" But, what Hannah was doing was recognizing the best place for her firstborn son was in service to the God who gave him. She really loved the Lord, and in giving her son to the Lord she was showing how much she loved Samuel too! Placing him in God's hands was the best place for that boy to be.