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Hannah - A Godly Woman

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Radio transcript for the week of June 05, 2016

Ricky Berger preaches on "Hannah - A Godly Woman" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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To introduce one of his sermons on Jesus, Paul gave somewhat of a history lesson to his audience, primarily made up of Jews (Acts 13:16). During the lesson he mentioned Samuel the prophet (Acts 16:20). Samuel was one of the greatest men to ever live. The Bible records his constant faithfulness to God and desire to please Him. As a boy, Samuel began receiving instructions from God and responded in obedience (1 Samuel 3:1-10). When he was older, he stood in opposition of Israel's request to have a king and reject God from being their ruler (1 Samuel 8:1-7). Samuel will always be remembered to his service to God and strong stand to do what was right.

Have you ever considered where Samuel first learned to obey God? His earliest instructions cam from his godly parents and in particular, his mother Hannah. As we begin the book of First Samuel we find Hannah in a depression-like state or, perhaps, depression itself had already entered this woman without children. Elkanah, Hannah's husband, although trying to be faithful to God himself, made a common mistake for that day and time. Elkanah had taken two wives for himself (1 Samuel 1:1-7). God never authorized for one person to have multiple spouses (Matthew 19:1-12: Genesis 2:24). In fact, every time you read of people in the Bible having multiple wives, you learn that they had problems in their homes. Consider the problems in the homes of Abraham and David coming as a result of having more than one wife. One of the problems in Elkanah's home was Hannah did not have children and his other wife Peninnah did. Peninnah would provoke Hannah on this issue, thus making Hannah miserable. Hannah's miserableness was so severe that she went without eating and wept often (1 Samuel 1:6-7). Hannah, however, was a godly woman and she knew what to do about this.

Hannah prayed to God and begged him for a male child (1 Samuel 1:10-18). Hannah did not just pray to God, but rather she "poured out her soul to Him" (1 Samuel 1:15). Hannah brought her "problem" to the Lord. Hannah was a godly woman because she was a woman who kept her word. Upon receiving this child that she prayed to God to have, Hannah kept her word by giving him back to God (1 Samuel 1:19-28). Hannah's desire was for her son to be a faithful servant of the heavenly Father. After Hannah's mourning turned to joy, she remembered to praise God (1 Samuel 2:1-10). How often do we beg God for something, then completely forget to return in praising Him. We should praise God in every situation regardless of the circumstances. Notice the difference in Hannah from her bitterness of soul and anguish in chapter one to rejoicing in chapter two. Hannah, a godly woman, kept her faith in God and trusted in His ability and knowledge to do what was right at the right time.

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What does the Bible say about salvation?

  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Not everyone will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • Only those who obey God will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  • Obedience means believing that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).
  • Repenting of sins (a change of life) (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
  • Confessing your faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Being baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • Live as a faithful Christian until death (Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10).

What does the Bible say about how we are to worship God?

  • We are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
  • Worship is to be on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
  • The male members are to lead the worship service (1 Corinthians 14:34).
  • God’s word is to be preached (Acts 20:7).
  • Prayer is to be offered to Him (Acts 2:42).
  • Christians are to give cheerfully according to how God has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
  • The Lord’s Supper is to be taken (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 20:7).
  • Members are to sing one to another from the heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
  • We are not to change by adding to or taking from (Revelation 22:18-19).

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