To Honor God The Highest

 

To honor God The Highest

Today we will open our hearts and thoughts about: The Barren Women

Judges 21:25
25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

1 Sam 1:1-18
1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord , were there.
4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord had shut up her womb.
6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.
7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord , so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord .
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord , and wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord , that Eli marked her mouth.
13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord .
16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
KJV

Let’s Pray…

Through the passages we have read this morning one can find two spiritual concerns that our Lord was addressing:

1) The nation of Israel’s Bareness.
2) Hannah’s Bareness.

The Barren Women – Israel

Leading up to the story of Hannah, the nation of Israel began to fall away from God. “The idea of everyone did right in his own eyes” tell us plainly how their relationship with God was at that time.
God makes a covenant to the nation of Israel and specifically tells them that their women and livestock will NOT go BARREN should they keep his commandments:

Deuteronomy 7:9 & 13-14
9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

13
And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
KJV

So what does it mean;

did that which was right in his own eyes”

God was their True King from the get go and there should have NEVER been any need for Israel to have a King, but they were their own master. They removed God from his rightful position, a King of their life, as a nation, and on an individual basis. God wanted a people that would obey Him and he would bless them. God wanted them to receive Him as their personal King and allow Him to rule their life and he would bless them both PHYSICALLY and SPIRITUALLY.

This special covenant that was broken eventually developed into a rich blessing through a prayerful woman named Hannah. God didn’t turn His back on Israel in spite of her backslidden condition. The blessing to the nation of Israel for a King was developing through Hannah. And therefor the chapter of the Judges was coming to an END and a reign of a King was to begin.

Soon the time of the JUDGES will be removed and a physical King would step into the existence of Israel. The Barren Nation of Israel and all those who love God will soon be blessed, physically and spiritually again, through this King. And this King’s name is: Jesus!

The Barren Women – Hannah

  • Her lack of fertility was placed there by God. A personal issue that left Hannah scared, in a way that she was physically and spiritually empty. She needed to be filled.
  • The design of a women is to nurture and care for her family. Hannah not only felt empty but worthless without the ability to complete her duty of caring for the family. Imagine Hannah’s arms alone and empty with a longing to fill them with Joy and Blessings for years to come.
  • To add to the misery she had a rival that taunted the fact of her worthlessness and emptiness. In competitive sports there was always some person on the other team that would taunt you, and let you know that they were better and you have no chance of winning and the only thing that crept into your mind was to BEAT THEM at their own game! This would definitely stop the outpour of teasing and ridicule.
  • Her husband tries to comfort her by telling that he should be viewed as the one that she should nurture and care for and would return the blessing as 10 sons.
    • “In some ways this is true, a husband can be a burden as 10 sons and probably motivated her to pray even more so”. LOL…
    • So who could she turn to for relief? A rhetorical question for us, but we seem to forget this simple truth!
    • So how can one obtain the POWER of the ALMIGHTY GOD?
      • How else through PRAYER!

When Hannah realized that her pain and sorrow was a bitterness developed by her uncontrollable circumstance, she lifted up from the dinner table and bee lined it to the Temple that evening. She wanted to be face to face with God and give here petition and burden to Him to handle.

Hannah’s Prayer:

10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.

11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

Can you see Hannah at the “THROWN of GRACE” weeping before God and crying to Him. And as a weeping child to a father, God’s heart was touched.

Hannah’s Faith in God:

Hannah’s prayer was through a broken heart and spirit but her burden was lifted from her:

18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

Hannah demonstrated Faith in God through her action of leaving the problem in GODS HANDS…

Like Eli, I don’t know what burden you have this morning but I do know that our Lord can hear your burden and carry them away. If you have faith in Him He will be faithful to you. We can all back on this TRUTH.

I ask all those that are broken hearted come forth and give this petition/burden to the Lord, The True King of our Lives…

May God Richly Bless you.