10 May 2015 Sunday Morning Service
OT 1 Samuel 1 : 9 – 2 : 12
NT 2 Timothy 1 : 2 – 14
1:9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the LORD’S temple.
1:10 In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD.
1:11 And she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
1:12 As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.
1:13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk
1:14 and said to her, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.”
1:15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.
1:16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
1:17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
1:18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.
1:19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.
1:20 So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.”
1:21 When the man Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vow,
1:22 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the LORD, and he will live there always.”
1:23 “Do what seems best to you,” Elkanah her husband told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the LORD make good his word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
1:24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh.
1:25 When they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli,
1:26 and she said to him, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD.
1:27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.
1:28 So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.
2:1 Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.
2:2 “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
2:3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.
2:4 “The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
2:5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry hunger no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.
2:6 “The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up.
2:7 The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.
2:8 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’S; upon them he has set the world.
2:9 He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails;
2:10 those who oppose the LORD will be shattered. He will thunder against them from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
2:11 Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the LORD under Eli the priest.
2:12 Eli’s sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the LORD.
1:2 To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
1:3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
1:4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.
1:5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
1:6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
1:8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,
1:9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
1:10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
1:11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.
1:12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
1:13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.
1:14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.