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Dear Friend,     This was written so you could read God's Word a paragraph a day.  I will help you.  Please let me know if it is helpful each day.  Contact me with any questions anytime!!  Sincerely, Crystal

         I recommend that you pray something like this prayer EVERY TIME Before you read-  

Dear Lord God, please open my eyes to see You, my ears to hear You and my mind to understand You.  I love you Jesus.  In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

 For this study, you will see prompts in the answers.  A letter with . at the end of the letter.  That means that you are to fill in the blanks, or ..  Thanks!  Crystal


The book is called >>>   1 Samuel 1

The topic is>>>  The Birth of Samuel

  1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.

 Where was the certain man from?  R

What was his nationality?  Z.

What was the name of the country he was from?  E.

What was his name?  Elkanah

Who was his dad?  J.

Who was his dads dad?  Elihu

Who was his dads dad dad?  T..

Who was his dads dad dad dad?  Z..

Zupa was a what?  Ephraimite.


Now we know a bit about Elkanah


2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.


What were there names?  H. & P

Who had children?  P

Who did not have any children? H..


3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the LORD.


What two things did Elkanah do?  W..  & S..

Who did he do this to?    L..A..

How often did he do this? 

Where did he go to do this?  Shiloh

Who did he see there?  H. & P.

Whose sons were they?

What was their job?  P..

Who were they to serve in their job?  The L


4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.


To whom did he give this?


5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb.


Who did he give it to?

How much was the differende in what he gave Hannah than Peninnah and her children?  (double!)

What two reasons were there that Elkanah did this?  L. & c.. w..


6 And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.

 How did Peninnah treat Hannah? 

Why did Peninnah do this to Hannah?


7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.  

Did this stop when Hannah went up to the house of the Lord?

How did Hannah feel?

What words tell you this is how she felt?

What two things did Hannah do because of Peninnahs treatment to her? 


8 Elkanah her husband would say to her, "Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don't you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don't I mean more to you than ten sons?"


What was Elkanahs reaction to Hannah?  How do you think he felt?

What were the four questions he asked Hannah?

Answer the 4 questions as if you are Hannah speaking to Elkanah.  

 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. 10 In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD.

What happened next? 

Where was Eli the priest sitting?

What did Hannah do?  Why did she do this?

To Whom was Hannah communicating? 

Was she right to do this?  Give reasons for your answer.


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."

 What did Hannah make?   A  V

Who did she make it with?  The L.A

What did she ask God at first?  To L.. and to R.. and not to f..

Do you think she trusted God to do those three things? Why or why not?

Does her continuing in a conversation with God reveal her trust in His focusing on her?

How can you speak to God like this? Will you trust Him today to do this for you? 


Who did she say she was to God?  His S

What did she specifically ask for? A s..

What did she promise to do with what she asked for?  G. H..t.t..L. for all the days of his life.

What physical proof did she promise to be an outward sign of her covenant with God?  (last 9 words)


What is causing you pain, turmoil, and heartache?

Will you cry out to God, loudly and clearly for both you and Him to hear?

What did Hannah call herself to God?  A Servant

Could you call yourself that?  Why or why not? 

If not, would you humble yourself right now and ask God to use you for His purposes and glory alone? 

Will you confess any known sin in your mind, heart or life that may be blocking you from receiving Gods intended blessings for you?

Will you allow yourself to be Gods servant?

What will you ask God for now that you will turn and have used for God alone? 


12 As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.  13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk

 From what part of Hannah was she praying?  Her h.

Do you think she was aware of Eli? 

Do you think Hannah was focused on God and her concerns that He alone could take care of?

What was Elis thoughts about Hannah?

Was Eli right?


14 and said to her, "How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine." 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.


Who accused Hannah?  A priest

Was he right?

Did he see into her heart?

Who alone can see into anyones heart?

Who cares the most about your heart?

Have you ever prayed from the heart as Hannah demonstrated her prayer?

Will you do this today?   

Was Hannah dismayed or discouraged by what the priest said? 

What does she say that lets you know this?

Can you show a boldness in your words that supports your relationship with God more importantly than your relationship with merely flesh and flawed beings (powerless)?


Have you ever been deeply troubled?  When you are, where do you go?  Do you run to the phone, instant messenger, food, immorality, other things,. Or do you run to the One Who can handle your problems?

Call on Him now, and you will find Him listening already! 


16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief." 17 Eli answered, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him."


What was his response?  Did he argue with her or understand? 

What does he say that shows understanding?


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.

 What changed occurred in Hannah after pouring her heart out to God?  She was n L. d

Did Hannah seem to hold a grudge against her accuser, Eli?  Yes or No, support your answer with her words. 

Should we hold grudges against anyone?  No.


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.

 What does it mean to say in this context, the LORD remembered her.

(that He gave her what she cried out to God for!)


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."


Who did she say she was of the Lord?  His S.

Who brought Hannah her son?  The L.

Could anyone else accomplish this for Hannah? 

Was there anything too big for God to do?

Is there ever anything too big for God to do? (For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37)

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