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The Family of Hannah

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-05-28 (화) 09:59 조회 : 98
설교일 : 2019.05.26
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 1:21-28

May 26, 2019

Distinguished Family Series #4

 

The Family of Hannah

1 Samuel 1:21-28

 

Rev. Eungyong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

We experience years of famine and years of abundance in our lives. What kind of year are you having at present? Is it a year of famine? Some people may think they have a very lean year now, while others may think they have a very prosperous year. But nobody really knows if this is a lean year or a prosperous year, as a lean year may be changed to be a prosperous year and an abundant year may be changed to be a very lean year, as time goes by.

 

< I met a faithful deaconess and asked her how she came to possess such a strong faith. Her answer surprised me a lot. “Pastor, do you know that there are grades for husbands? The husband with the grade of B is the kind of husband who treats his wife really well and brings home a good income and asks his family to go on vacation on weekends. On the other hand, the husband with the grade of A is the kind of husband who bounces his checks, loses all the money at the stock market, guarantees someone’s loan and then has to let the family home taken away. My husband had the grade of special A, as he did not even come home regularly, had affairs with other women, and did not provide our family’s living expenses. Having such a husband, I had only God to hold on to. Because of my husband, I have met God and managed to live a prayerful life. Now he has come back to God at last and thanks to my husband with special A grade, I have become a woman of God. >

 

The family of Hannah in today’s passage looks like they are going through a lean year. As the man of the house had two wives, their home was filled with quarrels and discords between the two women and it didn’t look like the family would become spiritually distinguished at all.

 

But Hannah’s family overcame their unhappy conflicts and then experienced years of abundant blessings, and we want to meditate upon how they became so blessed.

 

1.  Hannah’s family overcame their lean years through prayers.

 

When we look into the home situation for the family of Hannah, it didn’t look very promising. In their household, there was a serious conflict between the two wives, Hannah and Peninnah, and we can imagine the uncomfortable family atmosphere. To make matters worse, the first wife Hannah didn’t have any children, while the second wife Peninnah had many sons and daughters. The family couldn’t avoid conflicts under these circumstances.

 

Then, Samuel was born to this family. How did the birth happen? Did Hannah become pregnant by pure chance? No, she didn’t. The Bible shows us the secret of how this family overcame their conflicts and their lean years.

 

They overcame their lean years and unfortunate circumstances through the prayers, especially by the prayers of Hannah.

 

Why the prayers? How did their prayers perform such wonders? Prayers are like windows in a brick wall. Walls block the outside, but windows let us see the outside. Like a window to a closed home, our prayers open the world to our lives.

 

Our view of the world and the way we see things are vitally important to us. Through our prayers to God, we get to see the walls in our lives with the eyes of God. When we pray, we begin to see a window in the blocked wall with the eyes of God.

 

The family of Hannah saw the windows and through them they overcame their lean years to be able to appreciate their prosperous years later.

 

There was a family completely opposite from the family of Hannah, and that was the family of Eli the priest. Eli’s family were also the family of prophets. At that time, they had no kings, so Eli’s family were doing the work of kings and priests, and they were enjoying years of abundance. Why were they so blessed? How were they chosen to be so blessed? But the Bible tells us that they were not blessed, but were cursed. Eli’s two sons were wicked men. They even took choice parts of the meat the people had brought as their offering to God. They were so corrupt as to take the meat even before it was sacrificed to God. Why were they so wicked? It was because their family had no windows to look toward God. Their material wealth and high positions were not abundant blessings for them.

 

In today’s passage, Hannah went out to the Lord with prayers, bearing the burden of her misfortune. Then, she opened her window really wide toward God. The Bible describes Hannah as follows.

 

   1)  Repenting - pouring out her soul to the LORD/ then was cleansed. ‘looked like drunk’

   2)  Making a vow - not my will, but may it be the Father’s will!

 

When the situation was most difficult for her, Hannah chose to go all out to the LORD. When we are facing a problem, how we try to solve the problem is very crucial.

 

Let us take a look at ourselves and our family. It doesn’t matter if we have a lean year or an abundant year. What matters the most is to have our windows. To Hannah’s family, their prayers were the windows to overcome their lean years, and we should have our windows, too.

 

2.  The center stage for Hannah’s family was the house of the LORD.

 

What was the second reason for their spiritual distinction? It was the fact that their center stage was the house of the LORD. According to today’s passage, Hannah’s husband Elkanah went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the LORD year after year at Shiloh. All the men of Israel were expected to go up to the house of the LORD at least three times a year for the festivals of Passover, Barley Harvest, and Tabernacles. But in those days of the last period of the Judges, most people didn’t observe the law and everyone did as he saw fit. So, they just worshiped and sacrificed to the LORD anywhere they wanted.

 

Hannah’s family lived in Ramathaim and had holy places to worship in Bethel, Mizpah and Shechem, which were nearby. But Hannah’s family strictly observed the decree in Deuteronomy chapter 12 that commanded the Israelites to worship at the altar of the holy place that their God had chosen, and their annual worship and sacrifice at Shiloh is prominently emphasized in the Bible.

 

Their family life centered around their house of the LORD. They didn’t seek the house of the LORD only when faced with a trouble, but the house of the LORD was at the center of their lives when they had to solve their problems. They lived their lives differently from others.

 

Hannah’s family makes us reflect upon our family life and realize that there is a big difference between going to church once in a while and having the church as our center stage.

 

When our church members move, they usually come to me and ask that I pray for them to find a good church at their new place. But some do not. A prayer request can tell a lot about that person and what is at the center of his life.

 

Through the description in ‘1 Samuel’ about their devoted life of faith, the Bible teaches us how Hannah’s family was able to change their lean years into prosperous ones.

 

All of us have weaknesses and we agonize over them. Some people share their weaknesses with me, but I don’t offer them any solutions to their weakness problem, as I have agonized over my own weaknesses and realize how difficult it is to overcome them. I may succeed momentarily, but stumble again at the first chance. But when I am bestowed with the grace while praying or praising at the place of worship, I experience that I am able to overcome my weaknesses. I may stumble again outside of the church, but I know that I can overcome all my weaknesses when I am inside of the church and in the grace of God, and in the midst of my prayers.

 

Aren’t you similar to me in coping with our weaknesses? Don’t you have some weaknesses which you cannot overcome? The only way you can overcome those weaknesses is to make your church the center stage of your life.

 

Then, how can you make your church the center stage of your life? Even though I started to attend church at an early age and served the Sunday school in many capacities and later went to the Seminary, I didn’t realize it at the time that my life was being changed to be centered on the church. Gradually the church has become the center stage of my life and that is the secret to the godly life.

 

We learn from Hannah’s family that the way they lived, having the house of the LORD as the center stage of their lives, helped them deal with their misfortune successfully. On the other hand, the family of Eli the priest really didn’t know how to make the house of the LORD the center stage of their lives, even though they lived at the temple.

 

< When we lived in the Philippines, our children attended Faith Academy, the High School for the children of missionaries. That school has a tradition of staging a musical before the Seniors’ graduation. When my daughter was a Junior, the musical they staged was ‘Fiddler on the roof’ and my wife and I went to see the show. While watching the musical, we were shocked to notice that 60-member cast of the musical was mostly white students, and it was very hard to find any Korean students among them. Even though half of the student body was the children of Korean missionaries, only a few of them participated in the musical. Why didn’t more Korean students participate in that program? Later on, we found out that being in the musical required too much of each member’s time, and the Korean parents were against their children’s participation in the musical. They wanted their children to spend more time to prepare for the entrance examination to colleges. >

 

What is a good education? Spending time with other students to put on a show and trying to find the solutions to their conflicts and problems by praying fervently together are good educational opportunities, too.

 

I think it is the same with our own lives. Either when we are having a lean year or when having a prosperous year, we should go before God bringing our own baggage and find the solutions to our problems together with God. As Christians, this should be the way for us in our life of faith. And the family of Hannah was different from others, as their lives revolved around the house of the LORD, which was their center stage.

 

3.  The real prosperity for the family of Hannah

 

For a long time, Hannah had been looked down for having no son of her own and despised by Peninnah, the other wife. She suffered so much that she held onto God very tight.

 

Then, she gave birth to a son and had her long-time wish fulfilled. The baby boy was named Samuel, meaning that God heard the wish. How thrilled she must have been! Now, her lifelong wish was granted by God.

 

But as soon as Samuel was weaned, Hannah took him to the house of the LORD so that he would be used there by God, in accordance with the vow she had made.

 

How could she do this? Was it only because she had to fulfill the vow that she had made about her son? Not really. It was because she found out about the work and guidance of God. While experiencing the work of the living God on her behalf, she got to know God intimately. And the Bible says that ‘the LORD remembered her’, which means that God became acquainted with her.

 

That was the reason why she was able to leave her son in God’s care. She knew that he would be better off in the hands of God than under her own care.

 

This was a great blessing for Hannah. She was very fortunate to have given birth to a son, but the real blessing for her was that she got to know God. Because she trusted God, she left her son in God’s care, knowing that he would lead a very prosperous life in the hands of God.

 

She was no longer the woman who used to weep in bitterness because of her misfortune. Now that she was given the blessing of a son, she began to realize the real meaning of her previous misfortune. She understood the will of God who wanted to bring hope to the new era.

 

How are you doing in your life?

Are you suffering a lean year? Or are you enjoying a prosperous year? The important point is that a lean year or a prosperous year does not matter, as our fortunes depend on God entirely. A lean year in our opinion may be a prosperous year in the eyes of God. On the other hand, a prosperous year in our opinion may be a disastrous year in the eyes of God.

 

We have learned a lesson about the real prosperity from Hannah’s family. What kind of things are you telling your children? Are you asking them to study hard and go to good colleges? There is a more important message to tell your children; it is God who makes the prosperity possible at any time for all of us.


   

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제목 : The eager expectation of God
설교일 : 2019.08.18
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 9:11-27
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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