The book of 1st Samuel describes the transition of leadership in Israel from judges to kings. The three main characters that are prominent in the book are Samuel the last judge and first prophet, Saul the first King of Israel, and David the which is to be the next king.
The story of Saul sadly recounts his incomplete obedience to God’s clear instruction, and the result is “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over his people because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” He goes on to say “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”
Remember, as people, we see how similar we are to them in our decision making and thinking processes. We have the opportunity to learn from their lives and make better decisions in our lives.
Now may God richly bless your reading the book of 1st Samuel as it opens up to you.
1st Samuel Chapter 1
Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. And he had two wives, the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to Jehovah Tsebaoth, Lord of hosts who saves by covenant, in Shiloh. Also, the two sons of Eli, Hophni, and Phinehas, the priests of Jehovah, who saves by covenant, were there. And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah, his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah, he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although Jehovah, who saves by covenant, had closed her womb. And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because Jehovah, who saves by covenant, had closed her womb. So, it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of Jehovah, who saves by covenant, that she provoked her. Therefore she wept and did not eat.
Then Elkanah her husband said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?" So, Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of Jehovah, who saves by covenant. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to Jehovah, who saves by covenant, and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, "O Jehovah Tsebaoth, Lord of hosts who saves by covenant, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to Jehovah, who saves by covenant, all the days of his life. And no razor shall come upon his head."
And it happened, as she continued praying before Jehovah, who saves by covenant, that Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart, only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore, Eli thought she was drunk. So, Eli said to her, "How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!" And Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before Jehovah, who saves by covenant. Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now." Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace, and Eloheim the Creator of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him." And she said, "Let your maidservant find favor in your sight." So, the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before Jehovah, who saves by covenant, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah, his wife, and Jehovah, who saves by covenant, remembered her. So, it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, "Because I have asked for him from Jehovah, who saves by covenant." Now the man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to Jehovah, who saves by covenant, the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "Not until the child is weaned, then I will take him, that he may appear before Jehovah, who saves by covenant, and remain there forever." And Elkanah her husband said to her, "Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him. Only let Jehovah, who saves by covenant, establish His word." So, the woman stayed and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bulls, one ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of Jehovah, who saves by covenant, in Shiloh. And the child was young. Then they slaughtered a bull and brought the child to Eli. And she said, "O Adon, our Sovereign Master! As your soul lives, my Adon, our Sovereign Master, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to Jehovah, who saves by covenant. For this child, I prayed, and Jehovah, who saves by covenant, has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore, I also have lent him to Jehovah, who saves by covenant, as long as he lives he shall be lent to Jehovah, who saves by covenant."
So, they worshiped Jehovah, who saves by covenant, there.