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A Heart’s Journey from Ramah to Divine Destiny: Hannah’s Sacrifice, Samuel’s Obedience, and David’s Heart of Worship

In her hometown of Ramah, Hannah’s story unfolded with a profound sense of longing and devotion. Her heart’s cry, her deepest desire, was to be blessed with a child. With unwavering faith, she embarked on a heartfelt pilgrimage from her home in Ramah to Shiloh, where the Tabernacle stood under the care of Eli the priest.

Hannah’s commitment to God was nothing short of extraordinary. In exchange for the son she so fervently prayed for, she made a solemn vow to dedicate him to the service of the Lord. God, in His infinite mercy, heard her prayer, and the precious gift of a son, whom she named Samuel, was bestowed upon her.

However, Hannah’s sacrifice didn’t conclude with Samuel’s birth. She patiently nurtured him, waiting for the right time to fulfill her promise. When that moment arrived, she took the arduous step of entrusting Samuel into the care of Eli at the Tabernacle in Shiloh. This was an immense sacrifice, one that only a mother of deep faith and devotion could make.

Hannah visited Samuel once a year to bring him new clothes and to worship at the Tabernacle. It was a difficult sacrifice for Hannah to leave Samuel, but she knew that it was what God wanted. She trusted that God would take care of Samuel and that He would use him for His purposes.

Samuel’s upbringing within the Tabernacle, surrounded by the Sons of Levi (now don’t confuse these guys with the drunk sons of Eli), played a crucial role in shaping his spiritual journey. He absorbed wisdom not only from the teachings of the Sons of Levi (the levites and caretakers of the ark) but also from Eli, the priest. Samuel’s obedient heart and his remarkable ability to hear and follow God’s voice set him on a unique path.

As a young boy, Samuel had awe-inspiring encounters with God’s voice. Initially fearful, he gradually learned to discern and obey God voice. His journey led him to become a prophet and judge of Israel, and the impact of his dedication and obedience was nothing short of profound, bringing about transformation in the nation.

When the Tabernacle in Shiloh was tragically destroyed, Samuel returned to his birthplace, Ramah. There, he established a school of prophets. This school became a vibrant center of worship, where Levites learned to prophesy with the accompaniment of their instruments. The sound they created had a tangible effect, even reaching the heart of Saul, who underwent a dramatic transformation upon hearing it. When Saul was anointed to be King, he was anointed with a flask of olive oil by Samuel. Saul was later rebuked by Samuel and rejected as King by the Lord. This led to Samuel obeying God and anointing David for Kingship.

Samuel’s clandestine anointing of David, the young misfit from Jesse’s farm, was a secret act of divine selection. Notice what Samuel says to God in 1 Samuel 16:2. Even David’s family remained unaware of the true significance of this anointing. It was a hidden gesture, executed with divine purpose, and it’s awe-inspiring how it unfolded discreetly. If I had to guess, I bet Jessie (his Dad) along with his brothers was thinking that he was just being anointed into Samuel’s school of prophets, being the musician he was. David’s heart for worship, honed while tending sheep and playing his instruments in the foothills, held the key to something extraordinary. (I will go more into this side of the story in another post, David was anointed with oil from a horn and not oil from a man made flask like Saul was).

David’s heart of worship carried an anointing that played a pivotal role in activating the divine plan set in motion by Samuel in Ramah. This anointing did more than anoint a king; it shifted the very atmosphere of an entire kingdom. David, the seemingly unlikely candidate, became the linchpin in God’s divine design.

Hannah’s story stands as a timeless testament to the fact that God can employ anyone, regardless of age, gender, or social status, to fulfill His divine purpose. When we respond to God’s call with unwavering obedience and dedication, we become vessels through which His transformative work can be realized.

References: 1 Samuel 1-10 , 1 Samuel 16

Sonny Bever

October 23, 2023

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