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26th November 2011, hej

 

4) Time of the Judges

Samson when he was in battle and became thirsty after victory called on Yahweh and prayed,

Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? (Jdg 15:18-19)

God immediately made a hollow place in the jaw where water came out; and when Samson drank his spirit came again, and he revived. And Samson's final prayer in his life, which paralleled a tragedy, was in the house of the Philistines when he was blind. Leaning on their support piers he called unto Yahweh<

O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. (Jdg 16:28)

And strength is given to Samson and he pushes the supports down.



Hannah's prayer was for a son. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said,

O Yahweh of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child,
then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. (1Samuel 1:10-11)

The result is celebrated in another prayer of Hannah's, so famous later Elizabeth the mother of John the baptist quotes it to Mary the mother of Jesus.

My heart rejoices in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren has born seven; and she that has many children is waxed feeble.
The LORD kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings up. The LORD makes poor, and makes rich: he brings low, and lifts up.
He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he has set the world upon them.
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed. (1Sam 2:1-10 KJV)

Samuel did in fact bring salvation, for a time, from the Philistines, and certainly a national return to the service of Yahweh. Yet it is clear Hannah saw a greater deliverance, and was looking to a time when there would be a king of Yahweh's choosing who would be exalted. Hannah's mind was dwelling on great things.

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