vv 26-28 “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.
The family that kept its promises.
Promises, Promises, Promises – we all make them, usually sincerely, but simply never get round to keeping them! How hard it must have been for Hannah to keep this promise. Do you remember the story of Abraham – how he was ready to sacrifice Isaac at God’s command? Isaac too was the long-awaited son and yet Abraham was ready to say yes to God and give him up. Now Hannah was ready to give up her long-desired son and say yes to God as Samuel was handed over to Eli to be trained at Shiloh to serve God. As you see from the story in the next chapter ‘ … the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord or for their duties as priests.’ Eli had missed the opportunity to train his own sons for faithful service, but he is entrusted now with the task of bringing up the young Samuel. Hannah and Elkanah had done their bit as parents – sure they kept visiting Samuel from time to time and giving him new clothes (2:19), but Eli was now the one to prepare Samuel for service.
The parents had kept their promise, and were now willing to let another take on the task of training their precious son.