The first chapter of 1 Samuel introduces us to the character of Samuel in the Bible.
“There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.” – 1 Samuel 1:2
It’s okay for a man to have multiple wives, but a woman who has multiple husbands or sleeps with multiple men is breaking God’s law. Biblical misogyny.
“But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb.” – 1 Samuel 1:5
I guess there’s one advantage to a woman not being able to bear children. She gets a double helping of meat for dinner. 🙂
“In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, ‘Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.’” – 1 Samuel 1:10-11
You know God is listening now because he loves to show his love to others when there are conditions attached to that love.
“As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, ‘How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.’” – 1 Samuel 1:12-14
More misogyny. I don’t think anyone should need to pray to a supposed creator, but somehow Hannah is doing the prayer wrong in Eli’s eyes. According to the Bible a woman can’t do anything right.
“Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” – 1 Samuel 1:19
It’s always good to know God is watching you when you have sex. 🙂
“So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son.” – 1 Samuel 1:20
This is no miracle nor is it evidence of God. I know several couples who were told having children would be very difficult only to end up pregnant with a healthy child. Plus, during this time period, there was no medical technology to determine how successful a couple could be in bearing a child other than the wait and see approach. There was no sperm or egg testing. Some couple can have a child very easily. Others it takes several months to years of trying before having success.
“Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, ‘After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always.’” – 1 Samuel 1:22
This is a scary ass statement. She’s taking him to the Lord? Where does the Lord supposedly live? Heaven. Sounds like she’s about to kill her child, Samuel. If I ever hear anyone saying this today, I’m calling the authorities IMMEDIATELY!
“After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, and she said to him, ‘Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.’ And he worshiped the Lord there.” – 1 Samuel 1:24-28
Thank goodness she brought a bull to be sacrificed. Without the bull God would have condemned the child to an eternity in hell!!! LOL!
That concludes the first chapter of 1 Samuel. It introduces us to the birth of Samuel while at the same time including a huge dose of misogyny. By now, of course, we are used to the misogyny. It’s a way of life to the authors of the Bible.
Coming Soon: 1 Samuel – Chapter 2: Hannah’s Prayer