As we have recently been surveying the book of I Samuel in our Sunday morning sermon series, I have been constantly reminded that God has graciously given us all of His written word to be reminded of His living Word, His Son and Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Just as Hannah grieved over her barren state and cried out to God for a son in I Samuel 1, we too can cry out to God’s Son in prayer when we are grieving in this life (Hebrews 4:14-16).
When the Lord gave Hannah her son Samuel, she rejoiced in knowing that God would raise up a future king who would judge the ends of the earth ( I Samuel 2:10), a clear prophecy of our Lord Jesus.
The words describing Samuel’s youth as one who grew in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with men (I Samuel 2:26), prefigure Luke 2:42 which states, ” And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”
Samuel becomes Israel’s great judge, priest, and prophet in his adulthood, once more reminding us that Christ as our Redeemer serves as our great Prophet (Hebrews 1:1-2), Priest (Hebrews 8:1), and King ( I Corinthians 15:24).
And just as God defeats the Philistines and thwarts their plans throughout the book of I Samuel ( chapters 5,7,13, and 14), we know that our King Jesus must reign until He has placed all of His enemies under His feet ( I Corinthians 15:25).
Like the rest of the Bible, the book of I Samuel is a book about Jesus. It is part of the unfolding story of redemption that culminates with the coming of Christ. As Jesus told His disciples after He rose again form the dead, ” These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms may be fulfilled” ( Luke 24: 44).
I invite you to join us at Grace as we continue to see Jesus in I Samuel during our morning worship time which begins at 9:30 am each Sunday.
Pastor David Thibault