This message was part of the ‘Judges’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in early 2018. The full series included the following sermons:
This sermon was based on 1 Samuel chapters 1-4. 1 Samuel 2:1-10 is shown below.
The Ark of the Covenant is not magic
- In 1 Samuel 4:3 we see that the people thought that it was the ark that would save them itself. They put their faith in an object rather than in God Himself. What do you put your hope in instead of God? What do you think saves you?
Eli idolised his sons
- Eli loved his sons more than he loved God. He knew that his sons’ behaviour was not honouring to God but despite this, he only challenges them once to stop their sinful behaviour. They ignored their father Eli and continued sinning until it brought God’s destruction on them and their whole family.
- What do we put above God in our own lives? What do we worry about because we don’t think God has it under control? What do we treasure more than our relationship with Jesus?
The hero of the story was Hannah
- At the start of this book, Hannah had no children and was bullied by her husband’s other wife, but she put God above everything and first saught a relationship with Him. She prayed for a son who she would then dedicate in service to God and God answered her prayer, but then also blessed her with many more children after her first child Samuel was dedicated to Him. He loves giving good gifts to those who love and honour Him.
- Hannah sees the faithfulness and mercy of God and in her prayer in 1 Samuel 2, we see that she is also blessed with a massive prophetic message about the coming of Jesus who will be the Saviour of all humanity.