The Rock Church Worship Service


Your Grace Is Enough
Your Love, Oh Lord, Reaches To The Heavens
No Other Name
Rescuer – You Are Mighty And Strong To Save
All I Need Is You


1 Samuel 1:4-11,20
4On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. 5But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the LORD had closed her womb. 6And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb. 7So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. 8And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”
9After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the LORD. 10She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. 11And she vowed a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”
12As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. 13Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. 14And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” 15But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD. 16Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 17Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” 18And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
19They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.20And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the LORD.”

The word Irritate in Hebrew is hard to translate – to thunder and roar as in a storm
Elkenah loves Hannah more than Penianah
Opportunity to build your life on alternative happiness system
A lot of wives build their lives on their husbands love
So Peninah realizes she’s not the favorite and provokes Hannah
Hannah rose – she decided to do something
Not to culture or husband but to God
Prays to process the things in her Jett
This is where the healing begins
Husbands love will run out
I new a reality of consistency
Her prayer is emotionally real
Deep anguish
V. 11 O Lord of hosts -or- O Lord Almighty
When we pour out our anguish that’s where the healing begins
Operating under the assumption that God SEES the pain in your heart
He see you, He recognizes you
Give me a son and no razor shall touch his head
Son will take a Nazarite vow
Had to be in the priestly line
She knows she won’t raise the child if she gets it
He would have been raised in the tabernacle
This is who God is, I’m pouring my life into you
Jews read the Bible as a complete thing
Sin enters the picture in Genesis, so God says to Abraham – I have to do something to fix this, through your family line I will fix it
Hannah knows the Bible and hat’s going on
I don’t want to build my life on my child any more than on my husband
God you are the reason
Even the best marriage on Earth won’t fulfill you
Even the best children, families, churches, finances will fade away
She prayed, she ate and her face was no longer sad
Unburdening herself before the Lord cured her depression
Her peace came before any certainty of God’s fulfillment
Hannah shifted her version of reality into God’s version of reality and is blessed culturally
Samuel becomes the next savior of Israel
1. God’s power will work in your life at your lowest point of inability
Why does God frequently send His savior’s through hopeless/barren women?
2. God will alway use your suffering – just don’t expect to understand it in your lifetime
3. God loves barren people
How does that affect the way you look at people?
Most of our deepest disappointments come when you look at other things to fill you


It Is Well With My Soul (When Peace Like A River Attendeth My Say)

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