Summary: How we enter the house of the Lord may have alot to do with how we exit ! In this message, we see how Hannah went up to the House of the Lord !
“She Went Up To The House Of The Lord”
The events of the book of 1 Samuel take place during the time of the Judges.
Eli the character mentioned here in our passage was both a High Priest, and
a judge for approx 40 years.
Let me share some things with you about the moral climate of the day.
1. It was a time when there was a lack of Revelation.
1 Sam. 3:1 And the word of the Lord was precious(valuable) in those days;
there was no open vision. Deborah the Prophetess, and one unnamed prophet
were the only ones that openly prophesised. Imagine a time when the people
were so sinful that God was silent. Why such a lack of prophecy ? Could it
be that revelation was so rare because God could find few that were faithful
Amos warned in Amos 8:11-12 that there would come a time when there would be
a famine of the word of God.
Amos 8:11 Behold the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a
famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water but of
hearing the words of the Lord. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and
from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word
of the Lord, and shall not find it.
We see this already taking place in many parts of the world....could it be
that there will soon be a famine of the word here in our country ?
Adam Clark said.... The most grievous of all famines, a famine of the words
of Jehovah; a time in which no prophet should appear, no spiritual
counsellor, no faithful reprover, none any longer who would point out the
way of salvation, or would assure them of the mercy of God on their
repentance and return to him. This is the severest of God’s judgments on
this side the worm that never dieth, and the fire that is never quenched.
2. It was a time when there was a lack of restraint.
Jdg. 21:25 reads....”In those days there was no king in Israel every man did
that which was right in his own eyes.
No prophet preaching.......no moral absolutes, situational ethnics......do
your own thing......if it feels good do it.
Those days kinda remind me of our days. The key word today of course is
Even the sons of Eli showed no restraint !
1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial they knew not the
Lord. Oh how sad that a man like Eli who was High Priest, and Judge should
raise up sons that knew not the Lord. Let up never make the assumption that
just bringing our children to the house of God will be enough to introduce
them to the Lord.
Though the sons of Eli inherited the position of Priests, they used their
office for personal gain, and lived in immorality.
Eli did very little to restrain them. As a result of their sinfulness, they
along with their father would die tragic deaths.
3. It was also a time when there was a lack of respect.
Because of the sin of Eli’s sons the children of Israel began to despise the
offerings of the Lord. There was a lack of respect for the house of God,
the ministers of God, and the sacrifices.
1 Sam. 2:17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was great before the Lord
for men abhorred the offering of the Lord.
1 Sam. 2:24 Eli says to his sons that they caused the Lord’s people to
When things are not done right at the house of God, and by the ministers,
people will lose respect for it.
In spite of all that is taking place in the land God is about to use one
woman to make a difference. One person can make a difference. This woman
Look back with me to the passage we read.
One day Eli is sitting at the door to the house of God.
It’s business as usual at the house of God. Eli is there to fulfil his
responsibilities and role as the High Priest.
Eli looks up from his seat, and sees a family approaching....his eyes focus
upon the woman.
Perhaps he had never seen anyone come to the house of God in such a manner !
How do we come to the house of God ?
1. Hannah came to the house of God barren.
She had no children, and she desperately wanted to conceive.
Have you come to the house of God barren ? Perhaps in a different sense
than Hannah. Perhaps you’re running on empty. Living in the world that we