1 Samuel 1:26-2:1 Hannah said to him (Eli the priest), “Excuse me, sir. Do you remember me? I am the woman you saw standing here, praying to the LORD. I asked him for this child, and he gave me what I asked for. So I am dedicating him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he will belong to the LORD.”
Then they (Hannah, her husband, and the child Samuel) worshiped the LORD there.
Hannah prayed: “The LORD has filled my heart with joy;
How happy I am because of what he has done!
I laugh at my enemies;
how joyful I am because God has helped me!
In the Bible there are a number of men who were set apart for God in a special way from before they were born. The term “Nazirite” described a man who had been so consecrated. The Gospel of Matthew makes the connection between these Nazirites and Jesus by means of a word play. Jesus was from the town of Nazareth (people from Nazareth are Nazarenes; Nazarene—Nazirite, get it? A whole pile of Old Testament scholars don’t; they say there is no Old Testament basis for Matthew 2:23.). Samuel is the only Nazirite in the Bible consecrated by his mother’s initiative. Both in this initiative and in the song she sings, Hannah foreshadows the Blessed Virgin Mary who voluntarily accepted God’s call to be the mother of our Lord and sang a beautiful song in response.
Prayer: Dear God, in Jesus I understand that I, too, have been especially consecrated to your service. Please allow me to be a part of others’ experiencing that consecration as well. May my greatest thanksgiving be in response to the work that you do through me in blessing others. In the name of Jesus the Nazarene I pray. Amen.