Hannah’s poem of praise to God is published by her son Samuel. The wicked sons of Eli are condemned, and in stark contrast, young Samuel is shown as a servant. A prophet of God rebuke Eli because of his sons
Christ’s calling of Levi to follow Him lead to criticisms from religious leaders. Then they questioned and whined about His disciples not fasting, then their eating grain in the fields. Jesus stood up to stubbornness.
We start our study of Israel’s prophets, kings and heroes in the age of transition from tribal rule to a national monarchy. Our lessons from the Lord begin with the godly parents of Samuel the prophet and his birth.
As Christ preached in a house so crowded with listeners that four men had to break through the roof to get their paralytic friend to Him. Jesus forgave the man’s sins, then to silence his critics, He healed the man too.
There was an obstacle before Naomi, Ruth and Boaz to overcome in court if they were to see Boaz redeem them from poverty and marry Ruth. The one man in the way did not love Ruth, but Boaz did and prevailed.