When I was a little boy, I asked my father why he named me Samuel? He replied Samuel was a prophet of the Holy Bible. I never asked my mom. I just figured she agreed with my dad. After my grandfather passed away and I saw his tombstone, said Samuel Collins, I just thought my mother named me after him. My mom told me she was her daddy’s little girl, so it makes perfect sense, that she named me after her father, my grandfather. Hannah was the wife of Elkanah Levi’s priest, who had another wife named Peninnah. The book of 1st Samuel says Elkannah loved Hannah the most, but Peninnah bore him children. God only wanted the marriage to be between one husband and one wife, but in a sinful world, confusion happens. It was because women without a man were helpless in the ancient world, and many times and even now, traditions interfere with godly ways. Men of the ancient world felt their values were in how many children they fathered, especially with sons. That would carry their name. Hannah was desperate for her husband’s love, and even if he told her he loved her more, she felt he did because Peninnah gave him children. So, she did that thing a Godly virtuous woman felt she needed to do, go to the Lord in prayer. She prayed desperately to God for a son because she knew that if she gave her husband a son, Elkannah would keep his love. Hannah made a covenant promise to God that she would return the son back to God if He gave her a son. The temple priest heard Hannah’s prayer, though she was drunk, but told her God would indeed answer her prayers. Later, Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to Samuel, and when he reached the age when he was eating solid food, Hannah gave her son to God. This is God’s desire for all mothers and fathers in the world. He rewarded them with beautiful children but wanted to teach them about God, the Creator. I have sisters and a brother who do not teach their children about God, nor do they take them to church. Christmas, Easter, and a funeral from time to time are when they hear devotion to Jesus.
Ezekiel 23:37 For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. So, they have committed adultery with their idols, and even made their sons, whom they bore to Me, pass through the fire to them as food. 38 Again, they have done this to Me: they have defiled My sanctuary on the same day and have profaned My Sabbaths. 39 For when they slaughtered their children for their idols, they entered My sanctuary on the same day to profane it; and behold, this is what they did within My house.
Luke 18:15 Now they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. 16 But Jesus called for the little ones, saying, “Allow the children to come to Me, and do not forbid them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
Scripture is strongly against children’s sacrifice, but how is not instructing your children about the Lord Jesus sacrificing them? That is easy. Jesus is the truth, the way to everlasting life, but those who do not believe in Him perish in death. Such parents like my brother and sisters do not instruct their children about the Lord and do not really give their children to God but sacrifice and give them to the devil. So, like the book of Proverbs, wise words say, train up your children in the right way, and they will not leave the truth. God bless you all; Jesus loves you, and so do I. His bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
1 Samuel 1:26 “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. 27 I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. 28 Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.