Tag: 1 Samuel 1-3

False accusations

Scripture reading for March 15: 1st Samuel 1-3

1 Samuel 1:13-15 “Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you. But 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 my soul out before the Lord.”

Have you ever been falsely accused of doing something wicked?  How would you feel about a false accusation coming from a man or woman of God?  The temptation would be strong to get angry at the person or worse yet, to get angry at God!  Our journey in 1 Samuel begins with such an opportunity!

Hannah was barren and sought God for a child .  Her husband, Elkanah, had two wives.  His other wife had children but Hannah cried out to God for a child.    The Scripture specifically stated that “the Lord had closed her womb”.  (1st Samuel 1:6)  There was also strife between the two women over this issue. Hannah took her case before the Lord in Shiloh where Eli was priest.

As Hannah is praying desperately for a child at the temple at Shiloh, weeping and crying out to the Lord, Eli thought that she has had too much wine and was drunk!  He told her not to come drunk and to give up the wine! (1st Samuel 1:12-16)  To her credit, she did not become angry or disrespect him.  She patiently explained her dilemma and Eli blessed her.   God answered her prayer and she got her child!  She promised to dedicate him to the Lord. She named him ‘Samuel’ who became a prophet of God.

How should we handle false accusations? How should we treat those in authority who may also jump to wrong conclusions? How did Jesus handle false accusations and reviling words? 1 Peter 2:22-23

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