1 Samuel 2:15-21

But Samuel was ministering before the L-RD- a boy wearing a linen ephod. Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the L-RD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the L-RD.” They they would go home. And the L-RD was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the L-RD.

Samuel wos ministering before the L-RD and grew up in His presence. And as a result of Hannah’s giving up the firstfruits of her very womb, according to the Law, G-d multiplied the fruit of her womb over and over and over again, to the point where she had FIVE chidlren besides Samuel, and they grew up in the presence of a mother and father who cherished them very much, and this modeled the love of G-d to the children, and for us to show us how well the L-rd carried for Samuel. This family, at least from the perspective of Hannah, had gone from being a dry barren desert, to a fruitful vineyard. And Hannah’s dedication of the firstfruits, Sameul, to the L-rd, was the breaking point for all of this.

It just shows that when we dedicate the first portion to the L-rd, in recognition that He owns everything, how much he can do with the rest and bless us above and beyond what we can ask, think, or imagine.

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