Wandering the savage garden…

Samuel was a loan to the Lord?

In my Bible-in-a-Year task, I am in the books of Samuel at last; I’m in for another strong dose of history. It should be interesting.

Today included I Samuel 1, which is where Hannah prays to the Lord for a son; this son is Samuel. She takes him after he is weaned to Shiloh, where he will serve the Lord under Eli.

[26] And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD. [27] For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. [28] Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there. (1 Samuel 1:26-28 ESV)

Verse 27 is what stood out to me about this text: Hannah lends Samuel to the Lord, even though Samuel was given to her by the Lord in the first place.

It says something about how the creation belongs to its creator, albeit abstractly. I don’t think it’s something from which to derive copyright law, mind, but still…

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