I didn't want to distract from Rich's thoughtful post on the sermon he heard today about the humility of Christ's work, so I thought I'd start this general thread on sermons from today. Our sermon was the first in a new series on I & II Samuel, which will focus mainly on the life of David. Tonight's sermon was on 1 Samuel 1:4-11, and 2:6-10, concentrating on Hannah and God's promise of sending David. There were 4 main points: 1. Hannah's tears A. The Old Testament always presents polygamy in a negative light, underscoring the perfect plan of 1 woman/1 man marriage. B. Hannah was sorrowful and tormented by a desire to conform to cultural pressures of childbearing. Though childbearing isn't typically a cultural pressure today, we are afflicated by our own cultural pressures of success, education, romance, etc. 2. Hannah's turn A. Hannah resolutely ignored the "other wife's" taunts, and her own husband's misplaced advice to get her satisfaction in him. She ignored them and turned to God. B. Hannah was freed from her burden when she didn't desire childbearing for herself, but for God. Instead of desiring a child for selfish reasons, she now desired a child to glorify God, as evidenced by her vow to take the Nazirite vow. It should be noted that Hannah was not making a deal with God. 3. Hannah's song A. Pattern - God shows strength through weakness, inclusion through exclusion, wealth through poverty, etc. This is echoed in Mary's song, and illustrated that God's salvific pattern of the OT was fulfilled in Christ. B. Person - Christ was poor in order to make us wealthy in terms of righteousness, was defeated to have ultimate victory. God doesn't work according to worldly standards and doesn't need our help in accomplishes his salvation. Hannah prophesied King David, but Jesus was the ultimate Messiah (2:10). 4. Practical applications A. Our hope and rest must be in Christ alone, in cultural standards or a desire for conformity. Only in Christ can we find peace as Hannah did. B. We may never know why we suffer, but we know that God has an ultimate purpose in all things - even if we don't know what that purpose is.