Text: 1 Samuel 2:1-10
It is now our seventh week of readings from the Essential 100 Bible Reading Plan. We have surveyed everything from creation to Abraham, Joseph, the Exodus, the law, the conquest of the Promised Land, and the failure of Israel to keep the covenant. Coming to 1 Samuel, the Bible sets the stage for God to reign over His chosen people forever. And the story involves Elkanah and his two wives, Hannah and Peninnah.
Elkanah loved both of his wives, just as Jacob – at least eventually – loved both Rachel and Leah. And just as in Rachel and Leah’s story, so Hannah and Peninnah found themselves locked in a rivalry over descendants. Like Leah, Peninnah bore many children for Elkanah, both sons and daughters. And like Rachel, Hannah found herself barren, unable to secure her future or the future of Elkanah with her womb, as was expected in that society.