1 Samuel 2:6-8 It Is The Lord

1 Samuel 2:6-8 (KJV)
The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.

As a portion of Hannah’s prayer of praise, she provides a beautiful piece of deep theological truth. It is the Lord who

  • Kills and makes alive
  • Buries or heals
  • Makes poor or makes rich
  • Brings low or lifts up

Hannah saw it as of the Lord that she, a poor childless woman, gave birth and that the son born to her would become the great prophet in Israel, Samuel. God took her from the “dung hill,” as it were, and set her son among the princes; he, being the one who would anoint both Saul and David. 

The text is not fatalistic. Do not read it that, since God kills or makes alive, there is nothing we can do. It is instead hopeful. Since it is God who does these, we can pray and expect great things of Him. 

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1 Samuel 2:6-8 It Is The Lord

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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