Shiloh – Lessons from the Promised Land

Hannah’s Peace with God

While still in the West Bank, we visited the archeological remains of Shiloh. I was quite excited to go because the story of Hannah happened there, and that story is very near and dear to my heart.

Shiloh was the place where the first permanent tabernacle was built. Its walls were constructed of rock and its roof was made of cloth to remind the people that this was not God’s final temple or house.

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In this very tabernacle Hannah begged God for a son. Hannah lived in a difficult situation. Although her husband loved her very much, he also had another wife called Peninnah who had given birth to several children.

For some reason Peninnah enjoyed rubbing salt into Hannah’s wound of barrenness. The scripture says, “she would provoke Hannah bitterly because the Lord had closed her womb.” The struggle of infertility is tough enough, but can you imagine another woman taunting you constantly about it? It troubled Hannah so much she could hardly eat.

Yearly, Elkanah, Hannah’s husband, would take the family to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord at the tabernacle. On one of these trips Hannah went to the tabernacle and poured her heart out before the Lord, begging for a son whom she promised would be given back to the Lord.

Eli, the priest, thought Hannah was drunk and told her to stop drinking. Hannah explained that she was oppressed in spirit, and was pouring out her soul to the Lord. Eli then said to her, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked Him.”

In that moment peace came to Hannah. She heard a word from God that she kept in her heart. She went her way and ate, and she was no longer sad.

Hannah did receive a son, whom she named Samuel. She was faithful to her promise and gave Samuel back to the Lord. God blessed her with five more children.

The Lord brought peace into Hannah’s heart and also into her situation. One of the names for God is Shiloh. It means peacemaker. The God of peace brought Hannah peace in the city of peace.

Do you need peace in your heart or in a situation in your life? Go to the great Peacemaker. He will grant you peace.

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

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