Samuel is a key figure in the Bible because he is a prophet — he represents the voice of God to people. He foreshadows David in the same way that John the Baptist foreshadows Christ: he prepares the way for the true King.


Looking at the story of Hannah we discover three main points: when tragedy comes, we need to trust God; when we make promises to God, we need to honour them; and He is the life-changer, the role-reversersal.