First, you learned what sheaves are, why Jacob got to have two wives (Leah and Rachel), what it means when somebody's "rebuked" and what the cistern was that Joseph's brothers dumped him into .. before they sold him.
THEN, you got how the story relates to you. Who hasn't felt some jealousy among brothers and sisters? Who hasn't secretly wanted to sell one of them off? Who hasn't wondered if her parents loved her sister more than her?
Yeah, you totally got that this story is about people being human beings and about God dealing with them. If you read further in the story you find out that because Joseph stayed faithful to God even when he was carted off to a foreign country and spent time in jail for something that wasn't his fault, he was lifted up to a very high position -- and from that position he could help his brothers when they were in trouble. He forgave them and saved their lives. Great story.
Let's take a look at another one, just so we get the feel for how to approach a piece of Scripture that's actually about you.
1. Before Tuesday, read I Samuel, chapter 1, verses 1 through 8 (I Samuel 1:1-8)
* You can pretty much skip the whole 'who was the son of who part.' The important characters are:
2. Be sure you understand what's going on. After you've read the passage, see if you know the answers to these questions:
* Who has children and who doesn't? (Whose "womb is closed?")
* Which of the wives does Elkanah love the best? (What is WITH these guys playing favorites in their families?)
* What does Peninnah "provoke" (you know what that means, right?) Hannah about? How does she get to her?
* WHY do you think Peninnah does that? (think Joseph's brothers ...)
* How does Hannah respond to all this bullying and unfairness?
* How does her husband try to make her feel better?
If you want to comment this time tell us about a time when somebody -- maybe somebody close to you -- made it their business to make you miserable. Some examples:
* your sister decided she was the complete boss of you and would NOT leave you alone
* when you hit puberty your little brother was constantly bringing up the fact that you now had armpit hair, pimples, bad moods, etc.
* A teacher selected you to pick on
* a friend just would not get off you about how you were better/worse than her at something -- or she started teasing you about your laugh, your braces, your klutziness, like, for no reason that you could figure out
* your grandmother was all disapproving about your clothes, your music, your slang -- yourself!
Once you've done that, I think you'll understand how Hannah felt. That's going to be important as we continue the story.
Okay, ready? Let's dig in!
Blessings, Nancy Rue