“And she made a vow, saying, ‘O LORD Almighty, if you will only remember me and give [me] a son, then I will give him to [You] for all the days of his life.'”
– 1 Samuel 1:11 (NIV)
In keeping her vow, Hannah conceives and dedicates her son to God. From his days as a young boy serving Eli, the high priest, to guiding the ancient Israelites; Samuel the boy prophet stands as an inspiring example of how we, too, can delight in our relationship with the Lord.
This 30-minute, animated Bible video brings alive several episodes from the life of Samuel and invites us all to discover the joy of faithful service to God!
Little-Known Bible Facts:
- Samuel’s parents were Elkanah and Hannah
- The name Samuel means “God has heard”
- Samuel anointed the first two kings of the Kingdom of Israel: King Saul and King David
Eli and his sons, Hannah, Samuel
I Samuel 1:9-28, I Samuel 2:12-36, I Samuel 3:2-18, I Samuel 4:3-18 and I Samuel 7:15-17
Eli, the high priest of Israel, knowingly disobeys the Lord, and he and his sons are punished. Hannah fulfills her promise to God, and gives up her son to His service. In return, God blesses Hannah by making her son, Samuel, the chosen Prophet of the people of Israel.
This story brings to life several episodes from the life of Samuel andinvites all to discover the joy of faithful service to God.
At the tabernacle of Ark of the Covenant, Hannah prays for a son. She promises God that she will offer the boy up to His service. Eli, the high priest, overhears her prayer and sends her off with vague promises.
Eli’s sons abuse their position and steal from those who come to offer sacrifice. One night, a man of God appears to Eli. He informs him that because Eli has allowed his sons to make a mockery of holy things,” condemnation is upon this house. I shall raise up a faithful priest. He shall reign over Israel.”
In answer to her prayers, Hannah has a son, whom she names Samuel. She brings her young son to the tabernacle. She tells Eli that his promise has been fulfilled, and so she will fulfill her vow, giving up Samuel to the servant of God. Hannah promises to visit once each year and Samuel tells his mother that he will serve God all the days of his life.
At night, Samuel hears a voice calling to him. He thinks it is Eli, but the high priest, a good man for all his faults, knows that it is God calling to Samuel. Eli tells him that if he hears the voice again to let the Lord know that he is being heard. God tells Samuel that He has warned Eli and his sons to purify themselves and that a day of judgment will come against them.
Word comes that Eli’s sons have been defeated and killed, and the Philistines have taken the Ark. In shock, Eli falls to his death. Elijah’s prophecy has come to pass, and the young Samuel is now the high priest and the true prophet of Israel. Great blessings are on him and his faithful mother, Hannah.
Eli honored his sons and his position as high priest, above God. Even though he was warned by the Lord’s messenger, he did not change his ways. We too must remain ever obedient to God’s commands, and remain vigilant against pridefulness.
In contrast, when Hannah’s heartfelt desire to have a child was granted, she kept her promise to God and gave Samuel up to His service. God honors her faithfulness by establishing Samuel as Israel’s spiritual leader. Late in Samuel’s life the Lord would move him to anoint David as king, thus inaugurating Israel’s Golden Age and paving the way for the Messiah.
BONUS Resource & Activity Books:
Each interactive DVD includes a 48-page Resource & Activity Book full of skill-developing activities, word games, puzzles, coloring pages, and more! Provides hours of fun and learning for the entire family! The special “Certificate of Achievement” located in the back of the book serves as an excellent award your child can display after completing the activities.
DVD Chapter Index:
- Hannah Promised a Child
- Eli’s Sons Steal Sacrifice
- Eli is Condemned
- “Hannah’s Song”
- Samuel is Taken to the Tabernacle to Serve the Lord
- Samuel Witnesses Hophni and Phinehas’ Wrongdoings
- Samuel is Visited by His Mother
- The Lord Speaks to Samuel
- Samuel Tells Eli His Day of Judgment has Come
- The Ark is Taken From the Tabernacle
- Hophni and Phinehas are Slain and Eli Dies
- Samuel Serves the Lord as a Prophet
Principles and Values Taught in This Video:
Obedience, Prayer, Covenants, Humility, and Integrity.
Watch every chapter of the story unfold as the life of the prophet Samuel is told in this award-winning, Christian video.
Teach wisdom, inspiration, judgment and other positive character traits through the Nest Learning DVD on The Story of Samuel. In keeping her vow, Hannah dedicates her child to God. From his days as a young boy serving Eli, the high priest, to guiding the ancient Israelites, Samuel the prophet stands as an inspiring example of how we, too, can delight in our relationship with God.
A great resource to use at home for family devotions, in Sunday School any time of the year, or as a supplement to your home school curriculum.
Each Interactive Story Of Samuel DVD features:
All features offered in English and Spanish
English and Spanish movie and subtitles and audio dialog
Have fun learning history and character with 3-Level Interactive Quiz