“Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her because the Lord has closed her womb”.

1 Samuel 1:6 (NKJV)

As a grace preacher and a firm believer in the love of God, 1 Samuel 1:5-6 was a very difficult verse to teach. How do you convince people that God loves them and wants them to have children when the bible says that God shut Hannah’s womb? I kept having such dilemma till one day, the Holy Spirit explained it to me.

You see, the word “God” (Elohim in Hebrew and Theos in Greek) means “Judge” or “Magistrate”. In the old covenant days, the accuser brought various accusations against God’s people but usually, there was no defence counsel or intercessor speaking for them except their high priests. The high priests were given a divine mandate by God to serve as intercessors (defence counsels) for His people. As a result, if there was a matter before God and the High Priest has not made any intercession on behalf of the accused, judgement had to be passed. Usually, the judgement was not in the favour of God’s people. Though God loved His people, He had to be a fair Judge. And when a judge passes a sentence, it is deemed that the judge is the one responsible for that action meted out to the accused, whether it is death, imprisonment or closure of the womb as was the case of Hannah. But as soon as Eli awoke to his high priestly duties and stood in the gap for Hannah, the Lord opened her womb.

In the new covenant, “we have such a High Priest who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty” Hebrews 8:1. He is alive and He makes intercessions for us, 24-7 (Hebrews 7:25). This is why in the new covenant, you cannot see any case of condemnation against God’s children. Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”. Whatever negative situation you face today IS NOT from God. You can stand in prayer and demand that there be a turn around and you will have your requests answered. Shalom!!