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Elkanah – man of God – 1 Samuel 1.3-5 - “Year after year (Elkanah) went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord. Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her…” Elkanah was a Godly man. Let’s be clear from the start that he had two wives (a bad idea and definitely not God’s best for anyone!) But back in those days there was no IVF and no medical treatment so the only way to have children if one wife couldn’t have children (his wife Hannah couldn’t have children) – was to marry someone who could (he married Peninnah too). OK so that wasn’t great. But Elkanah really was a Godly man and we can learn lots from him whether we’re male or female. First of all, Elkanah offered worship and sacrifice to the Lord. He could have turned his back on God because Hannah couldn’t have children but he didn’t. A survey found that a large percentage of atheists had known God or known about God but faced a great disappointment that had turned their hearts against God. Just a lesson for us not to turn on God if things seem to go wrong. Second, he looked after his family (including Peninnah & kids) and gave Hannah double because she couldn’t have children. Third, in those days the fact that your wife (in Elkanah’s case, Hannah) couldn’t have children was a cause of great social embarrassment so Elkanah was Godly in that he kept Hannah as his wife. Fourth, when God answered Hannah’s prayers, she gave birth to Samuel. Elkanah played his part in the birth of Samuel (!) and he supported his wife when she told him that Samuel was to be dedicated to the Lord. So he loved God and worshipped God; he looked after his family; he stayed together with his wife for life; he also supported his wife, even when he didn’t understand everything. In these four ways we can all be like Elkanah – faithful, loving God, loving our family and doing what is right!