Friday, March 21, 2008

Hannah and Joseph of Arimathea

Hannah and her husband (1 Samuel 1) were from Ramathaim, a village which later became known as Arimathea 15 miles west of Shiloh. (It was, by the way, near Ramathaim where Deborah sat as a judge (Judges 4:4-5).)

Does Arimathea make you think of the famous Sanhedrin member who was a secret believer, Joseph of Arimathea, who buried our Lord? Here are a few comparisons which come to mind between these two Arimatheans.
  • Hannah lived in the transition from the old tribal Israelite disunity to the monarchy.
  • Joseph of Arimathea lived in the transition from Old Covenant to New Covenant.
  • Hannah was not ashamed of her faith in God (1 Samuel 1:8-10).
  • Joseph of Arimathea was a secret believer in Jesus Christ (John 19:38).
  • Hannah quietly prayed for the birth of a son (1 Samuel 1:13).
  • Joseph of Arimathea boldly interceded for the burial of the Son (Mark 15:43).
  • Hannah was involved in the birth of the first great prophet and last judge, Samuel (1 Samuel 1:20).
  • Joseph of Arimathea was involved in the burial of the last and greatest Prophet and Final Judge, Jesus Christ (John 19:41-42).
  • Hannah's intercession was the prelude to the era of the Prophets who made intercession for the people before God.
  • Joseph of Arimathea's intercession was the prelude for the Messiah who ever lives to make intercession for us before the Father (Hebrews 7:25).
  • Hannah's son Samuel anointed David as king (1 Samuel 16:1).
  • Joseph of Arimathea's sepulchre was the place of anointing for the body of the Son of David, the King (John 19:39-40).