Samuel’s Boyhood Foreshadows Jesus’ Boyhood

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Earlier this fall, I was reading through 1 Samuel during my personal devotion time and came across a verse that made me pause and think:

1 Samuel 2:26—“Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man.”

As a young boy, Samuel’s character marked a contrast to the sinful behavior of Eli’s sons Hophni and Phinehas. And throughout the Old Testament, we see God preserving faithful remnants who remained true to God despite the actions of those around them.

The Gospel writer Luke highlighted Mary’s song of praise, which bears many similarities to Hannah’s song of Praise in the Old Testament after the birth of her son Samuel (see yesterday’s post). Luke also draws a connection between Samuel and Jesus.

Look at Luke 2:52—“And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”

These two verses are the only ones in Scripture to describe someone as growing in stature and in favor with God and man.

Why did Luke choose similar language to describe Jesus as had been used to describe Samuel?

I’d never thought before of the young boy Samuel being comparable to the young boy Jesus—a deepening of my understanding of the story behind the first Christmas.