Archive for February 14th, 2012

Judges 13

Judges 13 begins with a here we go again moment.  “And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord”.  One would think the people would learn, wouldn’t you?  But they don’t.  They become consumed with their own desires and are unwilling to continue to walk in obedience with God.  So The Lord hands them “into the hand of the Philistines for forty years”.  They turn from God and He turns from them.  The same will happen to us if we refuse to stay connected with the Father.  He desires and requires our focus.

God begins to make a way to restore His people.  He sends an angel to the wife of “Manoah…..his wife was barren and had no children……the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman”.  This sounds a bit familiar doesn’t it?  Woman who has not had any children – angel shows up and gives the message that a child is to be born.   The message was “you shall conceive and bear a son”.  There are some instructions about how she is to live – “no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean” but then the rather unique requested: “no razor shall come upon his head…..he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines”.

Manoah isn’t exactly sure of what his wife comes back and tells him.  So “Manoah prayed”.  There is a great lesson to be learned.  If you have a question about what God is up to – pray.  Seek the Lord for answers.  He calls out and asks God to “come again to us and teach us what we are to do”.  He doesn’t want to mess this up – there is obviously quite a lot at stake here.  God does what He normally does when we pray – He answered.  “God listened to the voice of Manoah” and came and gave him the same instruction He had to his wife.  This is a very familiar sort of story, isn’t it?

Manoah wants to feed the angel – but that isn’t happening as angels don’t really need food.  So the angel instructs Manoah to offer a burnt offering, and when he does “the angel of the Lord went up in the flame of the altar”. Pretty cool trick.  “Manoah and his wife were watching, and they fell on their faces to the ground”.  They may not have known exactly what was going on but they certainly knew that this wasn’t some normal kind of day.  It was clear this was a God thing and Manoah gets it now.  A baby is born and they “called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the Lord blessed him”.  Very familiar sounding event – and one who would save his people in a different way from how Jesus did it much later in history.

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