Judges 13

Judges 13 has a familiar start. “And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, so the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years”.  It is amazing that the people just can’t keep God where He belongs, isn’t it?  How can they forget so quickly all that God has done?  Unfortunately, we can probably ask ourselves the same question.  We tend to quickly forget God when things are going well and we get self-absorbed and fail to keep God in His rightful place, as Lord of our lives.

God sends an angel who appeared to the wife of Manoah.  “Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son”.  Another miracle baby is on the way.  The woman, who is never named, tells Manoah of the visit.  “Then Manoah prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born”.  It didn’t take him long to seek the Lord and find out what this was all about.

When the angel comes again in answer to his prayer, Manoah asks “what is to be the child’s manner of life, and what is his mission”?  What a great question to ask.  Manoah wants to be sure he doesn’t miss the mark in raising this child, whom he realizes is a gift from God.  He wants to keep God’s messenger with them for dinner, but of course being an angel that isn’t going to work.  So the is instructed to offer the goat as a sacrifice and “when the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, the angel of the Lord went up in the flame of the altar”.  That’s when Manoah figured out this wasn’t a man of God but an angel from God.

They follow his instructions, which was for the woman not to drink wine or strong drink, or eat anything unclean.  “The woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him”.  God enabled a woman who was barren to become pregnant, spoke to her and her husband of the plan, and then enabled a son to be born.  He was a special boy and God blessed him as he grew and the Spirit became part of him.  God is preparing to do some great things through Samson.

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  1. […] Judges 13 (asorensen.wordpress.com) We tend to quickly forget God when things are going well and we get self-absorbed and fail to keep God in His rightful place, as Lord of our lives. + God enabled a woman who was barren to become pregnant, spoke to her and her husband of the plan, and then enabled a son to be born.  He was a special boy and God blessed him as he grew and the Spirit became part of him.  God is preparing to do some great things through Samson. […]

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