*I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to post yesterday! It was a crazy day with lots of errands to run. We actually bought a new car! We’ve been saving for and looking at Kia Sorentos for a while, knowing that our ’99 Chevy Blazer wouldn’t last much longer, and my dad found a great deal online for a silver Sorento V6. We drove 2.5 hours to get it, and 2.5 hours back. By the time we were home, I had a post written but it was just too late to add media and such, never mind hit the publish button 😂
To make a long story short, that post will come out Thursday.
Last week, my grandparents took my brothers and I to Branson, where we saw Samson at the Sight and Sound Theater. It was so awesome, in the true sense of the word! I was thinking of doing Samson as my Story of the Bible this week, but decided on his mother. Her story begins when an angel comes down from heaven to give her a very important message…
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine not strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. -Judges 13:3-5, KJV
Whoa. That is a lot to dump on a person in just a few sentences. But the Bible says nothing of her being phased, she just goes and tells her husband the news! Suddenly, she will be pregnant and their son will have to keep a Nazarite vow, and their son will also put in motion the process of freeing Israel from Philistia!
Her husband, Manoah, is obviously surprised. He intreats the Lord that the man (not angel; Manoah didn’t believe his wife when she said an angel told her this) would come to him, so that he could ask how to raise the child right. God sends the angel to just the woman again, but she hurries to get Manoah and brings him to talk with the angel too.
Manoah asks the angel how they should raise their coming son. All the angel tells him is what he has already told Manoah’s wife. Still not realizing that it was an angel, Manoah offers him something to eat.
And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD. -Judges 13:16, KJV
So Manoah asks him his name, but the angel says it is a secret. By now, Manoah must not know what to think of this possibly crazy man who waltzed in to tell his wife she would be pregnant, but won’t eat their food or even share his name. Keep in mind that, as far as the Bible tells us, Manoah’s wife never doubted for a second that it was an angel from God, even when her husband wasn’t convinced.
Manoah goes ahead and makes an offering to God, as the stranger suggested. Then, something occurs that changes Manoah’s mind and doesn’t leave a trace of skepticism behind.
So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: And the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on. For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell in their faces to the ground. -Judges 13:19 & 20, KJV
The reason I titled this “Manoah’s Wife” and not “Manoah,” was because many of the lesson we can take from this account come from her example. One thing I noticed was that she trusted God. She believes that it was his angel, and she steadily obeyed what God told her. Another thing that stood out was that she was a faithful wife, too. Even though the angel appeared to her alone for a second time, she led her husband to him because she knew how curious he was. She could have just not told Manoah and talked to the angel herself, but that isn’t who she was. What did you like about this story?