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"Then the woman went to her husband and told him, "A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn't ask him where he came from, and he didn't tell me his name. But he said to me, 'You will conceive and give birth to a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from birth until the day of his death.' " Then Manoah prayed to the LORD: "O LORD, I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born." Judges 13:6-8
Ok seriously, if you went to your husband (if you don't have one, pretend with me for a minute here) and said, "This guy appeared to me, it was awesome! And he told me I was gonna have a baby and I have to be on this strict diet because God has this awesome plan for him. Um, but I kinda forgot to ask his name and come to think of it, I don't really know where he is from." What would he say? Really, stop and think about it. What would he say?
Austin, being a pretty skeptical person would patiently listen to me and then probably point out all the ways what I was saying was a little off the rocker. Most husbands would I think.
So how shocking that Samson's dad, Manoah's first response was to turn to God in prayer and say, "O LORD, I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born." What!? He's totally past the some strange guy telling his wife she is gonna get pregant part an onto the ok, but how do we raise him part.
So really I have more questions than answers today. Does this speak more highly of Manoah and the faith he had in his wife or does it speak more highly of Samson's mama and her trustworthiness that her husband has full confidence in her. Get this, even when the word of the Lord was rare. After Samson comes Samuel and in 1 Sam. 3:1 it says, "The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions."
And if it does speak highly to Manoah's faith, why does he beg the Lord to send someone to tell them how to raise the baby in the Nazarite vow? Scripture in Numbers, which they had, told them what a Nazarite vow was and laid out what was expected. Did he not trust God's Word to be enough or perhaps did he not have access to it?
So in the times when there are more questions than answers we are left with anticipation of the day when we will get to sit face to face with Jesus and next to him Manoah and Samson's mama and hear them tell the story. That's gonna be sweet! Oh how incredible heaven is going to be!
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2/21/2012 02:32:33 pm
I really enjoyed this passage of Scripture tonight!
2/21/2012 06:20:52 pm
I am stopping by via Winsome Wednesday. I have been looking for some new devotionals online, so I am gonna bookmark your blog. Awesome words today!! Blessings, www.questofthenocturnalbaker.blogspot.com
2/21/2012 11:32:28 pm
Hi Laura, Thanks for a very interesting post. I'd never thought about it that way before. Excellent questions. I wonder if he asked for that as a confirmation of what his wife had shared. Or, as you wisely pointed out, tho they had Scriptures, it wasn't in their home and easily accessible. And perhaps his local priest wasn't easily approachable? What a joy and blessing that we have the Bible readily available - in books, on tape, in my iPod and iPhone, and so many other ways. Truly a miracle of God for us. Thanks for such interesting food for thought. (P.S. Wanted to let you know your link to the conference is misspelled so it goes to a 404. :) ) Have a blessed and beautiful first day of Lent 2012.
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