Read Judges 13:1-10
M. Philistine Oppression and Samson’s Career. 1. Annunciation and birth of Samson. Israel did evil again. God punished again. An angel tells Manoah’s barren wife that she will bear a son.
She is to control her diet and raise the son as a Nazarite. Manoah prays and God sends the angel back for confirmation.
- Evil in the eyes of the Lord. Notice in vs. 1 that the people did evil again in the eyes of the Lord. And the Lord punished again.
First, we should work on getting rid of anything that God considers to be evil. Think about how some say that tithing is not robbing God, but God’s word says that it is. Some say that when adults are co-habituating (i.e., shaking) it is alright, but God calls it sin.
Second, God still punishes sin. We should not test God and try to see how much we can get away with before He punishes us.
Third, God’s punishment can take a long term. The people suffered 40 years under the control of the Philistines. We don’t have 40 years to waste on being punished for our rebellion. Let’s work on living by God’s word, instead of doing what is evil in His sight.
- God’s mysterious ways. Notice in vss. 2-3 that God works in mysterious ways. God sent an angel. The angel talked to a woman, in a male dominate society.
God sent pregnancy to a barren unnamed woman. God sends a baby who has to grow up, in order to be the next Judge.
In like manner, God still works in mysterious ways. Sometimes we understand what God is doing and why He is doing it. But there are many times that we don’t understand God’s reasoning or methods.
Let’s work on developing the faith needed to accept and obey God’s will. Prayerful study, obedience, and the support of other disciples can help us with our faith development.
- Prenatal care. Notice in vss. 4-5 that God had some prenatal instructions for the mother, especially since God had plans for the child.
First, mothers are called to take care of themselves for both their own sakes and for the babies’ sake. Proper diet, exercise, rest, and doctor visits should be on every “soon to be” mother’s list of priorities.
Second, God still has plans for our children. All of them may not be a Samson, but God can still use them to be a part of a great work. Let’s work on supporting healthy mothers and nurturing our children to serve the Lord.
- Relational communication. Notice in vss. 6-7 of this chapter of Judges that Manoah and his wife talked about what was going on. There are so many marriages and relationships that suffer from all kinds of dysfunction because of a lack of healthy communication.
It is the duty of both the husband and the wife to give extra effort to healthy communication. Such is needed for a healthy marriage. And such is needed as a means of aiding the work of God.
Let’s work on developing and maintaining health communication practices. This application is important for friendships, work relationships, church relationships, and in any relationship that we want to be ongoing.
- Prayer. Notice in vs. 8 that Manoah prayed and God answered. First, there may be those who criticize Manoah for asking God to send the angel back.
It seems as if Manoah may have had some questions about the wife’s report. But to Manoah’s credit, he talked to God about what was on his heart. In like manner, we would do well to talk with God about whatever is on our heart. God can help us sort it out.
Second, God answered Manoah’s prayer, by sending the angel back to the wife. In like manner, we should be open to God answer our prayers, in whatever way He sees fit.
Let’s work on praying and trusting God’s response. Think about this application and how hard it is to get believers to pray today.
Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedient, instead of disobedient. God has much for those who obey His will.Please click here to let us know, if this has been quality and helpful information for you (i.e., make sure you let us know the name of the article). Feel free to share your questions and comments about the article as well.