But You Shall
Today, we will look at another amazing story from the book of Judges.
Title: BUT YOU SHALL!
“Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.”
Now, let’s get into the story, for sometimes the passage tells it best:
Again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years. Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”
So the woman came and told her husband, saying, “A Man of God came to me, and His countenance was like the countenance of the Angel of God, very awesome; but I did not ask Him where He was from, and He did not tell me His name. And He said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’ ” Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.” And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came to the woman again as she was sitting in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her.
Then the woman ran in haste and told her husband, and said to him, “Look, the Man who came to me the other day has just now appeared to me!” So Manoah arose and followed his wife. When he came to the Man, he said to Him, “Are You the Man who spoke to this woman?” (Doubt, disbelief) And He said, “I am.” Manoah said, “Now let Your words come to pass! What will be the boy’s rule of life, and his work?” So the Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful. She may not eat anything that comes from the vine, nor may she drink wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean. All that I commanded her let her observe.” Then Manoah said to the Angel of the Lord, “Please let us detain You, and we will prepare a young goat for You.” And the Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Though you detain Me, I will not eat your food. But if you offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to the Lord.” (For Manoah did not know He was the Angel of the Lord.) HOW CAN THIS BE? Then Manoah said to the Angel of the Lord, “What is Your name, that when Your words come to pass we may honor You?” And the Angel of the Lord said to him, “Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?” So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it upon the rock to the Lord. And He did a wondrous thing while Manoah and his wife looked on— it happened as the flame went up toward heaven from the altar—the Angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar! When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground. When the Angel of the Lord appeared no more to Manoah and his wife, then Manoah knew that He was the Angel of the Lord. And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, because we have seen God!” But his wife said to him, “If the Lord had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have shown us all these things, nor would He have told us such things as these at this time.” (She has wisdom and good logic) So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
-Judges 13:1-25 NKJV
I have learned that when you read the Bible, focus on the character of God and how He showed up. Here is another story of a woman being told by an Angel of a future birth. With this story, and others, the women get to know first about their births, and they even get to know the name of their unborn child. I love that. There are so many stories of brave woman in the Bible. I will highlight them as they stand out along my listening journey this year.
This woman was barren, something that brought shame to her and her husband, YET a life would soon arrive. I HOPE you can see hope all over this passage. Not only that, but her son grew and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. This is a repeated phrase throughout the Bible. I believe it still happens to us today. When it does, you are able to do more. Some like to call this our supernatural state.
I just love to find women honored and having conversations along with spirit/angels. Something always happens. Not even the husband could completely believe it. He had to have a sign. And even then, he was having a hard time understanding the reality of it all. It makes me wonder if the woman was really more of the spiritual leader in her home. Can anyone relate? She knew right away who the Angel was. However, her husband doubted it.
Husbands, sometimes you need to listen to the council of your wife. Small plug here today!
So, women, maybe barrenness is something you understand. Maybe you have experienced losses in the form of a miscarriage. Nevertheless, we serve a God Who Sees! It did come to pass. Samson had a very unique story in the Bible. He had a special purpose. So, take heart ladies in waiting. God is the one in the planning business and His surprises are right on time.
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