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Even before Samson was born, God made it known that he was destined for great things. One day the Angel of the Lord appeared to Samson’s mother and said: “You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son. 4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean, 5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines” (Judges 13:3-5).
The astonished mother-to-be ran to her husband, Manoah, and reported what had been said. You have to admire Manoah’s response. He didn’t grunt an acknowledgment and go back to the Sports page. He prayed. He prayed that God would send the messenger again to, as he put it, “teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born” (Judges 13:8). Dads, Manoah sets a great example for us. He’s not content to leave the childrearing to his wife. He wants in on the action but is humble enough to admit that he’s not sure how to do that. And so he turns to the Lord in prayer. Do we, like Manoah, eagerly seek the Lord’s guidance in raising our children? Or are we content to fake our way through this thing called “parenting” because we’re too busy researching our fantasy football picks? That wasn’t Manoah’s attitude. How blessed Samson was to have a father like that!
God answered Manoah’s prayer and the Angel of the Lord appeared again but he just repeated what he had already told the Mrs.: neither she nor the son to be born should drink alcohol or eat anything unclean like pork. And they shouldn’t cut the boy’s hair, ever, as his long hair would proclaim the he had been dedicated to God’s service (like a nun’s habit would proclaim). No new information, however, was forthcoming.
Manoah doesn’t seem willing to settle for that and so he offers to prepare the messenger a meal, perhaps hoping that a taste of goat BBQ would loosen the stranger’s tongue. But the Angel of the Lord said: “Even though you detain me, I will not eat any of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the LORD” (Judges 13:15). Manoah still didn’t know that this visitor was from heaven and so he prodded: “What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?” (Judges 13:17) But Manoah’s inquiries had gone far enough. The Angel of the Lord replied: “Why do you
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