Mr. and Mrs. Manoah
For the next several days, we'll be reading about and considering the life of Samson, probably the best known judge of Israel. But before we turn to Samson, we're going to spend the rest of this week learning about and from his parents.
What struck me the most about Manoah and his wife was the absence of many responses or reactions you might expect to see. Samson's mom was barren. She and Manoah knew that, yet when this stranger (whom neither one recognized as being an angel) informs them of Samson's birth neither one showed any signs of disbelief, distrust, doubt, ridicule, skepticism. Instead, they simply believed. Manoah's words to the angel in verse 12 speak volumes. "Now when your words come true, what is to be the child's manner of life, and what is his mission?"
Imagine yourself in the place of Manoah or his wife. How do think you would have responded to this incredible news? What can we learn from Mr. and Mrs. Manoah today? Tami
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