Don’t Doubt in the “Dark” What God Has Shown in the “Light”.
Don’t Doubt in the “Dark” What God Has Shown in the “Light”
Judges 13:17-25 17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? 18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret? 19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on. 20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.21 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD. 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God. 23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these. 24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. 25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Verses 17-21 – We see that from the written Word that yet again, the LORD gives Monoah yet another clue. Monoah asks the angel “what is thy name……” This time the “angel” replies “Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret”? Another word for “secret” is “Wonderful”. Jesus replies Monoah with one of the many names that He would become known as.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Manoah and his wife are freaked out now. They have just realised “oh my goodness – that was the LORD the whole time”! They just witnessed the LORD’s ascension and all of the fire that accompanied it. This is going to be a game changer for Manoah. Look at their response after the LORD goes up – they go down on their faces before Him – realising that they have just seen the face of their God.
Verses 22-23 – If the LORD was going to kill them – why would He tell them that He was going to give them a son? This is like a role reversal. Usually the man is logical and practical, and the woman is emotional. Here – Manoah is emotional and she is logical and practical. Manoah is freaking out – he is convinced they are going to die. Manoah knows the Scriptures.
Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
His wife is the voice of reason as Manoah is beside himself. The way she says what she says is very telling, because in effect what she is saying is that God would never have accepted their burnt offering if that was the case – “WE” would have been the burnt offering! If He wanted to kill them, He would never have told them what He told them, and He would not have showed us what He showed us if He wanted to kill us.
A lesson that we can take from this account, is that we do err when we doubt in the dark what God showed us in the light. The LORD appears to them and shows them the light. He shows them and tells them that He is going to give them a son – so there is no reason to doubt that He won’t. God has just given them His Word that He is going to give them a son. That should be the end of it – but as the saying goes “we are only human huh”? To doubt is usually our default position. I am reminded of Joseph at this point. He had two dreams at the age of 17. He was rejected and spent 13 years in a dark and dismal pit/prison – waiting patiently for the manifestation of those dreams. Joseph spent an awful lot of time in the dark, before he got to the light.
Manoah’s wife is an amazing woman of God. It is not just what she says to her husband to alleviate his fear; it is more about what she didn’t say to her husband when he was in such fear thinking that the LORD was going to kill them. There is nowhere in the narrative of her emasculating him or ridiculing him, or belittling him, or even mocking him for being afraid. She doesn’t tell him to man up. He was genuinely afraid. It was all about what she did instead of doing that. She uses the Word that God gave them – that which God showed to them to encourage him, to comfort him and to remove that fear from him.
If only men of God and women of God find themselves numbered amongst the Manoah’s wives of this world, when in and through God’s Word are encouraging and comforting – not nagging. The guy already knows – he doesn’t need his wife to rub his nose in it. He needs an encouraging Word from God’s Word – a Word fitly spoken to him as an encouragement to him. He doesn’t want his wife to nag him, or complain or belittle him – that is the worst thing that a wife can do to her husband.
On the contrary – Manoah’s wife settles him and refocuses him and calms him down with the Word of God, the Word that God had given to them and she simply speaks it. Why is this written in the Scriptures? Could this detail about her be recorded for that very reason – so it can become for us – for wives and for husbands as well an example? This is what a Godly wife is; a Godly husband is like this and will be. Would to God that we would be quick to comfort and slow to critize. She could have been so critical of him – but no, she was quick to encourage; quick to comfort, slow to discourage and especially when one is fearful.
Verses 24-25 – Samson is born. The name “Samson” means “Sun-like”, or “Sunlight”. Samson was controlled by the Spirit of the LORD, and it caused him to do unusual things as far as the world was concerned. Samson was probably no different to look at than anyone else. His power was not in his physical might, it was in his power in God. As long as he kept the Nazarite vow, he would have the power of God working in him.