9th September 2020

Manoah’s Wife

“The angel of the LORD appeared to Manoah’s wife, He said…”
Judges 13:3a (NIRV)

I have been many things in my life. I started as my mother’s daughter, then my husband’s wife, my children’s mother and now my father’s daughter. The lady in question today is known simply as her husband’s wife.

Manoah’s wife is, in a way, a precursor to another female to follow centuries later—Mary, the mother of Jesus. Both were approached by an angel of God, both given instructions on the impending birth of a child to rescue God’s people—one physically, the other spiritually.

We don’t even get to know her name but we do know that she had more trust, faith and understanding than her named husband and famous son, Samson. How can I claim this?

Verse 6 relates, “Then the woman went to her husband. She told him, ‘A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God. His appearance was so amazing that it filled me with great wonder. I didn’t ask him where he came from. And he didn’t tell me his name.’” She goes on to tell her husband in detail all that transpired. Manoah wants to experience it for himself and asks God to send the man of God back with more instructions.

Here I have to smile as God sends the angel back to his wife! She fetches Manoah and the angel repeats the same message. It takes the acceptance of the burnt offering for Manoah to finally believe, and then he thinks God is now going to kill them. It is his wife who makes him see sense. In verses 22-3 he says, “‘We’re going to die!’ he said to his wife. ‘We’ve seen God!’ But his wife answered, ‘The Lord doesn’t want to kill us. If he did, he wouldn’t have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from us. He wouldn’t have shown us all these things. He wouldn’t have told us we’re going to have a son.’”

God chose to work directly with this nameless woman; God knew she would obediently carry out His instructions in raising her son to be another instrument He would use to further His plan for His people and, ultimately, all of mankind.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways. Help us to simply trust and obey. In Your son’s name we pray.

Study by Jackee Brown


About the Author:
Jackee Brown is a member in the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in London, a part of Grace Communion International .

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One Response to “9th September 2020”

  1. Ian Woodley on September 9th, 2020 12:21 pm

    Hi Jackee, I really like how this story draws out the difference that having ‘eyes of faith’ brings to our relationship with God. In one way, it is a shame that we don’t have a name to give this lady of faith. However, her faith enabled her to participate with God’s plan to save the Israelites from their oppressors. A wonderful nugget from Scripture!
    Many thanks for bringing our attention to this story.

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