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March 18 - Evening

Then Manoah prayed to the Lord and said,
“O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born.” 

And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman … And Manoah arose and went after his wife and came to the man and said to him,
“Are you the man who spoke to this woman?”

And he said, “I am.”  

And Manoah said,
“Now when your words come true, what is to be the child's manner of life, and what is his mission?” 

And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah,
| “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful. She may not eat of anything that comes from the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. All that I commanded her let her observe.” 

Manoah said to the angel of the Lord,
“Please let us detain you and prepare
a young goat for you.” 

And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah,
“If you detain me, I will not eat of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the Lord.”
(For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the Lord.) 

And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, 
“What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?”

And the angel of the Lord said to him, 
“Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”

- Judges 13:8-18

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Manoah - Insight into Samson's Dad    

Manoah is the name of Samson’s father. The Angel of the Lord has appeared to Manoah’s wife and told her she was going to have a son. Manoah’s wife was told specific instructions that included directions for her and for the child when he was born:

  • No wine or fermented drink for the mom
  • No unclean food according to the Levitical code for the mom
  • No razor used on the head of the boh
  • The boy will be a Nazirite all of his days (The law of Moses gave details concerning the stipulations and guidelines for a person taking a Nazirite vow in Numbers 6.)

Manoah’s wife told Manoah that, “A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome….” (Judges 13:6-7). She also told Manoah the specific instructions the angel had given her.

Manoah’s response to his wife’s news and Manoah’s dialogue with the Angel of the Lord when he returns is interesting and gives insight into the level of theology, or lack thereof, common in Israel at that time. We can learn a few things from this dialogue with the Angel of the Lord about the corrupt theology and the failure it produces in a man’s life and character.

  1. Manoah wants to see and speak with this Angel himself. Why? Is he a thrill seeker? Does he want the experience?  Does he doubt his wife? Or, does he really care and want more precise information. It appears Manoah is manipulating the situation and seeks to gain power by accessing this divine messenger.
  2. Manoah prayed to the Lord in 13:8, yet in 13:16 Manoah does not know he is talking to the Angel of the Lord. As would be expected a man in this generation does not have a clear line of demarcation between the Canaanite religion and YHWH worship or between the pagan gods and the Lord Almighty.
  3. Manoah wants more information in 13:8, but the Angel of the Lord responses to this by saying, “Your wife must do all that I have told her.” And, then merely repeats what he had already said. Important point here! The Lord does not add to or take away from his word. And, there is no further revelation. The Lord did not forget something. He said what he meant and he meant what he said.
  4. The Angel of the Lord appears again to Manoah’s wife who was in the field (13:9)
  5. Both times the Angel of the Lord appeared the man Manoah was not working in the field, but his wife was. In fact, when Manoah’s wife comes to get Manoah the second time the text says, “The woman hurried to tell her husband…Manoah got up and followed his wife.” (13:10-11) It appears that Manoah was lazy, slept in, and sent his wife to the fields instead of himself.
  6. When the angel replies to Manoah’s question, “Are you the one…,” the Angel of the Lord says, “I am.”
  7. When Manoah asks for more details, the Angel of the Lord does not provide any, but merely repeats the Word that had already been revealed. Literally Manoah asks, in the Hebrew, to know “the boys justice and his deeds.” The Angel of the Lord ignores this question and returns to the previous revelation given to the woman. Manoah will learn nothing new, other than confirmation that the Lord is dealing with his wife…not him.
  8. Manoah asks the Angel of the Lord to say for a meal. Manoah was either thinking he was a man of God from one of the tribes of Israel, or a prophet, since “Manoah did not realize that it was the angel of the Lord,” in 13:16. Or, Manoah was following the custom and understanding of the times that believed that feeding a meal to a divine being would both detain the deity causing them to spend more time with their host and would obligate the deity to provide additional blessings to the host. The Angel of the Lord says very specifically, “I will not eat any of your food.” The Angel of the Lord ate with Abraham and Moses because they were friends and allies, but Manoah is not considered faithful, worthy or a friend of God.
  9. The Angel of the Lord does say, “But if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the Lord.”
  10. Manoah asked the name of the Angel of the Lord. Manoah still thinks it is a man or a prophet, and  Manoah says they want to honor the man (probably as a true prophet) when his words come true. Manoah may doubt the words of the Angel of the Lord, and seek to hold him accountable by asking his name. Or, by knowing the name of a deity a man had access to the deity and gave the man a form of power and privilege. Worst case scenario – Manoah wanted to honor the messenger instead of the Lord.
  11. The Angel of the Lord replies to the request to know his name by asking the question: “Why do you ask my name?” and then making a statement concerning his name: “It is beyond understanding.”  The Angel of the Lord’s answer indicates that he is no mere messenger, but contains the divine nature of God himself. This is the second member of the Trinity, the Son of God, speaking to Manoah and his wife.
  Christian Quote from Church History

"A soul that is unoccupied
with truth will fill itself
with false realities
to satisfy the void."
- Galyn Wiemers





Something to Ponder??

Mark Twain describes the appearance of Jerusalem in his book "The Innocents Abroad" when he visited the Holy Land in 1869:

"A fast walker could go outside the walls of Jerusalem and walk entirely around the city in an hour. I do not know how else to make one understand how small it is. The appearance of the city is peculiar. It is as knobby with countless little domes as a prison door is with bolt-heads. Every house has from one to half a dozen of these white plastered domes of stone, broad and low, sitting in the center of, or in a cluster upon, the flat roof. Wherefore, when one looks down from an eminence, upon the compact mass of houses (so closely crowded together, in fact, that there is no appearance of streets at all, and so the city looks solid,) he sees the knobbiest town in the world, except Constantinople. It looks as if it might be roofed, from center to circumference, with inverted saucers. The monotony of the view is interrupted only by the great Mosque of Omar, the Tower of Hippicus, and one or two other buildings that rise into commanding prominence."

- Mark Twain,
The Innocents Abroad

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Tapeinos (Gr) – Humble (Eng) – tapeinos is a Greek word that means “low lying,” and “humble.” Tapeinos means “humble in spirit” in Matthew 11:29 and 2 Corinthians 16:1; “of low degree” in Luke 1:52; “of low estate” in Romans 12:16; and in 2 Corinthians 7:6 Tapeinos refers to “cast down” of “lowly.”


Trees are used throughout scripture as a symbol of life, eternal life, immortality, physical health and spiritual healing. Jewish artwork, masonry work in stone and literary writings commonly depicts trees as symbols of life. In 1 Kings 6:31-35 images of trees were carved into the two olive wood doors leading into the Most Holy Place. Palm trees, cherubim and flowers were also carved into the two pine doors for the main entrance into the Temple. These doors were overlaid with gold. The Menorah itself may have been designed to represent a tree supporting light. There was one menorah, or lampstand in the Tabernacle, but there were ten in Solomon’s Temple
(1 Kings 7:49). Trees are seen in these important verses: Genesis 2:8-9,16-17;
3:1-7, 22-24; Ezekiel 47:7, 12; Psalm 1; Proverbs 3:18; Revelation 22:1-5. (An image of the Menorah from the Herodian Temple of the New Testament is seen on the Arch of Titus here. And, here is an image of a Menorah cut into stone from a synagogue in Eshtemoa, near Hebron, Israel. Other images of Menorah's are here, here
and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I control the words of my mouth? Do I consider the consequences my words produce?
I will learn from my mistakes and correct my speaking habits.
I will speak words of wisdom in truth and love.
I will refrain from speaking rashly.

  "The lips of fools bring them strife,
    and their mouths invite a beating."
- Proverbs 18:6
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Details of a Persian Silver drachm coin from before 333 BC showing a god seated on a winged wheel. This is very similar to Ezekiel's vision of YHWH in Ezekiel 1:15-28.
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This is a photo taken in the ancient city water system of Jerusalem below the southwest corner of the Temple Mount. A building stone that fell from the Temple Mount around 10 BC during the construction of Robinson's arch plummeted to the street, wedged into the gutter system and was never recovered. Charles Warren came across this stone in 1873 and
captured it in one of his drawings.
(See Warren's drawing from 1873 of the same stone here.)
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