Judges 13* The Philistines, Samson announced. (1-7) The angel appears toManoah. (8-14) Manoah's sacrifice. (15-23) Birth of Samson.(24,25)1-7 Israel did evil: then God delivered them again into thehands of the Philistines. When Israel was in this distress,Samson was born. His parents had been long childless. Manyeminent persons were born of such mothers. Mercies long waitedfor, often prove signal mercies; and by them others may beencouraged to continue their hope in God's mercy. The angelnotices her affliction. God often sends comfort to his peoplevery seasonably, when they feel their troubles most. Thisdeliverer of Israel must be devoted to God. Manoah's wife wassatisfied that the messenger was of God. She gave her husband aparticular account, both of the promise and of the precept.Husbands and wives should tell each other their experiences ofcommunion with God, and their improvements in acquaintance withhim, that they may help each other in the way that is holy. 8-14 Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet, as Manoah,have believed. Good men are more careful and desirous to knowthe duty to be done by them, than to know the events concerningthem: duty is ours, events are God's. God will guide those byhis counsel, who desire to know their duty, and apply to him toteach them. Pious parents, especially, will beg Divineassistance. The angel repeats the directions he had beforegiven. There is need of much care for the right ordering both ofourselves and our children, that we may be duly separate fromthe world, and living sacrifices to the Lord. 15-23 What Manoah asked for instruction in his duty, he wasreadily told; but what he asked to gratify his curiosity, wasdenied. God has in his word given full directions concerning ourduty, but never designed to answer other questionings. There aresecret things which belong not to us, of which we must be quitecontented to be ignorant, while in this world. The name of ourLord is wonderful and secret; but by his wonderful works hemakes himself known as far as is needful for us. Prayer is theascent of the soul to God. But without Christ in the heart byfaith, our services are offensive smoke; in him, acceptableflame. We may apply this to Christ's sacrifice of himself forus; he ascended in the flame of his own offering, for by his ownblood he entered in once into the holy place, #Heb 9:12|. InManoah's reflections there is great fear; We shall surely die.In his wife's reflection there is great faith. As a help meetfor him, she encouraged him. Let believers who have hadcommunion with God in the word and prayer, to whom he hasgraciously manifested himself, and who have had reason to thinkGod has accepted their works, take encouragement from thence ina cloudy and dark day. God would not have done what he has donefor my soul, if he had designed to forsake me, and leave me toperish at last; for his work is perfect. Learn to reason asManoah's wife; If God designed me to perish under his wrath, hewould not give me tokens of his favour. 24,25 The Spirit of the Lord began to move Samson when a youth.This was evidence that the Lord blessed him. Where God gives hisblessing, he gives his Spirit to qualify for the blessing. Thoseare blessed indeed in whom the Spirit of grace begins to work inthe days of their childhood. Samson drank no wine or strongdrink, yet excelled in strength and courage, for he had theSpirit of God moving him; therefore be not drunk with wine, butbe filled with the Spirit.
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