Samson’s Mother

Judges 13:3  “And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman….”

     I like studying the Godly women of Bible.  Each one has their own unique characteristics which give us patterns of life to learn from and wonderful examples to follow.  Here in Judges we have a woman whose name we do not ever know, but we can learn much from her.  She is called Manoah’s wife and Samson’s mother, and that is enough for her because she is a humble woman.  When the story begins she has no children and is said to be “barren.”  In Bible times and even for many women today, not being able to have children is a very difficult situation to accept, so we know she and her husband had a certain sadness about this.
     One day, an Angel of the Lord appeared unto her and told her all that would change……..she was going to have a son!  She was to obediently follow all the instructions given to her.  Quickly she ran to her husband to tell him the wonderful news.  When Manoah heard about the son they were to have, and how he was to be a Nazarite from the day he was born, he immediately had concerns about how to raise this boy and “entreated the Lord'” to “let the man of God whom You have sent come to us again that he may teach us what to do for the boy who is to be born.”  
     The Lord listened to Manoah and the Angel of the Lord appeared a second time but again only to the woman.  But she cared for her husband and was aware of his desires and quickly ran to get him.  So the Angel of the Lord spoke with them both.  After this, a sacrifice was offered and the “Angel of Lord ascended in the flame of the offering.”  Manoah was so overtaken that he said “We will surely die, because we have seen God.”  Again, our unnamed woman, Manoah’s wife, showed patience and encouragement toward her husband as she gently said, ” 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 showed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.”   In other words, if they were going to have a son, they would not die.                
     We can learn much from this humble, obedient, unnamed woman, who did not seek honor for herself, but honored her husband by being aware of his desires.  And by caring and showing gentleness and encouragement toward her husband, she gives us a wonderful example to follow.
Theme: The Better Way: Being a Wife is Good: Being a Humble, Caring, Gentle, Encouraging Wife is Better

About Gail Slawson

I am a 74 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After 54 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 5 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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1 Response to Samson’s Mother

  1. Linda says:

    Fantastic, Gail. Thank you.


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