Manoah’s wife was barren and had borne no children. As the goat and the grain offering are placed in the fire of the altar, the Angel immerses Himself within the flame, ascends to Heaven and disappears from view.

Obviously, the woman is very excited, but hardly overwhelmed. Interestingly, while sharing with her husband the news of the impending birth and the divine instruction about raising their child as a Nazarite, she leaves out any mention of their son’s destiny as Israel’s awaited deliverer. Thankyou Noni. It was a husband’s role and privilege to name his son. The angel repeats the instructions he has already given to Manoah’s wife. Her story is found in Judges 13:1-24.

She immediately went to inform her husband, and Manoah followed his wife to where the Man of God was located. If God had wanted to kill them, she says, he would not have: *shown them the wonder they had just witnessed; *given them the announcement of a coming child; Manoah’s wife demonstrated insight into God’s character that her husband lacked. That puts her among a long list of barren women that are given the promise of sons. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Nothing they could say would dissuade Samson.

The Man did not give His name since “it is wonderful” (verse 18). When her husband seeks confirmation He returns to repeat His message, by-passing the man and going directly to the woman once again when her husband is not with her.

Second, the Man had showed them all these things, and third, the Man had “told us such things as these at this time” (verse 23). For now, at least, the child’s future would remain a secret between the Angel of the Lord and Manoah’s wife.

His wife reassured him that they wouldn’t die.

Keeping her wits about her, she calmly goes to tell her husband. At this point, Manoah just wanted to know what his son’s rule of life and his work would be (verse 12). However, the account in Judges states that Samson’s choice would be used by God, and that God was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines (Judges 14:4).

Was she worshiping, cooking, working in the fields? Did you notice anything missing from the exchange? She is given specific dietary instructions to observe while she is pregnant, and instructed that her child, who ‘shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines’ is to be brought up as a Nazarite (see Numbers 6:1-21). ( Log Out /  Print subscriptions available in U.S., Canada and Europe, Article URL: Whether he did not entirely believe his wife’s story, or was simply taking responsibility as head of his family, we can only speculate, but he prays and asks God to send the ‘man’ again to confirm to ‘us’ how the boy should be raised. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version (© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.).

Manoah, who is apparently a devout man, then prays that God will send the angel back to teach them “how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”. If you are one of them, rest assured your name is very well-known to God. The meaning of her name could be associated with the angel of the Lord. God gave them a king. In doing so she joins the ranks of countless dedicated, nameless women throughout history who heard from God, acted on His Word, and bravely trusted Him despite adverse outward circumstances. For more stories of women of faith, see the other articles in our “Women of Faith” section. Possibly he seeks the man’s name so he can hold him to account should his promise of a son prove false. ( Log Out /  Thankyou again for taking the time to comment.