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Samson – Day 4

Judges 13:9

God heard Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman while she was out in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her. The woman hurried to tell her husband, “He’s here! The man who appeared to me the other day!”

The Thought

This verse makes me smile, as I imagine the visitor waiting calmly in the field, while the wife ran off in a panic to inform her husband of the second visitation. I also wonder why the angel didn’t go straight to Manoah wherever he happened to be. Maybe that was so that the couple would see him together. If the visitation had happened where the man was working, would he have gone for his wife as she ran to inform him?

I imagine the two of them running from their home to the field hoping that the visitor had not left. How near would they have to get to be convinced he was still there.

The angel was waiting patiently and responded calmly to Manoah’s questions confirming that he had already told his wife what they must do, ending with She must do everything I have commanded her (v14).


Think today about your own family relationships, if you live alone think about close friendships you have. Who would be the first you would tell of a strange occurrence? A family member? Somebody from church? A very good friend? Or would you keep it to yourself, thinking you would wait for proof of what had been said or done?

When the two disciples had seen Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24), they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the others who were very hesitant to believe them.

Read Luke 24:36-49 to find the reactions of the disciples on hearing that Jesus was still alive.

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