Another wise woman recorded in the Bible, the unnamed mother of Samson. How was she wise? Let us read the following passages from the Bible. In short, God chose to talk to her about what He would do and what she must do on her part. It reminds us of God speaking to Mary direct instead of through Joseph. God knew that this woman could take the supernatural message from a spiritual host. She would believe and obey by her faith in the supernatural God. On the other hand we see how the man reacted with his mind and doubted all the way. He only realized the ‘man of God’ was an angel when he saw the angel rising to heaven in the offering flame. But unlike the wife, still he missed the meaning of the whole supernatural manifestation and God’s good purpose for revealing His divine plan to man. The wife was wiser because she showed that she knew God more than the husband did.
- the woman was not even named and yet God’s messenger (the angel) appeared to her first twice, and spoke to her first.
- God’s instructions for her to keep apart 9no wine or unclean food) were directly given to her first hand and not through her husband.
- She was not sure he was an angel but she observed that his countenance was like the Angel, “very awesome”, she thus told her husband.
- After her husband prayed for the reappearance of the ‘man of God’ (who in fact was an angel), God sent the angel again and he again appeared to the woman without alone.
- When the husband asked for instructions, the angel gave the same instructions he had earlier given to the woman who already them to the husband. So what the husband did was quite redundant.
- But the husband insisted doing further actions so the angel told him to give a burnt offering to the Lord instead. He did and the Angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar.
- When this happened the man was afraid and thought that they would be killed seeing the Lord.
- But the wise woman assured him otherwise. Read her reasoning. What wisdom!
Judges 13 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Birth of Samson
Again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.
2 Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children. 3 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. 4 Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. 5 For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”
6 So the woman came and told her husband, saying, “A Man of God came to me, and His countenance was like the countenance of the Angel of God, very awesome; but I did not ask Him where He was from, and He did not tell me His name. 7 And He said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’”
8 Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.”
9 And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came to the woman again as she was sitting in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 Then the woman ran in haste and told her husband, and said to him, “Look, the Man who came to me the other day has just now appeared to me!”
11 So Manoah arose and followed his wife. When he came to the Man, he said to Him, “Are You the Man who spoke to this woman?”
And He said, “I am.”
12 Manoah said, “Now let Your words come to pass! What will be the boy’s rule of life, and his work?”
13 So the Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful. 14 She may not eat anything that comes from the vine, nor may she drink wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean. All that I commanded her let her observe.”
15 Then Manoah said to the Angel of the Lord, “Please let us detain You, and we will prepare a young goat for You.”
16 And the Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Though you detain Me, I will not eat your food. But if you offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to the Lord.” (For Manoah did not know He was the Angel of the Lord.)
17 Then Manoah said to the Angel of the Lord, “What is Your name, that when Your words come to pass we may honor You?”
18 And the Angel of the Lord said to him, “Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?”
19 So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it upon the rock to the Lord. And He did a wondrous thing while Manoah and his wife looked on— 20 it happened as the flame went up toward heaven from the altar—the Angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar! When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground. 21 When the Angel of the Lord appeared no more to Manoah and his wife, then Manoah knew that He was the Angel of the Lord.
22 And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, because we have seen God!”
23 But his wife said to him, “If the Lord had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have shown us all these things, nor would He have told us such things as these at this time.”
24 So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. 25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan[a] between Zorah and Eshtaol.
- Judges 13:25 Literally Camp of Dan (compare 18:12)