Sampson’s Parents Make a Vow

10% of church members cannot be found; 20% of church members never attend church; 25% admit that they never pray; 35% admit that they do not read their Bibles; 40% admit that they never contribute to the church through tithe or offering; 60% never give to missions; 70% never assu … More

Responsibility

Manoah and his wife did not have any children because she was barren. So the birth of Samson was miraculous as was the birth of Isaac, or Joseph or Benjamin. Manoah accepted that the visitor was a “man of God” (v.8), prayed for a second visit and that he and his wife would be prepared for the demands of parenthood (v. 9). His request was granted and as soon as the angel appeared Manoah’s wife ran to get him (v. 10. Manoah asked the angel how they as parents could fulfil their responsibilities and the angel simply gave the same instructions he had given to his wife on the first visit (vv. 11-12). The angel reminded the couple concerning the serious responsibility of the vow that was to be kept by her during her pregnancy and then by the son throughout his life (vv. 13-14). The important thing is that we are seeking His way and His will just as Manoah was.

Manoah was more careful and desirous to know the duty to be done, than to know the events: duty is ours, events are God’s. God will guide those who desire to know their duty and serious parents should beg Divine assistance. The angel repeats the directions he had before given. Samson was a Nazarite. He was God’s man, and that was the secret of the success he had. He was to be raised up for a great purpose, and his success was in God. Unfortunately he never succeeded in performing his God appointed task. He began to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines, but he never finished the task. He was a beginner, not a finisher. There are many Christians like that. They start out with a bang and end up with a fizzle. Many people begin to read the Bible, but many  fall by the wayside. They just begin and don’t go on with it.

Application

I have been in the ministry for almost 50 years, and I have known lots of people who start something but never finish it. I not only want to be a good starter but a good finisher also.

Judges 13:8-14 (English Standard Version)

Then Manoah prayed to the LORD and said, "O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born." And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field. But Manoah her husband was not with her. So the woman ran quickly and told her husband, "Behold, the man who came to me the other day has appeared to me." And Manoah arose and went after his wife and came to the man and said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to this woman?" And he said, "I am." And Manoah said, "Now when your words come true, what is to be the child's manner of life, and what is his mission?" And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful. She may not eat of anything that comes from the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. All that I commanded her let her observe."

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