Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more
God can use one’s wife or husband to lift a person up out of the position of ignominy that the person has been groping.
In the book of Judges 13, Manoah and his wife have been loving as married couples for long but they were barren. Assuming it is part of this world several things would have been spoken about the couple collectively and individually, people would have advised that they try other men and women to know maybe the problem is with the man or the woman. But they did not consent to this as they continued to harmoniously live not allowing anything to come in between them, putting their entire trust in Yahweh, perhaps bringing to mind the case of father Abraham and Sarah who were their fore father and mother. Despite their trust in God and this teaching nothing happened and they have resorted to live like that.
However, one day God visited the woman through the angel he sent to her. The reason for God deciding to visit the woman was not stated, because it is not common for God to visit the wife before the Husband in the land of Israel.
God may have decided to do this to show who this woman is that she indeed believes the teachings about their founding fathers and mothers, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca and she was practicing it, calling her husband lord.
“1Pe 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.”
Someone who is called lord, one would not want to do anything outside him.
God through her is showing students of the bible how the ancient holy women were treating their own husbands little wonder the sanctity of marriage was protected during their days unlike now.
Therefore, when the angel appeared unto the woman, she did not keep the incident to her own chest but she divulged it to her husband to know what she has experienced, so that he also would have a similar experience like hers’.
“Jdg 13:2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.
Jdg 13:3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
Jdg 13:4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
Jdg 13:5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
Jdg 13:6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:
Jdg 13:7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
Jdg 13:8 Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.”
“Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
When one prays amiss, one would not be answered by God. When one puts the leg he suppose to put back forward on the scale of preference asking of what he/she should not asked for at that point in time, God would penciled down the request and it will seem as if God has not heard the prayers nor God is far from the person.
Thus, several thoughts albeit negative ones would be running through the mind of the person, has God not forgiven me the sins I have confessed and repented of? Is it because of what happened last week that God is not answering this prayer? Is it because of this or that? Such would be the torrents of the questions that would be running through the mind of the person. Thinking God has forsaken him and he is far from him.
Whereas such wasn’t in the dictionary of God what happened was he was praying or has prayed amiss, and God has put those prayers in his book of remembrances such that when the time comes for such prayers to be answered he will answer the prayers to the letters.
“Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.”
Your (our) unanswered prayers may have no connections with any sin whatsoever, it may simply be that we have misplaced priorities, placing what should be behind in the front and God who sees and knows better has rearranged it for us and has put them in order of preference before him as he would answer to time in his time.
This woman, whose name is not mentioned in the bible, after telling her husband what happened, makes her husband to channel his prayers to the right means, and he was swiftly answered by God.
This is a sort of lifting for the man, yea the family as he had direct connection with the angel of the living God which may not have happened or had not happened prior this moment.
As God uses wives he equally uses husbands to sustain and lift wives up in the world.
Some in-laws are very good; they want the goodness of their son or daughter’s in-law always. Such people could do anything for the success and progress of their son/daughter in-law. An example of such in-law was Naomi. This woman despite what happened to her, never read meanings to the incidents of the past but ensure that she finds happiness for Ruth her daughter in law, and this she achieved when she returned to her country, Israel. (Ruth 2-4)
viii) Uncles (Foster Parents):
Mordecai was an uncle to Esther called Hadassah. When an opportunity presents itself in the land of their servitude, he did not hesitate to tell his niece to make use of the opportunity and fortunately for him his prayers was answered on her and what was in his mind for her came to pass.
“Est 2:7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.
Est 2:8 So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.”
There is no way she could have been chosen if Mordecai does not approve her to go for the trial alongside other maidens.
“Est 2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.
Est 2:16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.”
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