hints of Him
Judges 13:1-7 (JDV)
Judges 13:1 But the sons of Israel again did what was evil in Yahveh’s eyes, so Yahveh gave them over to the Philistines’ hands forty years.
Judges 13:2 There was one man from Zorah, from the family of Dan, whose name was Manoah; his wife was unable to conceive and had no children.
Judges 13:3 The agent of Yahveh appeared to the woman and said to her, “I noticed that you are unable to conceive and have no children, but you will conceive and give birth to a son.
Judges 13:4 Now be really careful not to drink wine or beer, or to eat anything unclean;
Judges 13:5 because notice, you will conceive and give birth to a son. You must never cut his hair, because the boy will be a Nazirite to God from birth, and he will begin to deliver Israel from the power of the Philistines.”
Judges 13:6 Then the woman went and told her husband, “A man of God came to me. He looked like the awe-inspiring agent of God. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name.
Judges 13:7 He said to me, ‘You will conceive and give birth to a son. Therefore, do not drink wine or beer, and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite to God from birth until the day of his death.'”
hints of Him
The people of God are under an oppressive rule, and a divine agent appears to a woman, telling her that she is going to give birth to a deliverer. Sound familiar? We get hints throughout the Bible that the main story is about Jesus. Although the story of Samson was anything but typical of the story of Jesus, we still see a shadow of the cross when we read this introduction to his story.
LORD, thank you for your story throughout the Bible, the story of our Savior.