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Judges 13:1-14:20

In verses three through five in the 13th chapter of Judges it seems, Mike, in my understanding of the text in the NLT, and I went to other translations also, except in the Message translation, Manoah’s wife is told before she is to become pregnant that she is to either cease from consuming unclean food, or not eat any at all, as well as eating/drinking fruit from the vine. Reading this brought to mind the words spoken to Jeremiah in the first chapter,

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5 KJVR)

The implication here is that conception begins in the mind of God and not at the moment of conception. That is way DEEP!

In also reading about Samson, I wonder if his family rehearsed within his hearing the calling upon his life? Did they tell him of the circumstances of his birth; and if they did, did he think they were just some crazy nuts who gave birth to him in their old age? The fact that he killed the lion, ate the honey out of the carcass of a lion, and didn’t tell them may mean that had warned him, told him about the laws governing his life.

I’m wondering if Samson was a little arrogant and impressed with his own “press” because of his strength. Did he not understand that who he was and what he was able to do came from God? Did he think he was “all that?” When he turned in to see the state of the lion, while going to his wedding, was it to see his handiwork. Knowing that human nature and our tendencies to “dance” at the goal line when we make a big score is not a new phenomena, leads me to think Samson was not very humble, like Moses. Which begs the question, Am I like Samson?

Grace and peace,

34And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

Today we read about Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathaniel coming to Jesus. Much is said about these guys and their lack of faith and understanding but here at least they got it right. They left everything to follow Jesus and they didn't have the benefit of the New Testament all written out for them like we have! I am pretty impressed by this act of faith.
Ps. 102 reminded me of some good advice I received from a pastor many years ago. That is when you find yourself over your head and starting to drift, go back to what you know for sure and proceed from there. That is just what the psalmist did when he was in a desperate situation and desperate for answers. He said, "But You, O LORD, sit enthroned forever." I have been there, where I don't know which end is up. It is times like that when all I can do is say, "Jesus loves me this I know..." There is solid ground in this kind of knowledge.

Sometimes(or maybe most of the time) we tend to rely on our strength (like Samson) or so confident of our capabilities without realizing that everything is from God.

Jesus called His disciples from ordinary people who dropped everything and follow Him. Often it is hard to leave our comfort zone to follow Jesus and His teachings.

Psalm 102 is a great prayer for us when we find ourselves in trouble. God is always and will always be there for us if we call upon Him (through prayer). Although not all my prayers are answered, I feel assured that God has His time and reasons for unanswered prayers. Mind you, He has answered a lot of my prayers. Praise God.

YES! YES! When John saw Him and said "Look Lamb of God who take away the sin of the world John 1:29. BELIEVE THIS VERSE!

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