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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,

Thanks for your comments.


Today's proverbs made me think whether I am to cautious (lack of faith) when faced with danger or am I to confident in my own abilities (I can do this on my own). This is a delicate balance and only goes back to believing in Jesus when faced with circumstance. In all things we can do through him. Watched the Jermey Lin Documentary last night on Netflix. If you get a change to watch it do so. I believe it relates to this scripture.

I wonder if Jesus came into our midst today, if we would recognize Him and worship Him or would we be skeptical as Nathanael. All too often I find myself being skeptical of the motives of good. It's like in a world full of secular priorities when faced with true righteousness it is almost too good to be true.

John 1: The choosing of the first discliples. "May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi". I really like Rob Bell's talk about how Jesus choose his disciples. He has a great Nooma Series and the one called "Dust" includes this clip (part 3). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQDtIOuA-9w

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