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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,
Ramona

Mike and everyone,
I read in "A Prayer of the Afflicted: A Study of Psalm 102
BY JASON JACKSON", in Christian Courier.
really encourages me, share some points that Jackson wrote (all verses from NLT):
*God is above time and its inherent problems (12).
12 But you, O Lord, will sit on your throne forever.
Your fame will endure to every generation.
*God is a being of mercy and pity (13).
13 You will arise and have mercy on Jerusalem —
and now is the time to pity her,
now is the time you promised to help."
*God is trustworthy; therefore, he will fulfill his promises (14-16).
14 For your people love every stone in her walls
and cherish even the dust in her streets.
15 Then the nations will tremble before the Lord.
The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory.
16 For the Lord will rebuild Jerusalem.
He will appear in his glory.
*God hears our prayers, cares when we hurt, and will act on behalf of his people (17, 19, 20).
17 He will listen to the prayers of the destitute.
He will not reject their pleas.
19 Tell them the Lord looked down
from his heavenly sanctuary.
He looked down to earth from heaven
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to release those condemned to die.
*God can encourage later generations through the help he gives his people today. (18)
18 Let this be recorded for future generations,
so that a people not yet born will praise the Lord.
*When God renders help, men will praise and serve him (21-22).
21 And so the Lord’s fame will be celebrated in Zion,
his praises in Jerusalem,
22 when multitudes gather together
and kingdoms come to worship the Lord.
*God is the Creator (25)
25 Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth
and made the heavens with your hands.
*God is eternal, and he is not subject to the vicissitudes of life (26-27).
26 They will perish, but you remain forever;
they will wear out like old clothing.
You will change them like a garment
and discard them.
27 But you are always the same;
you will live forever.

Praise God,
Joyce

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