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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,

Yes Ramona, I think we have a little of Samson in all of us.

Judges 13 - 14

In the Samson story my NIV commentary asks the reflective question about what might people say of me, “Oh, what I might have been!” Or “I made the best of my abilities?” I have to look to God in those times and realize that He has used my life for good. Great lesson and I can thankfully and continually appreciate the relationship I have with God.

John 1: 39
Time for a Retreat.

“…So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him.” I just love this verse. Here Jesus gives us an invitation to spend the day with him. Sometimes I need to satisfy that curiosity myself. I can ask where do I fit Jesus into my life, where will I find him, do I honesty belong? Hopefully that will generate the same response we see in the disciples. Enthusiasm, energy, passion, ideas, motivation and hope in telling others.

Psalm 102: 18

“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.”
The Psalm gets personal here. It gives me the reassurance that God was thinking about me when He gave us these wonderful words. I can use them in my life as I join in the Epic journey and praise Him.

Mike I've been with you since you started this wonderful ministry. I'll continue to stay with you as you continue. Your daily blog is a blessing and I learn so much from it. Thank youy.

I agree with Patsy, I have been with you since just about the very beginning. I adore this ministry and love the blog and added commentary about the story. It helps with comprehension and allows u to chew on it a little bit. Love it

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