Anglican Daily Fountain 19 April 2023 (Wednesday Devotional)

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Anglican Daily Fountain 19 April 2023 (Wednesday Devotional)

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TEXT: Judges 13: 1-25(NKJV)
13:1. Again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.
13:2. Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name [was] Manoah; and his wife [was] barren and had no children.

13:3. And the Angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.
13:4. “Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or [similar] drink, and not to eat anything unclean.
13:5. “For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”

13:6. So the woman came and told her husband, saying, “A Man of God came to me, and His countenance [was] like the countenance of the Angel of God, very awesome; but I did not ask Him where He [was] from, and He did not tell me His name.
13:7. “And He said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or [similar] drink, nor eat anything unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’ ”

13:8. Then Manoah prayed to the LORD, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.”
13:9. And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came to the woman again as she was sitting in the field; but Manoah her husband [was] not with her.
13:10. Then the woman ran in haste and told her husband, and said to him, “Look, the Man who came to me the [other] day has just now appeared to me!”

13:11. So Manoah arose and followed his wife. When he came to the Man, he said to Him, “Are You the Man who spoke to this woman?” And He said, “I [am.”]
13:12. Manoah said, “Now let Your words come [to pass!] What will be the boy’s rule of life, and his work?”
13:13. So the Angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful.

13:14. “She may not eat anything that comes from the vine, nor may she drink wine or [similar] drink, nor eat anything unclean. All that I commanded her let her observe.”
13:15. Then Manoah said to the Angel of the LORD, “Please let us detain You, and we will prepare a young goat for You.”

13:16. And the Angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “Though you detain Me, I will not eat your food. But if you offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to the LORD.” (For Manoah did not know He [was] the Angel of the LORD.)
13:17. Then Manoah said to the Angel of the LORD, “What [is] Your name, that when Your words come [to pass] we may honor You?”

13:18. And the Angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask My name, seeing it [is] wonderful?”
13:19. So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it upon the rock to the LORD. And He did a wondrous thing while Manoah and his wife looked on —
13:20. it happened as the flame went up toward heaven from the altar — the Angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar! When Manoah and his wife saw [this,] they fell on their faces to the ground.

13:21. When the Angel of the LORD appeared no more to Manoah and his wife, then Manoah knew that He [was] the Angel of the LORD.
13:22. And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, because we have seen God!”

13:23. But his wife said to him, “If the LORD had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have shown us all these [things,] nor would He have told us [such things] as these at this time.”
13:24. So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
13:25. And the Spirit of the LORD began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Anglican Daily Fountain 19th April 2023 STUDY:

Israelites sinned and God allowed them to be under Philistine captivity for forty years. God chose the family of Manoah from Dan whose wife was barren to raise a deliverer. An angel told Manoah’s wife that she would bear a son who would deliver Israel. She was warned not to drink alcoholic drinks or eat unclean food.

No razor was to touch the hair of the child who would be a Nazirite (separated unto God).. Manoah prayed for a second angelic visitation, which God granted. In due season, Samson was born and the Spirit of God was with him. Our God is still in the business of terminating barrenness in every area if we remain faithful. .

Note that sin leads to captivity. God allowed the Philistines to enslave His people Israel when they sinned for He is no respecter of persons. Samson as a Nazirite must have no defilement of any kind. Alcoholic drinks, was unacceptable for him or his mother. Any instrument for God needs high levels of separation and sacrificial commitment.

Are you bound by a sinful behaviour such as sexual immorality, drinking alcoholic drinks like palm wine, beer, gin or Schnapps? Do you smoke cigarettes or use hard drugs? As God’s temple, He calls you today to repent and stop defiling your body (1 Cor.6: 18-19) so that you can be a deliverer in your generation.

PRAYER: Deliver me O Lord from sinful behaviours in Jesus name. Amen.


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