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Wednesday, March 5 2014

Judges 13: Should Every Mother Be A Nazarite?

"Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death"

The Book of Judges is a history of Israel's repeated falls into idolatry and the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) then delivering His Wrath upon them by means of defeat and oppression from the neighboring nations. One of the militarily-strongest were the Philistines of Gaza (see also Gaza In History And Prophecy).

"13:1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years." (Judges 13:1 KJV)

When the time of wrath was accomplished, the LORD raised up Judges to lead the LORD's deliverance of Israel. The Judges that we've covered up to now were adults when they were called (e.g. see Judges 4: Deborah, Judges 6: Gideon Of Manasseh and Judges 10: Tola, Jair and Jephthah). Samson was unique; he was called from the moment of his conception. He was of the tribe of Dan, whose southern territory (see Dan's Galilee Panhandle) was adjacent to the Philistines of Gaza.


"13:2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. 13:3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. 13:4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: 13:5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines." (Judges 13:2-5 KJV)

Many people now recognize the importance of proper diet and abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy - as it happens, the very same conditions as for a Nazarite vow by a man or a woman ("Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD"; see the Fact Finder question below). In the case of Samson's mother, the situation was dual; in order for Samson to be a life-long Nazarite, right from conception, his mother was told: "Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death."

"13:6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: 13:7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

13:8 Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born." (Judges 13:6-8 KJV)

The appearance of "the angel of the LORD" was concluded with one of a number of recorded incidents in the Holy Bible that describe physical flying machines and "chariots of fire" (e.g. see The Dawn Of Flight and Elisha's Miracles; see also Locusts In History And Prophecy).

"13:9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. 13:10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.

13:11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman?

And he said, I am.

Ancient Flight 13:12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?

13:13 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. 13:14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.

13:15 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.

13:16 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.

13:17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?

13:18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret? 13:19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on. 13:20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground. 13:21 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD.

13:22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

13:23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these." (Judges 13:9-23 KJV)

So it was then that Samson was born by means of his "Nazarite" mother.

"13:24 And the woman bare 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 him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol." (Judges 13:24-25 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the origin of the Israelite Nazarite Vow ("Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD")?
See Numbers 6: The Nazarite Vow

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This Day In History, March 5

363: Roman Emperor Julian left Antioch with a force of 90,000 to attack the Persian Sassanid Empire.

1179: The Third Lateran Council opened under Alexander III. The 300 bishops enacted measures against the Waldenses and Albigensians. Lateran III also required that popes were to be elected by two-thirds vote from the assembled cardinals (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).

1279: Forces of the Livonian Order (a branch of the Germanic the Teutonic Order) were defeated by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the Battle of Aizkraukle (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

John Cabot 1496: King Henry VII of England issued letters patent to the Italian explorer Zuan Chabotto (known in English as John Cabot) and his sons, authorizing them to explore "unknown lands." They became the first to reach northeastern North America (Newfoundland) since the Vikings nearly five centuries before them. Despite the popular propaganda myth that Christopher Colombus "discovered America," all four of the voyages of Columbus were actually only to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see the map of the actual voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1616: Nicolaus Copernicus's book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (that correctly proposed that the Earth orbited the Sun) was banned by the Roman Catholic Church.

1778: Thomas Arne, English composer of Rule, Britannia, died.

1790: Flora Macdonald, Scottish Jacobite heroine, died. In 1746 she helped "Bonnie Prince Charlie," the Stuart claimant to the British throne, escape from the Hebridean island of Benbecula.

1824: The British, concerned of a Burmese invasion of Bengal, launched the First Anglo-Burmese War. It lasted nearly 2 years.

1912: Italian forces became the first to use airships for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.

1918: The Soviets moved the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.

1926: Clement Ader, French self-taught engineer, inventor, and pioneer of flight died at age 85. In 1890 he flew his steam-engine powered aircraft a distance of 160 feet; the Wright brothers did not fly their gasoline-engine powered aircraft at Kitty Hawk until 1903, 13 years later.

1933: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt ordered a 4 day "bank holiday" in order to stop large amounts of money from being withdrawn from the banks during a financial panic.

1933: Election returns in Germany gave the Nazis and their allies 52% of the seats in the Reichstag (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1936: The Spitfire fighter plane went on display for the first time in England.

1946: In a speech at Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill uttered his now-famous: "From Stettin in the Baltic, to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent."

1953: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin died.

1974: During the Yom Kippur War, Israeli forces withdrew from the west bank of the Suez Canal (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).

1979: Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Jupiter. Voyager 2 followed 4 months later.

1982: The Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus.

1999: Paul Okalik was elected the first Premier of Nunavut.

2013: President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela died of cancer at age 59.



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