Tuesday, 17th January 2023
Rev Daniel Poon
Section One V1 In the Darkness
V1 ‘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.’ The Israelites had gone back to do their evil things. They were the chosen people, the ones being called, but they continued to walk in darkness and wicked ways. They knew they had to follow God, but they went back to do evil things in the eyes of God. He continues to lead us out of darkness and into the light, to get out of the lies of this world and into the truth. But again, and again we fall back, and we forgot about His teaching.
Furthermore, a lot of times, when we walk away from God, we still think we are walking in God’s Way. Our eyes are blind, and our lives are still in the darkness. Do not think that we are spiritual, but to see the problems in our lives. Are we carrying out the wicked ways of the world? Are we worshipping the idols of the world and make ourselves the king? When the Israelites went back to their evil ways, God put them in the hands of the Philistines for forty years.
Section Two V2-23 To Be Alert
V2 ‘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.’ Samson was born in the small tribe of Dan, from a family without children. But God used his life to talk to us today. God loves us even when we walk away from Him and stop listening to us, He still saves us even before we call out to Him. He is our loving Father, and He doesn’t give up on us.
V4 ‘Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean.’ Manoah was Samson’s father, and the name Manoah means ‘rest’. The name of Samson’s mother was not mentioned, but here it says that God told Samson’s mother to be alert and to look into her life. She was ashamed because she had no child, but God wanted to use her and wanted her life to be right before He gave her a son. The wine and unclean things represent the things of the world.
When we complain about God not giving us a marriage or giving us children, we must look into our lives first, are there things that are unclean? Are there things God wants to deal with in our lives? God told us to be alert, to see into our lives, so we can receive the blessings God wants to give to us.
V9 ‘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.’ God heard the prayer of Manoah, but when God came to him, he was not there. Are we where we should be? God wants to talk to us and give us answers to our prayers, but we are not there to receive the Word of God. God wants to give us rest, but not to take a rest from God!
V13-14 ‘So the Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful. 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.”’ From Manoah’s answer, it seems that he disrespected his wife. When we don’t have a connection with God, we look down on ourselves and others. Manoah did not hear the Word of God then he responded blindly, even though his name means ‘rest’, he lived in the blindness.
When the head of the house was not being alert, his wife and his son also went astray, and we come to know later that the life of Samson was full of trials, ups and downs. Do we know that we have sinned against God? Do we know that we are walking in the wicked ways in God’s eyes?
Section Three V24-25 God Blesses
V24 ‘So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.’ God blessed Samson when he grew up, he wanted to bless him in the tribe of Dan, the place God has chosen him. V25 ‘And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.’ God puts us in the Zion Bread of Life Church today, He wants to bless us here and let us shine for Him here. God’s Spirit began to move in Samson and made him uneasy, just like how God’s Spirit also made Pharoah felt uneasy during Moses’ time. God did not want Samson to live in the life of enjoyment, but to be the vessel of God.
God wants to stir us up, to fly high like an eagle for Him, He is making our spirit uneasy, so we will not stay in our comfort zone, but to be used by Him. Let us me alert and hear the Word of God for us today.
士师记 13 – 耶和华拯救
V25 耶和华是在“玛哈尼但”赐福给参孙，就是在神为参孙所拣选的支派中间，神的灵才感动他。感动的原文是“驱使”，我们被神“驱使”的时候，会感到“不安”（参：创世纪41:8讲到法老“不安”- 这个词与本节的“驱使”相同)。耶和华的灵驱使参孙，因为神不要参孙活在享乐里以致失去神的命定。神要我们生养众多，他给我们这些产业不是让我们享受在我们的情欲、舒适当中,而是搅动我们，让我们能如鹰展翅上腾。神要使用我们的教会，我们如何面对神的呼召？