Bible In One Year-Day 100 (Thursday, April 10, 2014)

Commentary: Judges13-15. So far we could see that the life the Israelites lived was in absolute contrast to the life they lived in the book of Joshua. In Judges, they were so disobedient and idolatrous unlike in the time of Joshua at which they were obedient to God and His prophets. They fell into sin again and rebelled against God in chapter13 which led them into bondage for 40yrs. God’s raising up of Judges was an expression of His mercy and loving-kindness. He couldn’t leave them in horrible situations. They were in this bondage when God visited Manoah’s wife to tell her of the child that was to come out of her barren womb. The woman was, however, cautioned on what should enter her mouth just for the sake of the child to be born, a Nazirite, i.e. one separated unto God. What a lesson to learn from; the things done in pregnancy could be a defiling factor on the unborn child; places we go, things we watch, parents in argument or fighting, words we speak or hear etc. Parents should do more of praying and meditation. They could ask God for the child’s name or destiny just as Manoah asked the Angel;

Judges 13:12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. What will be the boy’s rule of life and his work?” (NKJV).

This will help a great deal in bringing up the child. Samson was born in this wise to deliver the Israelites from the hand of the Philistines and God rested the Spirit for the assignment on him. If God chooses you for a particular work, He gives you the Spirit for that work to make it easier for you. No one can do God’s work without His Spirit. It wouldn’t have been possible to tear the lion apart without the Spirit that came upon Samson, to break a well secured rope or kill a 1000 people with ease. The point of the first victory of Samson became the point of first violation of God’s rule. As a Nazirite there should be no alcohol, eating or touching unclean thing, including dead things. Samson did not only touch a dead thing but ate from it. Satan set him up with satanic bees. This is a lesson for us to know that the point of victory can be the point of defeat without the Holy Spirit. What makes the difference between Adam who ate the apple given to him by Eve and Samson who fell for the influence of his wife? The wife of Samson was God’s arrangement, Judges14:4, just as Eve was created for Adam. Here we see power/strength and influence at battle. Man signifies strength while a woman signifies influence. Before you go into marriage, discover your destiny first you to know the spouse that will influence your destiny positively. This applies to both genders. Sarah influenced Abraham to sleep with Hagar, Rebecca influenced Jacob against Esau and the two wives of Jacob influenced him to sleep with their maids. We are not talking against women in this wise, but for us to know that no matter how powerful or anointed one is, be careful of the type of influence you go into marriage or agreement with. There is no how one could make it without influence, you need it but let it be the one that will push you positively. Influence could come from friends, family, associates or peers. Moses’ success lies in the fact that he sought for God’s mind on every matter or suggestion. We need to be careful of negative influence. May the Lord give us the grace to overcome negative influences in the name of Jesus. Our reading for today is Judges 16-18. Keep the fire burning and alive. 1 Corinthians 12:7 “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”

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