Manoah’s Visit From The Angel Of The Lord

12th May

Then Manoah asked the angel of the Lord, “What is your name? For when all this comes true, we want to honour you?” “Why do you ask my name?” the angel of the Lord replied. “It is too wonderful for you to understand.”

Judges 13:17-18

It is very seldom that that the Bible makes it so clear about who the angel of the Lord is. Although we cannot read into the text what is not there, is seems very clear that this was no ordinary angel. Why?

First of all, not only does the angel of the Lord accept a burnt sacrifice but actually suggests that Manoah can prepare one. Sacrifice’s where only presented to God and many times angels have refused to be worshiped or have sacrifices offered to them. Secondly, the angel would not reveal his name to Manoah and his wife, for fear it was too wonderful to say or understand. Although we cannot speculate what that name was, it was clear that it really was to wonderful to utter. Finally, the ascension of this angel back to heaven through the flames of the burning sacrifice, indicates that this was no normal angel. In fact it was such a holy moment, both Manoah and His wife fell to their faces in worship.

Manoah and his wife clearly had their priorities right. They knew how to host and honour a heavenly being. They may not have known at the time that it probably was God, however their humility, faith and thankfulness before the angel of the Lord and their sacrifice to him, indicated their understanding of presence of God.

How do we understand God’s presence in our lives? Do we even recognise when God talks to us, do we understand His voice? Are our reactions in humble adoration to a Holy and Awesome God? When God speaks to us, we must also recognise His voice and have the same adoration and humility to obey and follow His instructions. The great thing is that God always speaks to us in love and His words are always a comfort to our hearts and souls… (even if they are disciplining words).

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