Shof'tim (Judges) Chapter 13

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Mem – revelation; revealed or concealed.

Shof’tim 13:1 Now the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the L-RD, so that the L-RD gave them into the hands of the P’lishtim (Philistines) forty years.

Time and time again we see Israel turning away from G-d and each time G-d turns them over to their enemies for punishment.

Shof’tim 13:2-5 And there was a certain man of Tzor’ah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoach; and his wife was barren and had borne no children. Then the angel of the L-RD appeared to the woman, and said to her, "Look now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and give birth to a son. Now therefore, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing. For look, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a nazir (Nazirite) (to separate) to G-d from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the P’lishtim (Philistines)."

The angel of the L-rd again who is none other than Yeshua who will come from Nazareth. An ordinary angel would come to Miriam and declare she would have a son too. Of course Yeshua would drink from the fruit of the vine. This person will still be a type of Messiah.

Shof’tim 13:6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, "A man of G-d came to me and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of G-d, very awesome. And I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name.

Is it revealed to you what His name is now? Surely you know.

Shof’tim 13: 7-14 But he said to me, 'Look, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and now you shall not drink wine or strong drink nor eat any unclean thing, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to G-d from the womb to the day of his death.'" Then Manoach entreated the L-RD and said, "O L-rd, please let the man of G-d whom you have sent come to us again that he may teach us what to do for the boy who is to be born." And G-d listened to the voice of Manoach; and the angel of G-d came again to the woman as she was sitting in the field, but Manoach her husband was not with her. So the woman ran quickly and told her husband, "Look, the man who came the other day has appeared to me." Then Manoach arose and followed his wife, and when he came to the man he said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to the woman?" And he said, "I am." And Manoach said, "Now when your words come to pass, what shall be the boy's mode of life and his vocation?" So the angel of the L-RD said to Manoach, "Let the woman pay attention to all that I said. She should not eat anything that comes from the vine nor drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; let her observe all that I commanded."

Shof’tim 13:15-18 Then Manoach said to the angel of the L-RD, "Please let us detain you so that we may prepare a kid for you." And the angel of the L-RD said to Manoach, "Though you detain me, I will not eat your food, but if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the L-RD." For Manoach did not know that he was the angel of the L-RD. And Manoach said to the angel of the L-RD, "What is your name, so that when your words come to pass, we may honor you?" But the angel of the L-RD said to him, "Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?"

This is mysterious isn’t it? Manoach must realize His divinity. He is wonderful! He was prophesied in the same manner.

Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 9:6-7 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called WONDERFUL Counselor, Mighty G-d, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

It is a wonderful thing. It is even more wonderful that she was more than barren but a virgin. It is a wonderful thing.

Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 7:14-15 Therefore the L-rd himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.

O Son of G-d what a wonder you are. The Angel of the L-rd did not answer him. In the same way not He did not answer Yakkov.

Genesis 32:27-30 So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, " Yakkov." And he said, "Your name shall no longer be Yakkov, but Israel; for you have striven with G-d and with men and have prevailed." Then Yakkov asked him and said, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And he blessed him there. So Yakkov named the place Peniel, for he said, "I have seen G-d face to face, yet my life has been preserved."

Do you know his name yet? If you follow the Spirit it is revealed to you. There is no longer any need to wonder.

Shof’tim 13:19-22 So Manoach took the kid with the grain offering and offered it on the rock to the L-RD, and He performed wonders while Manoach and his wife looked on. For it came about when the flame went up from the altar toward heaven, that the angel of the L-RD ascended in the flame of the altar. When Manoach and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground. Now the angel of the L-RD appeared no more to Manoach or his wife. Then Manoach knew that he was the angel of the L-RD. So Manoach said to his wife, "We shall surely die, for we have seen G-d."

Can you hear that? Can you comprehend what is being said here? Can you take this in fully and understand completely the implication here? Who has ascended into heaven and descended? What is his Name? Or His son’s name?

Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!

Is the Son Divine? Manoach did. He thought he would die for no one is suppose to see the L-rd and live.

Shof’tim 13:23 But his wife said to him, "If the L-RD 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 let us hear things like this at this time."

What a wonderful revelation to read about at this time. Thank you L-rd for your wisdom and revelation concerning the angel of the L-rd and your son! Baruch Ha Ben and Baruch HaShem!

Shof’tim 13:24-25 Then the woman gave birth to a son and named him Shimshon (brilliant or sun); and the child grew up and the L-RD blessed him. And the Spirit of the L-RD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan (the camp of Dan), between Tzor’ah and Eshta’ol.