Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Sanctification of the ChurchJudges 13: 1-14
The Book of Judges describes Israel's history from the death of Joshua to shortly before Israel's first king, Saul. Israel failed to complete God's command to purge the wicked Canaanites from the land. This results in a centuries-long cycle where Israel falls into sin and is oppressed by local enemies. After each oppression, God sends a civil-military leader, using a Hebrew word loosely translated into English as "judge." These specifically appointed rescuers freed Israel from enemy control for a certain time. After each judge's death, the cycle of sin and oppression begins again. This continues until the people of Israel choose a king, during the ministry of the prophet-and-judge Samuel
This chapter relates to the birth of Samson, another of the judges of Israel, which an angel foretold to his mother, who told her husband of it, upon whose entreaty the angel appeared again, and related the same to them both, and who was very, respectfully treated by the man, and by the wonderful things he did was known by him to be an angel of the Lord, which greatly surprised him. The chapter is closed with an account of the birth of Samson, and of his being early endowed with the Spirit of God.
From this, we can see God does not wait, this time, for His people to cry out for help in their suffering. Instead, the Lord appoints a deliverer before the man is even born.
Father God, enable us to receive Thy grace upon us. In Christ's Name, Amen.
Thought of the Day
When you put God first, you will never be last.
Epiphany Mar Thoma Church