Judges 13:16 Details, Details

Judges 13:16 (KJV)
And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.

Adam Clarke says that this angel is “generally regarded to be the second Person of the Trinity.” Gill agrees. So do I. Manoah, however, does not appear to have known that and the angel of the Lord seems quite concerned by that. 

Manoah was hasty in his desire to worship this angel. He did not seem to care if the angel was a created being or not. He seems only to care that he is heavenly and that he has promised he and his wife a miracle. 

It was God who spoke with them. By the end of the encounter, he knew it. But he would worship him whether he was or was not. Details didn’t matter. 

There is a great deal of Christianity that is “manoahan” in nature. So long as a thing appears to be from God and gives good things that look like they come from God, the details are of little concern. 

The product of this sort of spiritual relationship, for Manoah, was a son who was powerful, but not godly. He accomplished a mighty thing, but it cost his life. We have no record of any lasting fruit from Samson. I am concerned the same will become of much of Christianity today. Anxious to have immediate power and success, we fail to be diligent in the details. This will lead to little and likely no fruit in the near future. 

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Judges 13:16 Details, Details

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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