So the woman ran quickly and told her husband, "The man who came to me the other day has appeared to me." Manoah got up and followed his wife , and came to the man and said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to this woman?" And he said, "I am." Then Manoah said, "Now when your words come true, what is to e the boy's rule of life; what is he to do?" The angel of the Lord said to Manoah, "Let the woman give heed to all that I said to her. She may not eat of anything that comes form the vine. She is not to drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. She is to observe everything that I commanded her." Judges 13:10-14 NRSV
This devotional today was going to be about how God gives us things for us to do and we are always questioning God but never getting a straight answer, just more of the same instructions. However, what really strikes me is the fact that the woman is never given a name. She is identified as Manoah's wife. She has been visited by an angel. God has special instructions for he and will bless her. But we never have a name for her. In addition, Manoah and the angel speak of her in the third person even though she is standing right there!
I think if the Gospels had been written in the same style as the Old Testament, we would have learned about Joseph's fiance and the mother of John the Baptist - without any names. In fact, more often than not in the Old Testament, we know the names of the "bad" women more than the names of the good ones. This woman will only be known as the mother of Samson. But who doesn't know Delilah's name?
God, do you know my name?
Question of the day: What person in your life has remained nameless?
Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims