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Orphan PDF Orphan
abandoned, alone, bereave, cast-off, castaway, castoff, derelict,
discard, disregarded, dogie, flotsam,and jetsam, forsaken,
foundling, heir, ignored, jetsam, junk, lagan, leave, leave behind,
lost, neglected, orphaned, parentless, refuse, reject, relict,
rubbish, slighted, solitary, successor, survivor, trash, waif,
waifs and strays, widow, widower
Simply stated, the orphan heart is a learned behavior that becomes entrenched in the internal paradigm or mind-set. The source of this is deep wounding that most commonly occurs from the father(Can also come from a mother or abuse). These deep wounds release a host of emotions in the soul that ultimately separates the child from the identity, security, sense of destiny, and purpose that, by design, are to be instilled by the father.
One definition of an orphan is, one who has been deprived of a parent or parents by either death or desertion. In the Greek, the term is orphanos and is translated parentless, fatherless, and comfortless. It figuratively speaks of one who is bereft of a teacher, guide, or guardian.
In Jesus’ day, it was customary for Hebrew children to have an assigned rabbi who was responsible for their training. If that rabbi were to die during the training of the child, the child was considered orphaned since no other rabbi would take the child to complete the training.
This is why Jesus told His disciples prior to His departure that “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18). He wanted them to know that He was not leaving them orphaned!
Believers who are plagued by The Orphan Heart are those whose hearts are separated from acceptance, love, and security even in the presence of a church family who extends love and belonging.
Their hearts are longing to belong but have the inability to do so. They have a disconnect in their souls that prevents them from engaging and trusting others.
Even as followers of Christ, they are unable to acknowledge or submit to authority, instruction, or direction from the fathers and mothers of the faith who love them. Their hearts are deeply damaged by abandonment, rejection, and/or abuse from those who were supposed to love, nurture, and bless them, yet failed to do so.
What the Orphan-Hearted Look Like
Observation of orphan-hearted individuals reveals several common characteristics.
First, they are ones in great pain of soul hallmarked by loss of belonging
Because the orphan-hearted feel lost in life, they experience isolation, loneliness, and lack of identity. There is a continual search for the answer to the basic question, “Who am I?”
Without a father to establish true identity and purpose, they wander throughout life in search of true identity. They look for someone who has their perceived qualities of a father or mother and then try to emulate them. They often exhibit mannerisms, dress, and even personality traits in an effort to connect their lonely hearts to a parent figure they wish to be like.
Second, there is a loss of value
The orphan soul is filled with feelings of worthlessness, rejection, and sadness. This is especially true of those who have been abused or abandoned by a parent.
The orphan-hearted receive the message that their lives are unimportant and their contribution to the family is neither wanted nor needed. In short, they view themselves as undesirable of those who are supposed to love them, thus producing profound sadness and a sense of insignificance.
Third, there is a loss of security
Rejection, abuse, and the loss of worth create intense insecurities that strike fear into the core of the orphans’ souls. Peace is unseated by torment, and hopelessness takes charge of the mind-set.
Orphans will always see the glass half empty and have great difficulty surrendering their souls to the Father, even when taught that He is loving, caring, and nurturing to all believers.
Fourth, there is the loss of trust
Orphans have been deserted by those who were supposed to love and care for them. Therefore, they purpose to never allow themselves to be hurt again by those who call themselves fathers and mothers.
There is a deficit in the trust level of those in authority because of the deep wounding. Because of this, orphans will reject order, especially God-appointed order, since ultimately they see God as a tyrant taskmaster rather than a loving, caring Father.
Fifth, there is the loss of relational capacity
The orphan-hearted establish walls to protect themselves from further hurts and wounds. Some have an excellent ability to develop business relationships and yet short-circuit when it comes to intimacy.
There is great difficulty getting close to people. They tend to keep others at arm’s length and find it challenging to maintain long-term relationships. They become anxious when getting too close to people and will even sabotage their relationships in an attempt to protect from personal harm.
Orphans are very self-reliant since they are the only ones in life they deem to be trustworthy. There is little understanding to the notion that God is a provider and a shelter for their lives. Because of this, there is oftentimes an obsession with self-help.
The orphan-hearted embrace self-improvement formulas in an attempt to become better, healthier people, yet rarely experience lasting change since the root issues of the damage to their souls is seldom addressed.
Authority is a four-letter word to the orphan-hearted even though deep inside there is the desire to be free of torments. They often seek affirmation and encouragement from church leaders to feel secure. However, order often equates to control. Therefore, stepping into a setting or system of order, stability, and proper alignment disquiets their souls.
When love is applied to facilitate change and maturation, orphans become uncomfortable. They will often look for the flaw in leadership or church members and use it as an excuse to exit.
Orphans are commonly the church hoppers that despise submission and flaunt lawless behavior within the body of Christ. They commonly claim, “I don’t need you; I only need God.” They remain fiercely independent and critical of any system that operates within an orderly structure.”
“When orphans reach out to help others, they are generally seeking attention to feel good about themselves.”
Sixth, there is loss of love and acceptance
The need for love and acceptance within the orphan-hearted is so great that they are easy prey for ungodly soul ties. Orphans will tend to become perfectionists in order to prove their worth and so will work hard if there is a reward of recognition and affirmation. Without this, there is little motivation to serve at all.
When orphans reach out to help others, they are generally seeking attention to feel good about themselves. These individuals are the ones in the church who work themselves to the bone because their work becomes their identity and gives them their sense of worth. Take them out of their job and you strip them of their identity and value.”
Finally, there is the loss of wise judgment
Statistics reveal that 90 percent of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes [US DHHS, Bureau of the Census]. Many become easy prey for gangs and human trafficking. Seeking a secure environment of love and belonging, they often migrate to gangs or sex traffickers who become a surrogate family.
Orphan-hearted persons will readily pick up the offenses of others. They are very sensitive to perceived injustices and are quick to pick up on grievances against the status quo or established authority, especially God-appointed authority.
In the church, they are those who often undermine or refuse to acknowledge the authority of God-appointed leadership. Their attempt to save those within the body, whom they perceive as blinded or held captive by the control of leadership, is oftentimes the circumstance that exposes their wounded heart.
Wounded heart can be triggered by old embedded vows/events.
An inner vow is a determination set by the mind and heart into all the being in early life.
Vows we make currently also affect us, but an inner vow is one set into us as children and usually forgotten.
Our inner being persistently retains such programming no matter what changes of mind and heart may later pertain. The distinctive mark of an inner vow is that it resists the normal maturation process. Inner vows resist change. We do not grow out of them.
An inner vow does not have to be a judgment. It doesn’t have to be a sin, but it is as if you are telling yourself the way things are going to be: “I will never do that again”, I will never be like my mother”, “I will never allow that in my house.”etc.” We are telling our inner being, we are telling ourselves how reality is going to be and that is not God’s will for us.
The inner vows that are made in childhood and that we have forgotten seem to be even more powerful than the ones we’ve made as adults – even to the point where they can affect growth and development.
Words have more than psychological power; they have spiritual power too. When we made those vows, our enemy, the devil, worked hard to make those negative words come true.
Inner vows may not become manifest immediately in behavior.
They may rest totally forgotten and dormant, until triggered by the right person or situation.
Having forgotten them, we are unaware that they exist or that they could have any effect on us or our relationships.
They are often difficult to identify and take on a life of their own within us that causes us to deal with reality in a particular way.
A person cannot uproot or change an inner vow unaided. Such vows require authority.
Only one who knows his authority in Christ can break a vow and reset the inner being to another way of acting.
All three go together – the person has the heart of stone; they have made that fortress that they are sitting behind. They have made their bitter root judgments. Then on top of judging there is an inner vow, “I will never. . . “
Some inner vows seem to be good things. If daddy was an alcoholic and we say, “I don’t ever want to be like daddy,” that sounds like a good thing, because we are going to be moral, and we are going to be correct.
But it is a fleshly righteousness. We are not relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us. It is like we have decided in our mind and in our will that we will not be an alcoholic. But it coerces us to a righteousness that may not be real or genuine. It may lead us to the other extreme where our emotions are bottled up and our actions are not moving out of genuine love.
Some inner vows have effects on our bodies. A young wife could not conceive and the doctors could find no reason for the couple’s infertility.
It was discovered that she was the oldest of nine children. Every time her mother got pregnant the mother became very ill and the responsibility for taking care of the children fell on the oldest. Feelings of imposition increased and anger began to build in the girl.
Ultimately she cried out that she would never be like her mother and act like that. Her inner being easily interpreted such vows as orders never to allow pregnancy.
Her healing came through forgiving her mother and breaking the inner vow broke the hold on her body by proclaiming for her to receive and nurture life. Then she was able to conceive naturally.
Other inner vows that allow us to harbor childhood resentments can give us full or partial hearts of stone and close us off to intimacy with others and with Christ.
This type is harder to break because there are more structures (learned ways of acting ) that need to be broken down.
Merely realizing and breaking the inner vow will not by itself set one free because many other character structures remain after the original inner vow is broken.
An example would be a certain husband cannot share and be close to his wife – so he remains distant and the marriage is cold and meaningless.
His mother was controlling and critical whenever the boy shared his feelings with his mother. So he learned to hide his feelings from his mother. He soon learned that the less he shared the better off he was.
Whatever his mother knew may be hauled up for criticism or scolding – even weeks, months or years down the road. Though all this is normal, sometimes the situation is so tense or the reaction so vehement, the child forms a most obstinate inner vow: “Never share what you really feel with a woman. It is not safe.” So begins the buildup of character structure.
The first step for such a person is recognition of the inner vow. Then they must come to an understanding and hatred of the inner vow because of the blocking it causes in our character.
Such hatred is not automatic and should not be taken for granted no matter what the supplicant says.
Fruits, not words reveal truth. Prayer should be immediate, for the parental dishonoring to be forgiven, for the vows to be broken, and the new life of freedom to emerge, but it may take awhile for proper hatred of the old nature and consequent death of self to arrive.
Inner vows of this type have built huge surrounding complexes in the character structure, and all are still seeking to fulfill that original purpose, to hide the person from hurt. (This can cause intimacy fractures with God the Father, others, and ourselves.)
There may be, for example, a heart of stone, or unconscious, evasive and defensive habitual flight mechanisms, automatically triggered angers, many bitter root expectancies, key words, phrases or actions that stimulate automatic reactions, deep anxieties and fears, incapability to trust, etc.
If there was quarelling by the parents the enemy could use this later in life when the child marries. There can be a feeling of helplessness or lack of control in a triggered conflict, where the Orphan heart or spirit will project the buried hurts in childhood into the current disagreement with a spouse/friend/co-worker/Church person
Releasing Inner Vows
|A prayer to Forgive…
Lord, I don’t know how to make forgiveness happen.
I can’t cleanse my heart or change my feelings
I don’t know how to trust, and I’m afraid to hold my heart open.
But today I’m making a choice to forgive.
I know I’ll have to choose again and again
until You make forgiveness real and complete in me. Please God, give me the
willingness and strength to persevere in choosing until forgiveness is
accomplished in me by Your power.
I choose to forgive my father for………
I choose to forgive my mother for……..I ask forgiveness for any time I dishonored my parents or an authority figure
Forgive in me all my sinful responses
Father, I let go of all resentments and bitternesses stored in my heart. Wash me
clean. Forgive me for all condemning judgments I have made. Give me a new
and right spirit within me that will enable me to hate sin but look with Your
compassion and love upon the sinner.
Heal the wounded heart of the child within me.
Pour Your love in.
Bless those who wounded me.
Forgive me, Lord, for projecting my childish pictures in relation to parents onto
You, and onto others, especially those I love.
Bring those pictures to death.
Bring my childish ways and expectations to death.
Let Your light shine into all the hidden places of my heart.
Enlighten the eyes of my heart, Lord, to see You and love You
as You really are, please show me how to have more intimacy with you and others
and to walk in Your way. Right now I choose to repent and renounce in myself and in my generations any participation
With any orphan spirits/any unnamed spirits in operation/all underlings,overlings and gatekeepers
I command you all to leave me now by the Blood of Jesus and in Jesus’s mighty name.
Father God would you please heal my heart/I receive your love right now please baptize me with your love/Holy Spirit would you cleanse me and refill me and tell me your truth.
Gleaned from several websites and books. Basil Frasure/John Sanford/Identyfying the Orphan Spirit Leif Hetland you tube/Jack frost
Chapter 13 JUDGES Matthew Henry Commentary
At this chapter begins the story of Samson, the last of the judges of Israel whose story is recorded in this book, and next before Eli. The passages related concerning him are, from first to last, very surprising and uncommon. The figure he makes in this history is really great, and yet vastly different from that of his predecessors. We never find him at the head either of a court or of an army, never upon the throne of judgment nor in the field of battle, yet, in his own proper person, a great patriot of his country, and a terrible scourge and check to its enemies and oppressors; he was an eminent believer (Heb. 11:32 ) and a glorious type of him who with his own arm wrought salvation.
The history of the rest of the judges commences from their advancement to that station, but Samson’s begins with his birth, nay, with his conception, no less than an angel from heaven ushers him into the world, as a pattern of what should be afterwards done to John Baptist and to Christ.
This is related in this chapter. I. The occasion of raising up this deliverer was the oppression of Israel by the Philistines (v. 1). II. His birth is foretold by an angel to his mother (v. 2-5). III. She relates the prediction to his father (v. 6, v. 7). IV. They both together have it again from the angel (v. 8-14), whom they treat with respect (v. 15-18), and who, to their great amazement, discovers his dignity at parting (v. 19-23). V. Samson is born (v. 24, v. 25).
Verses 1-7 The first verse gives us a short account, such as we have too often met with already, of the great distress that Israel was in, which gave occasion for the raising up of a deliverer.
They did evil, as they had done, in the sight of the Lord, and then God delivered them, as he had done, into the hands of their enemies.
If there had been no sin, there would have needed no Saviour; but sin was suffered to abound, that grace might much more abound. The enemies God now sold them to were the Philistines, their next neighbours, that lay among them, the first and chief of the nations which were devoted to destruction, but which God left to prove themch. 3:1, ch. 3:3 ), the five lords of the Philistines, an inconsiderable people in comparison with Israel (they had but five cities of any note), and yet, when God made use of them as the staff in his hand, they were very oppressive and vexatious. And this trouble lasted longer than any yet: it continued forty years, though probably not always alike violent. When Israel was in this distress Samson was born; and here we have his birth foretold by an angel. Observe,I. His extraction. He was of the tribe of Dan, v. 2.
Dan signifies a judge or judgment, Gen. 30:6 . And probably it was with an eye to Samson that dying Jacob foretold, Dan shall judge his people,that is, “he shall produce a judge for his people, though one of the sons of the handmaids, as one, as well as any one, of the tribes of Israel,’’ Gen. 49:16 .
The lot of the tribe of Dan lay next to the country of the Philistines, and therefore one of that tribe was most fit to be made a bridle upon them. His parents had been long childless. Many eminent persons were born of mothers that had been kept a great while in the want of the blessing of children, as Isaac, Joseph, Samuel, and John Baptist, that the mercy might be the more acceptable when it did come. Sing, O barren! thou that didst not bear, Isa. 54:1 . Note, Mercies long waited for often prove signal mercies, and it is made to appear that they were worth waiting for, and by them others may be encouraged to continue their hope in God’s mercy.
II. The glad tidings brought to his mother, that she should have a son.
The messenger was an angel of the Lord (v. 3), yet appearing as a man, with the aspect and garb of a prophet, or man of God. And this angel (as the learned bishop Patrick supposes, on v. 18) was the Lord himself, that is, the Word of the Lord, who v. 18, awas to be the Messiah, for his name is called Wonderful,nd Jehovah, v. 19.
The great Redeemer did in a particular manner concern himself about this typical redeemer. It was not so much for the sake of Manoah and his wife, obscure Danites, that this extraordinary message was sent, but for Israel’s sake, whose deliverer he was to be, and not only so (his services to Israel not seeming to answer to the grandeur of his entry) but for the Messiah’s sake, whose type he was to be, and whose birth must be foretold by an angel, as his was.
The angel, in the message he delivers, 1. Takes notice of her affliction: Behold now, thou art barren and bearest not. Hence she might gather he was a prophet, that though a stranger to her, and one she had never seen before, yet he knew this to be her grievance. He tells her of it, not to upbraid her with it, but because perhaps at this time she was actually thinking of this affliction and bemoaning herself as one written childless.
God often sends in comfort to his people very seasonably, when they feel most from their troubles. “Now thou art barren, but thou shalt not be always so,’’ as she feared, “nor long so.’’ 2. He assures her that she should conceive and bear a son (v. 3) and repeats the assurance, v. 5. To show the power of a divine word, the strongest man that ever was was a child of promise, as Isaac, born by force and virtue of a promise, and faith in that promise, Heb. 11:11 ; Gal. 4:23 . Many a woman, after having been long barren, has borne a son by providence, but Samson was by promise, because a figure of the promised seed, so long expected by the faith of the Old-Testament saints, 3. He appoints that the child should be a Nazarite from his birth, and therefore that the mother should be subject to the law of the Nazarites (though not under the vow of a Nazarite) and should drink no wine or strong drink so long as this child was to have its nourishment from her, either in the womb or at the breast, v. 4,v. 5. Observe, This deliverer of Israel must be in the strictest manner devoted to God and an example of holiness. It is spoken of as a kindness to the people that God raised up of their young men for Nazarites, Amos. 2:11 . Other judges had corrected their apostasies from God, but Samson must appear as one, more than any of them, consecrated to God; and, notwithstanding what we read of his faults, we have reason to think that being a Nazarite of God’s making he did, in the course of his conversation, exemplify, not only the ceremony, but the substance of that separation to the Lord in which the Nazariteship did consist, Num. 6:2 . Those that would save others must by singular piety distinguish themselves. Samuel, who carried on Israel’s deliverance from the Philistines, was a Nazarite by his mother’s vow (1 Sa. 1:11 ), as Samson by the divine appointment. The mother of this deliverer must therefore deny herself, and not eat any unclean thing; what was lawful at another time was now to be forborne.
As the promise tried her faith, so this precept tried her obedience; for God requires both from those on whom he will bestow his favours. Women with child ought conscientiously to avoid whatever they have reason to think will be any way prejudicial to the health or good constitution of the fruit of their body. And perhaps Samson’s mother was to refrain from wine and strong drink, not only because he was designed for a Nazarite, but because he was designed for a man of great strength, which his mother’s temperance would contribute to. 4, . He foretels the service which this child should do to his country: He shall begin to deliver Israel.Note, It is very desirable that our children may be not only devoted entirely to God themselves, but instrumental for the good of others, and the service of their generation—not recluses, candles under a bushel, but on a candlestick. Observe, He shall begin to deliver Israel. This intimated that the oppression of the Philistines should last long, for Israel’s deliverance from it should not so much as begin, not one step be taken towards it, till this child, who was now unborn, should have grown up to a capacity of beginning it. And yet he must not complete the deliverance: he shall only begin to deliver Israel, which intimates that the trouble should still be prolonged.
God chooses to carry on his work gradually and by several hands. One lays the foundation of a good work, another builds, and perhaps a third brings forth the top stone.
Now herein Samson was a type of Christ, (1.) As a Nazarite to God, a Nazarite from the womb. For, though our Lord Jesus was not a Nazarite himself, yet he was typified by the Nazarites, as being perfectly pure from all sin, not so much as conceived in it, and entirely devoted to his Father’s honour.
Of the Jewish church, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, because to them pertained the promise of him, Rom. 9:4, Rom. 9:5 . By virtue of that promise,. he long lay as it were in the womb of that church, which for many ages was pregnant of him, and therefore, like Samson’s mother, during that pregnancy was made a holy nation and a peculiar people, and strictly forbidden to touch any unclean thing for his sake, who in the fulness of time was to come from them.
(2.) As a deliverer of Israel; for he is Jesus a Saviour, who saves his people from their sins. But with this difference: Samson did only begin to deliver Israel (David was afterwards raised up to complete the destruction of the Philistines), but our Lord Jesus is both Samson and David too, both the author and finisher of our faith. III. The report which Manoah’s wife, in a transport of joy, brings in all haste to her husband, of this surprising message v. 6, v. 7.
The glad tidings were brought her when she was alone, perhaps religiously employed in meditation or prayer; but she could not, she would not, conceal them from her husband, but gives him an account, 1. Of the messenger. It was a man of God, v. 6. His countenance she could describe; it was very awful: he had such a majesty in his looks, such a sparkling eye, such a shining face, so powerfully commanding reverence and respect, that according to the idea she had of an angel he had the very countenance of one.
But his name she can give no account of, nor to what tribe or city of Israel he belonged, for he did not think fit to tell her, and, for her part, the very sight of him struck such an awe upon her that she durst not ask him. She was abundantly satisfied that he was a servant of God; his person and message she thought carried their own evidence along with them, and she enquired no further.
Of the message. She gives him a particular account both of the promise and of the precept (v. 7), that he also might believe the promise and might on all occasions be a monitor to her to observe the precept. Thus should yoke-fellows communicate to each other their experiences of communion with God, and their improvements in acquaintance with him, that they may be helpful to each other in the way that is called holy.
Verses 8-14 We have here an account of a second visit which the angel of God made to Manoah and his wife.I. Manoah earnestly prayed for it, v. 8. He was not incredulous of the story his wife told him; he knew she was a virtuous woman, and therefore the heart of her husband did safely trust in her; he knew she would not go about to impose upon him, much less was he, as Josephus unworthily represents him, jealous of his wife’s conversation with this stranger; but, 1. He takes it for granted that this child of promise shall in due time be given them, and speaks without hesitation of the child that shall be born. There was not found so great faith, no, not in Zechariah, a priest, then in waiting at the altar of the Lord, and to whom the angel himself appeared, as was in this honest Danite.
Things hidden from the wise and prudent, who value themselves upon the niceness of their enquiries, are often revealed unto babes, who know how to prize God’s gifts and to take God’s word. Blessed are those that have not seen and yet, as Manoah here, have believed.
2. All his care is what they should do to the child that should be born. Note, Good men are more solicitous and desirous to know the duty that is to be done by them than to know the events that shall occur concerning them; for duty is ours, events are God’s.
Solomon enquires concerning the good men should do, not the good they should have,Eccl. 2:3 . He therefore prays to God to send the same blessed messenger again, to give them further instructions concerning the management of this Nazarite, fearing lest his wife’s joy for the promise might have made her forget some part of the precept, in which he was desirous to be fully informed, and lie under no mistake: “Lord, let the man of God come again unto us, for we desire to be better acquainted with him.’’
Note, Those that have heard from heaven cannot but wish to hear more thence, again and again to meet with the man of God. Observe, He does not go or send his servants abroad, to find out this man of God, but seeks him upon his knees, prays to God to send him, and, thus seeking, finds him.
II. God graciously granted it: God hearkened to the voice of Manoah, v. 9.
1. The angel appears the second time also to the wife, when she is sitting alone, probably tending the flocks, or otherwise well employed in the field where she has retired.
Solitude is often a good opportunity of communion with God; good people have thought themselves never less alone than when alone, if God be with them.
2. She goes in all haste to call her husband, doubtless humbly beseeching the stay of this blessed messenger till she should return and her husband with her, v. 10, v. 11. She did not desire him to go with her to her husband, but would fetch her husband to him.
Those that would meet with God must attend where he is pleased to manifest himself. “Oh,’’ says she, overjoyed, “my dear love, thy prayers are answered—yonder is the man of God, come to make us another visit—he that came the other day,’’ or, as some read it, this day, for other is not in the original, and it is probable enough that both these visits were on the same day, and at the same place, and that the second time she sat expecting him. The man of God is very willing she should call her husband, Jn. 4:16 .
Those that have an acquaintance with the things of God themselves should invite others to the same acquaintance, Jn. 1:45, Jn. 1:46 . Manoah is not disgusted that the angel did not this second time appear to him, but very willingly goes after his wife to the man of God. To atone (as it were) for the first fatal miscarriage, when Eve earnestly pressed Adam to that which was evil, and he too easily yielded to her, let yoke-fellows excite one another to love and good works; and, if the wife will lead, let not the husband think it any disparagement to him to follow her in that which is virtuous and praiseworthy.
3. Manoah having come to the angel, and being satisfied by him that he was the same that had appeared to his wife, does, with all humility,
. “Be it according to thy word.Lord, I lay hold on what thou hast said, and depend upon it; let it come to pass.’’
(2.) Beg that the prescriptions given might be repeated: How shall we order the child? The directions were given to his wife, but he looks upon himself as concerned to assist her in the careful management of this promised seed, according to order; for the utmost care of both the parents, and their constant joint endeavour, are little enough to be engaged for the good ordering of children that are devoted to God and to be brought up for him.
Let not one devolve it on the other, but both do their best. Observe from Manoah’s enquiry, [1.] In general, that, when God is pleased to bestow any mercy upon us, our great care must be how to use it well, and as we ought, because it is then only a mercy indeed when it is rightly managed.
God has given us bodies, souls, estates; how shall we order them, that we may answer the intent of the donor, and give a good account of them?
[2.] In particular, those to whom God has given children must be very careful how they order them, and what they do unto them, that they may drive out the foolishness that is bound up in their hearts, form their minds and manners well betimes, andtrain them in the way wherein they should go. Herein pious parents will beg divine assistance.
“Lord, teach us how we may order our children, that they may be Nazarites, and living sacrifices to thee.’’4. The angel repeats the directions he had before given (v. 13, v. 14): Of all that I forbadlet her beware; and all that I commanded her let her observe. Note,
There is need of a good deal both of caution and observation, for the right ordering both of ourselves and of our children.
Beware and observe; take heed not only of drinking wine or strong drink, but of eating any thing that cometh of the vine. Those that would preserve themselves pure must keep at a distance from that which borders upon sin or leads to it. When she was with child of a Nazarite, she must not eat any unclean thing; so those in whom Christ is formed must carefully cleanse themselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, and do nothing to the prejudice of that new man.
Verses 15-23 We have here an account,I. Of what further passed between Manoah and the angel at this interview.
It was in kindness to him that while the angel was with him it was concealed from him that he was an angel; for, had he known it, it would have been such a terror to him that he durst not have conversed with him as he did (v. 16): He knew not that he was an angel.
So Christ was in the world, and the world knew him not. Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself. We could not bear the sight of the divine glory unveiled. God having determined to speak to us by men like ourselves, prophets and ministers, even when he spoke by his angels, or by his Son, they appeared in the likeness of men, and were taken but for men of God.
Now,1. The angel declined to accept his treat, and appointed him to turn it into a sacrifice. Manoah, being desirous to show some token of respect and gratitude to this venerable stranger who had brought them these glad tidings, begged he would take some refreshment with him (v. 15): We will soon make ready a kid for thee.
Those that welcome the message will be kind to the messengers for his sake that sends them, 1 Th. 5:13 .
But the angel told him (v. 16) he wouldnot eat of his bread, any more than he would of Gideon’s, but, as there, directed him to offer it to God, ch. 6:20, ch. 6:21 . Angels need not meat nor drink; but the glorifying of God is their meat and drink, and it was Christ’s, Jn. 4:34 . And we in some measure do the will of God as they do it if, though we cannot live without meat and drink, yet we eat and drink to the glory of God, and so turn even our common meals into sacrifices.
2. The angel declined telling him his name, and would not so far gratify his curiosity. Manoah desired to know his name (v. 17), and of what tribe he was, not as if he doubted the truth of his message, but that they might return his visit, and be better acquainted with him
(it is good to increase and improve our acquaintance with good men and good ministers); and he has a further design: “That when thy sayings come to pass, we may do thee honour, celebrate thee as a true prophet, and recommend others to thee for divine instructions,—that we may call the child that shall be born after thy name, and so do thee honour,—or that we may send thee a present, honouring one whom God has honoured.’’
But the angel denies his request with something of a check to his curiosity (v. 18): Why askest thou thus after my name? Jacob himself could not prevail for this favour, Gen. 32:29 . Note, We have not what we ask when we ask we know not what. Manoah’s request was honestly meant and yet was denied.
God told Moses his name (Ex. 3:13, Ex. 3:14 ), because there was a particular occasion for his knowing it, but here there was no occasion. What Manoah asked for instruction in his duty he was readily told (v. 12, v. 13), but what he asked to gratify his curiosity was denied.
God has in his word given us full directions concerning our duty, but never designed to answer all the enquiries of a speculative head.
He gives him a reason for his refusal: It is secret.The names of angels were not as yet revealed, to prevent the idolizing of them. After the captivity, when the church was cured of idolatry, angels made themselves known to Daniel by their names, Michael and Gabriel; and to Zacharias the angel told his name unasked (Lu. 1:19 ):I am Gabriel.
But here it is secret, or it is wonderful, too wonderful for us. One of Christ’s names is Wonderful, Isa. 9:6 . His name was long a secret, but by the gospel it is brought to light: Jesus a Saviour. Manoah must not ask because he must not know. Note, (1.) There are secret things which belong not to us, and which we must content ourselves to be in the dark about while we are here in this world.
(2.) We must therefore never indulge a vain curiosity in our enquiries concerning these things, Col. 2:18 . Nescire velle quae Magister maximus docere non vult erudita inscitia est—To be willingly ignorant of those things which our great Master refuses to teach us is to be at once ignorant and wise.
3. The angel assisted and owned their sacrifice, and, at parting, gave them to understand who he was. He had directed them to offer their burnt-offering to the Lord, v. 16. Praises offered up to God are the most acceptable entertainment of the angels; see Rev. 22:9 , worship God.
And Manoah, having so good a warrant, though he was no priest and had no altar, turned his meat into a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock to the Lord (v. 19), that is, he brought and laid it to be offered.
“Lord, here it is, do what thou pleasest with it.’’ Thus we must bring our hearts to God as living sacrifices, and submit them to the operation of his Spirit.
All things being now ready, (1.) The angel did wondrously, for his name was Wonderful. Probably the wonder he did was the same with what he had done for Gideon, he made fire to come either down from heaven or up out of the rock to consume the sacrifice.
(2.) He ascended up towards heaven in the flame of the sacrifice, v. 20. By this it appeared that he was not, as they thought, a mere man, but a messenger immediately from heaven. Thence certainly he descended, for thither he ascended, Jn. 3:13 Jn. 6:62 . This signified God’s acceptance of the offering and intimates to what we owe the acceptance of all our offerings, even to the mediation of the angel of the covenant, that other angel, who putsmuch incense to the prayers of saints and so offers them before the throne, Rev. 8:3 .
Prayer is the ascent of the soul to God. But it is Christ in the heart by faith that makes it an offering of a sweet-smelling savour: without him our services are offensive smoke, but, in him, acceptable flame. We may apply it to Christ’s sacrifice of himself for us; he ascended in the flame of his own offering, for by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, Heb. 9:12 . While the angel did this, it is twice said (v. 19, v. 20) that Manoah and his wife looked on.
This is a proof of the miracle: the matter of fact was true, for out of the mouth of these two eye-witnesses the report of it is established. The angel did all that was done in the sacrifice; they did but look on; yet doubtless, when the angel ascended towards heaven, their hearts ascended with him in thanksgiving for the promise which came thence and in expectation of the performance to come thence too. Yet, when the angel has ascended, they dared not, as those that were the witnesses of Christ’s ascension, stand gazing up into heaven, but in holy fear and reverence they fell on their faces to the ground.
And now, [1.] They knew that it was an angel, v. 21. It was plain it was not the body of a man they saw, since it was not chained to the earth, nor prejudiced by fire; but ascended, and ascended in flame, and therefore with good reason they conclude it was an angel; for he maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. [2.] But he did not any more appear to them; it was for a particular occasion, now over, that he was sent, not to settle a constant correspondence, as with prophets.
They must remember and observe what the angel had said and not expect to hear more.II. We have an account of the impressions which this vision made upon Manoah and his wife. While the angel did wondrously, they looked on, and said nothing (so it becomes us carefully to observe the wondrous works of God, and to be silent before him); but when he had gone, having finished his work, they had time to make their reflections.
1. In Manoah’s reflection upon it there is great fear, v. 22. He had spoken with great assurance of the son they should shortly be the joyful parents of (v. 8, v. 12), and yet is now put into such a confusion by that very thing which should have strengthened and encouraged his faith that he counts upon nothing but their being both cut off immediately: We shall surely die. It was a vulgar opinion generally received among the ancient Jews that it was present death to see God or an angel; and this notion quite overcome his faith for the present, as it did Gideon’s,ch. 6:22 .
In his wife’s reflection upon it there is great faith, v. 23. Here the weaker vessel was the stronger believer, which perhaps was the reason why the angel chose once and again to appear to her. Manoah’s heart began to fail him, but his wife, as a help meet for him, encouraged him. Two are better than one, for, if one fall into dejections and despondencies, the other will help to raise him up.
Yoke-fellows should piously assist each other’s faith and joy as there is occasion.
None could argue better than Manoah’s wife does here: We shall surely die,said her husband; “Nay,’’ said she, “we need not fear that; let us never turn that against us which is really for us. We shall not die unless God be pleased to kill us: our death must come from his hand and his pleasure. Now the tokens of his favour which we have received forbid us to think that he designs our destruction. Had he thought fit to kill us, (1.) He would not have accepted our sacrifice, and signified to us his acceptance of it by turning it to ashes, Ps. 20:3 ,margin.
The sacrifice was the ransom of our lives, and the fire fastening upon that was a plain indication of the turning away of his wrath from us. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, but you see ours is not so. (2.) He would not have shown us all these things, these strange sights, now at a time when there is little or no open vision (1 Sa. 3:1 ), nor would he have given these exceedingly great and precious promises of a son that shall be a Nazarite and a deliverer of Israel—he would not have told us such things as these if he had been pleased to kill us. We need not fear the withering of those roots out of which such a branch is yet to spring.
’’ Note, Hereby it appears that God designs not the death of sinners that he has accepted the great sacrifice which Christ offered up for their salvation, has put them in a way of obtaining his favour, and has assured them of it upon their repentance. Had he been pleased to kill them, he would not have done so.
And let those good Christians who have had communion with God in the word and prayer, to whom he has graciously manifested himself, and who have had reason to think God has accepted their works, take encouragement thence in a cloudy and dark day. “God would not have done what he has done for my soul if he had designed to forsake me, and leave me to perish at last; for his work is perfect, nor will he mock his people with his favours.’’ Learn to reason as Manoah’s wife did, “If God had designed me to perish under his wrath, he would not have given me such distinguishing tokens of his favour.’’ O woman! great is thy faith.
Verses 24-25 Here is, 1. Samson’s birth. The woman that had been long barren bore a son, according to the promise; for no word of God shall fall to the ground. Hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 2. His name, Samson, has been derived by some, from Shemesh, the sun, turned into a diminutive, sol exiguus —the sun in miniature, perhaps because, being born like Moses to be a deliverer, he was like him exceedingly fair, his face shone like a little sun; or his parents so named him in remembrance of the shining countenance of that man of God who brought them the notice of him; though they knew not his name, yet thus, now that his sayings had come to pass, they did him honour.
A little sun, because a Nazarite born (for the Nazarites were as rubies and sapphires, Lam. 4:7 , and because of his great strength. The sun is compared to a strong man Ps. 19:5 ); why should not a strong man then be compared to the sun when he goes forth in his strength? A little sun, because the glory of, and a light to, his people Israel, a type of Christ, the Sun of righteousness. 3. His childhood. He grew more than is usual in strength and stature, far out-grew other children of his age; and not in that only, but in other instances, it appeared that the Lord blessed him, qualified him, both in body and mind, for something great and extraordinary.
Children of promise shall have the blessing. 4. His youth. When he grew up a little the Spirit of the Lord began to move him, v. 25. This was an evidence that the Lord blessed him.
Where God gives his blessing he gives his Spirit to qualify for the blessing.
Those are blessed indeed in whom the Spirit of grace begins to work betimes, in the days of their childhood.
The Spirit of God moved Samson in the camp of Dan, that is, in the general muster of the trained bands of that tribe, who probably had formed a camp between Zorah and Eshtaol, near the place where he lived, to oppose the incursions of the Philistines; there Samson, when a child, appeared among them, and signalized himself by some very brave actions, excelling them all in manly exercises and trials of strength: and probably he showed himself more than ordinarily zealous against the enemies of his country, and discovered more of a public spirit than could be expected in a child. The Spirit moved him at times, not at all times, but as the wind blows, when he listed, to show that what he did was not from himself, for then he could have done it at any time. Strong men think themselves greatly animated by wine (Ps. 78:65 ), but Samson drank no wine, and yet excelled in strength and courage, and every thing that was bold and brave, for he had the Spirit of God moving him; therefore be not drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit, who will come to those that are sober and temperate.
Don taught this last friday at our Fellowship meeting 4/28/17
Here are a few more things to renounce and cast out. Gleaned from the book Evicting demonic intruders