Women of the Word: Manoah’s Wife, Mother of Samson


She was visited by an angel of the Lord and gave birth to a real-life Superman, yet the Bible does not tell us her name. She is known only as the wife of Manoah and her story begins in Judges chapter 13. Like several other women of the Word (Elizabeth, Hannah) Manoah’s wife was barren. She could not have any children. In Biblical times, it was considered a real shame if a wife could not give her husband any children. So what did Manoah’s wife do about her situation? She turned it over to the Lord and through her belief, God brought strength out of a weak body and life out of a womb thought dead.

1. Manoah’s wife believed the Word of the Lord. Judges 13:3-5 reads: “And the Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, ‘Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.'”

It’s interesting to note here that Manoah’s wife went immediately and told her husband about her unusual visitor. She did not ask the Angel of the Lord what his name was. She did not ask the Angel of the Lord where He was from. She did not ask the Angel of the Lord for a sign that his words would come true. She did not ask the Angel of the Lord how he knew about her. She simply took him at his word and believed.

Manoah, on the other hand, was a different matter. After hearing his wife’s story, he wanted to see the Angel for himself. He prayed for God to send the Angel again. God heard his prayer and did just that. When Manoah met the Angel of the Lord, he did not just believe the words like his wife but had several questions:

  • Are You the Man who spoke to this woman?
  • What will be the boy’s rule of life, and his work?
  • What is Your name?

When the Angel of the Lord disappeared into the flame that Manoah had prepared to offer a burnt offering, Manoah was frightened and cried out: “We shall surely die, because we have seen God!” His wife did not let this unnatural occurance shake her belief and encouraged her husband by saying: “If the Lord 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 told us such things as these at this time.”

Her last statement shows that she believed the words the Angel had spoken came from God. She believed they would come true. She believed she would give birth to a great child.

Even today, God wants to do supernatural, impossible things with us and through us; but we must believe like the wife of Manoah did. God can’t work with doubt; but with faith (even the smallest amount) He can do amazing things. God doesn’t require us to understand His ways or know everything about Him. He just wants us to trust Him. He doesn’t want us to question His words. Like Manoah’s wife, He only wants us to believe.

Manoah’s wife may have considered herself insignificant because of her barrenness. However, God created her and He saw greatness in her. He knew that she had the seed inside of her that would give birth to the world’s strongest man. He knew that she had the faith to believe the words of the Angel of the Lord.

Just because you have flaws or a defect, don’t look down on yourself. God doesn’t see you as unimportant or insignificant. God created you for a reason, formed you for a purpose. God sees the seeds of greatness inside you. He has a message for you too. When your Angel from the Lord comes to deliver it, don’t doubt God’s words. Only believe.

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