Thursday: 19th December, 2019
Reference text: Judges 13:2-7, 24-25
Judges 13:8 Then Manoah entreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
The name of the Apostle Thomas came to mind as I read the story of Samson’s father, Manoah. These two characters in scripture not only share a similar attitude but also have a clear difference: doubting versus seeking clarification. Although both men missed unique and important occurrences, they also received a detailed account of what had ensued.
However, both seemed unsatisfied with what was reported to them and wanted more. Therefore, we read about Thomas refusing to believe until he had seen Jesus himself(John 20:25) and Manoah seeking clarifications from the same angel who had appeared to his wife. Sometime ago, I watched a video showing information transmission. It involved a queue of people and a hand signal showed to the first person was to be transmitted along to the last.
It was interesting to see how distorted this signal had become after journeying from the head of the queue to the tail. So while Reports can be really beneficial when ‘thick description’ is used, hearing information first hand from source always provides some edge. The doubt which inspired Thomas’ actions should not be celebrated because we notice in the case of Manoah that God responded not to doubt, but to an invitation that was meant to ensure the fulfilment of God’s promise made.
When he was unsure, He went back to God for clarification so there was no room for misinformation or filling in of gaps with the wrong information. That is what we should also do: to seek clarifications from the source. That is one invitation God will be delighted to respond to.