Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Omer 2016 Day 19: Manoah's wife

Day 19: Hod in Tiferet, Glory in Balance

Like many women in the Tanakh, Manoah's wife was barren, but then an angel came to tell them that they would have a son.
"The angel of the Lord never again appeared to Manoah and his wife. - Manoah then realized that it had been an angel of the Lord. And Manoah said to his wife, 'We shall surely die, for we have seen a divine being.' But his wife said to him, 'Had the Lord meant to take our lives, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and meal offering from us, nor let us see all these things; and He would not have made such an announcement to us.'" (Judges 13:21-23)
Manoah and his wife's reactions to meeting this angel represent glory in balance. Manoah shows fear in the face of God. After all, it is well-documented that God has struck down others for seeing the divine. His wife balances him by choosing instead to see good and hope in their situation. Today, balance your trepidation with trust. Let hope trump fear.