many of you are familiar with the O.T. name of Manoah? He was the father of
Samson, and he lived during the time period that Israel was attempting to
complete their occupation of the promised land.
It is at this juncture that the angel of the Lord first appears to Manoah's wife, a woman childless and barren, and promises her a son. This son is to be a "Nazarite unto the Lord," "and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines." Later, at the request of Manoah, the angel of the Lord reappears to repeat God's instructions concerning the rearing of this promised child. Manoah, not recognizing this "man of God" as "the angel of the Lord," inquires as to His name. Here the angel of the Lord asks a startling question in answer to Manoah's: "Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?"
We will consider tonight, "the secret name of the Lord Jesus Christ."
Judges 13:17-20--"The Secret Name of Jesus Christ"--prayer
I. THE SECRET
Note: "The Hebrews seem to have attached great importance to names, for every name was significant in their language." Not only was Manoah interested in the personal ("thy") identification of this stranger, but he wanted to know the authority represented by this angel of the Lord. "Name" implies the authority and totality of the Person. Mat. 28:19 is an example of this: "...baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
B. The Confidence in His Word ("sayings")
Consequence of His Work
II. THE SECRET NAME REVEALED (v18)
Note: Since a name is a means of identification, a descriptive phrase which identifies a person becomes a "name," or a means of identification for that person. Jehovah Sabaoth, which means "Lord of Hosts" is an example. What He is, "the Lord of Hosts," becomes a means of identifying Who He is. Many even mistakenly believe that the name of our Lord does not appear in the O.T. Need I say, that the names attributed to God are the same names that can be, and are, attributed to Jesus Christ. To discover a name of God in the O.T. is to discover a name of Jesus Christ. Even the name "Jesus" is found over 100 times in the O.T. under the word "salvation" (Yeshua), especially when personalized by "thy," "his," or "my".
A. His name is
In v19 we see a simple act of sacrifice by man turned into a supernatural sacrifice by God. Man attempted an outward act of good works (v15), but the angel demanded an offering to the Lord (v16). Man took a kid of the flock, but God demanded the Lamb of God. Man took a handful of meal, but God demanded the Bread of Life. Man took a rock of the earth, but God demanded the Chief Cornerstone. And so we see the "the angel did wonderously; and Manoah and his wife looked on" as:
II. THE SECRET
B. A Meat
(Meal) Offering (flour mingled with oil, Nu. 15:4)
C. A Place
Note: Our Lord was not secured to the cross because He was an unwilling sacrifice, for He lay down His life for the sheep. He was not secured to the cross that He might not escape, for He could have called 10 thousand angels, but He was secured that He might hang between heaven and earth while the curse of sin was applied by the brush of God's wrath. My friends, He did that for you and He did that for me.
2. On the Rock
D. An Offering Unto the Lord
E. A Wonderful
SECRET ASCENSION REVEALED
IV. THE SECRET
B. Manoah "knew" the angel of the Lord
V. THE SECRET
B. Manoah "saw" God
Concl: When you think of Jesus Christ, do you think of Him as wonderful? Do you consider His Name and all it implies to be wonderful? His work in you and for you? His sacrificial life and death? Are we full of wonder as consider Him?
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