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The Woman's Argument.

The Woman's Argument.

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BY HENRY J. BEVIS.


"AndManoak said unto his wife. We shall surely die^ because
we have seen God. But his wife said unto him. If the Lord
were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt
offering and a meat offering at our handSy neither would he
have showed us all these things^ nor would as at this time have
told us such things as these!* — ^Judges xiii. 22, 23.
BY HENRY J. BEVIS.


"AndManoak said unto his wife. We shall surely die^ because
we have seen God. But his wife said unto him. If the Lord
were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt
offering and a meat offering at our handSy neither would he
have showed us all these things^ nor would as at this time have
told us such things as these!* — ^Judges xiii. 22, 23.

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THE WOMA'S ARGUMET.BY HERY J. BEVIS."AndManoak said unto his wife. We shall surely die^ becausewe have seen God. But his wife said unto him. If the Lordwere pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burntoffering and a meat offering at our handSy neither would hehave showed us all these things^ nor would as at this time havetold us such things as these!* — ^Judges xiii. 22, 23.There was for a long period no king in Israel.There were times of national depression, of subjec-tion to surrounding nations. At intervals, Divineprovidence raised up some champion for the op-pressed tribes; and in their extreme need, deliverancewas wrought for them. The book of Judges does notcertainly contain the biography of perfect men. Weare almost ashamed of our sympathy with the heroesof those days, — they seem to have been men whohad not only the same passions as their race, butwho, in some instances, were more remarkable forthem than others. It is, however, necessary to re-member, that the outward vices of these men werethe common vices of a rude and half civilised people.We have in this chapter some singular circumstancesregarding the birth of one of these champions of Israel, and to these we direct your attention.The Woman* s Argutneni. 187I. The unknown visitor.After the tribes had entered into the promisedland — the land flowing with milk and honey — weshould have looked for times of unexampled pros-perity and peace ; men sitting quietly under the
 
shadow of their own vines, and enjoying all the luxu-ries of rural life. After the death of Joshua, a greatchange takes place, — there is social demoralisation,and at times there is no recognised authority. Thepeople, as a punishment for their sins, pass from onedespotism to another, — ^they are enslaved and op-pressed, and are as much slaves in Canaan as inEgypt. The times were now dark; there was nochampion, no deliverer ; and in this crisis an angelcomes to the wife of Manoah, and promises her ason, who shall be the saviour of the nation. Shewas just the woman to be visited by an angel — abold, energetic, large-hearted, believing woman. Itis not every woman an angel could visit. God's giftsare regulated in their extent by our capacity forreceiving them. We should have diviner visitationsif we were fitted for them, or could appreciate them.An angel came to the woman. The most remarkablemen of ancient and modem times have had remark-able mothers. The mother gives her distinctivecharacteristics to her son, and largely moulds andfashions his life. This was just the mother for soillustrious a son — ^for a son whose birth was announcedby an angel.l88 The Woman's Argument.There is a spirit world, — a world as full of spiritsas this world is full of men. There is a connectionbetween that world and this. The wanderer saw inhis dream a ladder between earth and heaven, andtroops of angels ascending and descending on it ; andthe vision has been the reality ever since. Angelsare still '' ascending and descending on the Son of Man." It is true we do not see angel forms. Wedo not hear the sound of their wings as they pass byus, or listen to their voices, but they still come onministrations of mercy. " Are they not all ministering
 
spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall beheirs of salvation?" In former times angels trodthis earth, — they walked up and down in it, — ^theyentered into men's tents and dwellings, and partook of their hospitality. It was in reference to this thatan apostle wrote, "Be not forgetful to entertainstrangers, for thereby some have entertained angelsunawares." They assumed the human form, — this issingular if you think of it — either, because it is thefittest, or because there is no higher or diviner form.There was, however, some peculiarity of expressionin the countenance, for Manoah's wife says that theface of this unknown visitor was like an angel of God.There would probably be the freshness, the openness,the transparency and beauty of a child's face, andthe combined majesty and glory of more than humanintellect. If we could see an angel's face, there wouldbe no lines of care, no traces of sorrow, no darkeningThe Waman^s Argument. 189shadows, but a superhuman beauty, and a Divineserenity.Manoah's wife having told her husband what thestranger had said to her, he prays earnestly that thevisit may be repeated. The angel comes the secondtime. In answer to the questionings relating to theduties and details of the child's training, directionsare given ; but when Manoah asks the name of thevisitor, the reply is, "Why askest thou thus after myname, seeing it is secret ? " We have answers to ourquestionings about the present life, its duties, itstrials, its blessings ; but when our inquiries have todo with the essences, the realities, the mysteries of things, no answers are given us. We may obtainthe blessing without being permitted to know thename of him who leaves us his benediction. It was

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