The instructions given to Manoah’s wife are common sense. Don’t drink or smoke while you are pregnant. These instructions are given because the child has been consecrated as a Nazarite from birth - something quite unusual. So the lifestyle restrictions of a Nazarite are imposed on the mother carrying the child.
Much of ancient wisdom is backed up by modern science. And where do we learn this wisdom today? In health class probably. In health classes that are being slashed from school budgets with so much else because of lack of funding. How will the next generation learn this wisdom?
Lord give us wisdom in how we use public funds. Help us to see that fully funded public education reaps rich rewards.
Rev. Maggie Sebastian
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
Hood River, Oregon