The following is a study of Judges 13 and how it relates to deborah divine levy women called into ministry.
Judges 13 (King James Version)
1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.
Manoah was from the tribe of Dan. His name actually comes from a word that speaks of being a man who is settled at home, quiet, and peaceful. It would not be an assumption to say that he was a Godly man but very content not pursuing anything great for the kingdom of God other than just doing his daily chores and providing a home for his wife hoping to one day be blessed of the Lord with children to carry on his name for his inheritance.
3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
It is interesting to note that the angel of the Lord came to the woman, and not the man. You can well imagine how her heart must have longed for a child and that longing and reached the throne of God and his compassion and mercy was seen in the events to follow. Notice that the woman never questioned the angel of Lord but accepted this divine visitation without question knowing in her heart that this was indeed an answer to her prayer. A woman's prayers are important to God. He hears the prayers and longings of women who pray for their families. We will see this more clearly has the story unfolds.
6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:
7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
The woman had a word from the Lord. She was eager to share it with her husband, full of expectation for what was about to unfold in her life. Notice that her prayer and was one that would benefit her husband because without offspring his name would not be carried on and there would be no one to receive his inheritance. in knowing the customs and ways of her people, She not only wanted a child to fill the longing of her soul, she longed for a child that would bless her husband with a name to carry on the family. If one would take the time to research the importance of generations among the children of Israel, it would be easily understood that a man whose wife was barren wasa man who was cursed. However, this precious woman wanted nothing but the best for her husband, she wanted his name to be known throughout generations to come, she wanted his reputation to be good, and she wanted to be the source of abundant blessing to her husband. The only way the longing of her soul could be eased was to give her husband a child. She not only had purpose, but her prayers were for her husband to receive everything that the Lord had promised the children of Israel. And there is much to be said about prayer with purpose that is dedicated to our husband's success.
8 Then Manoah intreated 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.
As we see in so many cases, this husband was not convinced of his wife's experience with the angel of the Lord. He prayed and asked the Lord for confirmation of his wife's explanation of what had happened. And the Lord was quick to oblige as he wanted this husband to understand the purposes of his wife in this "ministry".
Take a moment to reflect on what has transpired thus far: the wife longed for something which would not only fulfill her purpose, but which would ultimately bring blessing to her husband and generations to follow; the Lord heard her prayer, and a supernatural encounter took place confirming in God's answer to her prayer; she went to share this "calling" with her husband and immediately he asked the Lord for confirmation; and, the Lord confirmed what she was saying was true . . . He revealed to him the mission and purpose of his wife.
It is a known fact that men as a rule are driven by facts rather than emotion! That is not to say that they are not spiritually sensitive by any means, but that because their logic is based more on fact, they are generally suspect of women's emotional responses even when it comes to things of the Lord. We see this in this chapter . . . his wife had a supernatural encounter and rather than taking her word for it, he went to the Lord and asked for confirmation. It is interesting, however, that all the way through this account he attempts to apply natural responses to a supernatural calling and purpose.
9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her.
God responded to the husband's prayer through his wife. It is interesting to note that a divine purpose for this family was revealed to woman, a command for purity and being set up part for God's purposes was directed to the woman, and her husband, although he was an integral part of the manifestation of this "calling" or "mystery", he was reluctant to accept it at face value even though it was a response to his cry to the Lord for a blessing!
10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.
Confirmation from the Lord appeared to the woman as she went to get her husband so that he, too, could understand what she had been called to do in response to his prayer to the Lord for a child - the blessing that would grant him favor in his family and community.
11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am.
12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?
13 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware.
14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.
The angel of the Lord gave the husband no new revelation. He repeated what he had told the wife and confirmed to him what was about to transpire and what was required of his wife.