Judges 13:11-20 (ANIV)
11 Manoah got up and followed his wife. When he came to the man, he said, “Are you the one who talked to my wife?”
“I am,” he said.
12 So Manoah asked him, “When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule for the boy’s life and work?”
13 The angel of the Lord answered, “Your wife must do all that I have told her. 14 She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink any wine or other fermented drink nor eat anything unclean. She must do everything I have commanded her.”
15 Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “We would like you to stay until we prepare a young goat for you.”
16 The angel of the Lord replied, “Even though you detain me, I will not eat any of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the Lord.” (Manoah did not realise that it was the angel of the Lord.)
17 Then Manoah enquired of the angel of the Lord, “What is your name, so that we may honour you when your word comes true?”
18 He replied, “Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding.” 19 Then Manoah took a young goat, together with the grain offering, and sacrificed it on a rock to the Lord. And the Lord did an amazing thing while Manoah and his wife watched: 20 As the flame blazed up from the altar towards heaven, the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame. Seeing this, Manoah and his wife fell with their faces to the ground.
TIME OF DAY:
The Bible doesn’t specify the time of day. I’ve set this scene in the early afternoon.
The sun is high in the sky (unseen, on the left), casting shadows to the right of people and objects.
On the left of this scene an angel of the Lord is ascending to heaven within the flames. Manoah and his wife are kneeling on the ground, holding hands and looking surprised, amazed, fearful, in awe, etc.
This scene shows Manoah and his wife’s reaction as the angel of the Lord ascends into heaven in the flames of their sacrifice. As in the first scene, I have drawn the angel with feather-like wings, as Manoah’s wife first perceived him (in scene 01). Now even Manoah can see that this is indeed an angel of the Lord!
I enjoyed drawing the flames and smoke curling up around the angel.
I decided not to illustrate any blood on the sacrificial goat’s coat, and notice I have given it a bit of a smile! The bowl in front of the stone altar contains grain, and the people have put 2 flat loaves of bread on the goat’s back, which represents the grain offering mentioned in verse 19.