"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… 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."
(Judges 13:2, 5 KJV)
Of all the God chosen judges named in the book of Judges, Samson, from the tribe of Dan, was the only one chosen before birth. His coming was foretold by an angel of Our Awesome God (Judges 13) and his parents were instructed that he was to be a Nazarite (see Numbers 6:1-8). Samson was raised in the southern part of Dan, not far from the Philistine border. The Philistines had taken control of the surrounding tribes of Israel and exacted heavy taxes.
God blessed Samson with tremendous strength but he was self-centered and had a quick temper. Although he maintained the lifestyle of a Nazarite, he had little interest in the God of Israel. But the Spirit of the Lord moved the young man and he went to visit a nearby Philistine town. (Judges 13:25) There he saw a woman of the Philistines that he demanded to marry. At the feast after the wedding, Samson’s new wife betrayed him; so he went into the city and killed 30 Philistine men and took their possessions to pay off the bet. Then, in a fit of anger, he left his wife in her father’s house and went home (Judges 14).
Somewhat later, when Samson’s anger had abated, he returned to claim his bride, but she had been married to a Philistine man. He burned the harvest-ready Philistine fields in revenge. The field owners retaliated by burning his wife and her father and Samson avenged them by killing the owners. Then he went to live in nearby Judah until a Philistine army came to demand custody of Samson. With Samson’s consent, the Judeans bound him and delivered him to the Philistines. In the midst of the Philistine army, God strengthened Samson and he broke the ropes that bound him and routed their army, killing 1000 men. From that time, the Philistines feared the strength of Samson and stayed away while he judged Israel for 20 years. (Judges 15)
Then he met Delilah. Delilah, in league with the Philistine lords, badgered Samson about his strength until he said that he would lose it if his hair was cut. Delilah cut his hair as he slept and God left him weakened. The lords took him, put out his eyes and shackled him to work in prison.
At a Philistine festival, they brought Samson out to celebrate their victory. Samson finally recognized God as his strength and prayed for its return. God answered his prayer and he collapsed the building, killing himself and all that were in it. (Judges 16)
Samson was created to liberate Israel from the Philistines. (Judges 13) His birth was foretold, how he was to be raised and what he was to eat and that he was to be a Nazarite. He ignored God and took his God-given strength for granted. He killed Philistine enemies and claimed the victories as his own. He lost his immense strength and his sight because of his arrogance. He finally lost his life as an instrument of God’s judgment on the Philistines. He was certainly not a good example of a man of God.
God is Awesome and created us all. He works around our problems to get His purposes done. We are not Samson but we have the Holy Spirit in all Christians and are able to do more than we think we can. His Word does not return void so use it and the other gifts he has given you to help your church spread His Words of love for Him and all those around you.
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