The story begin in Judges 13th and conclude with 16th chapter. During this time the Philistines lived on the west side of Anaan, which is near the seacoast of the Mediterranean. They were also the number one enemy of Israel during this time and also out numbered the Israelites. There was a man name Manoah from the tribe of Dan whose wife was unable to have a child.
The angel informed her she would soon become pregnant and provided instructions on what she couldn’t do. The angel informed her don’t drink wine, or any alcoholic drink, nor eat forbidden food. The son was to be a Nazirite – (which is a person who took a vow to be set apart for God’s service) and also informed her his hair must NEVER be cut.
The woman went back to tell her husband all that the angel had told her. The angel spoke to Manoah and informed him his wife must follow all his instructions including other items.
When the son was born he was named Samson, the Lord was with him. A Philistine woman caught Samson’s eye and he told his father he wanted to marry her and asked him to get her. His parents did not approve but was unaware that the Lord was at work. The marriage was unblessed and his wife was soon taken from him by her father and given to a companion. Samson was angry and took out revenge on the Philistines. The Philistines felt Samson’s punishment and took out their own revenge by burning her and her father. Samson fell in love with Delilah. What Samson didn’t know is that the Philistines went to Delilah to entice Samson to find out what makes him strong.
Delilah tried everything but she knew Samson was not telling her the truth about his strength. Until after all her nagging he told her “My hair had never been cut, and he was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth.”
Delilah got Samson to fall sleep and his hair was shaved and the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes. The Philistine brought Samson into the temple to entertain them and Samson hair was growing back. With his anger of what had happen still he was thinking about revenge again for himself. Samson, prayed to the Lord “Sovereign Lord, remember me again..please strengthen me just one more time.”
As Samson stood between two center pillars and pushed against them with both hands, he prayed. “Let me die with the Philistines.” At that moment the entire temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people in the temple. At that moment Samson killed more people when he died than his entire lifetime.
Samson was to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth. God give him strength to fight Israel’s enemy instead he used it for his own revenge and he gave into temptation and was a womanizer full of sin. But God will use even a sinful man to enact his will
What’s so sad of this is Samson understood the true source of his strength but he never knew his true purpose. That is the truth in our life; there are many people given ability with such great talent but never truly knowing their purpose or destiny.
The main lesson is if we keep walking into temptations, will lead to sin and we will suffer the consequences for our disobedience. Our God will use a sinful individual to enact his will.
NLT Parallel Study Bible
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