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Samson: The Baddest Thug That Ever- Lived
How Can one best describe the strength of Samson in a futuristic tone? Picture the fight scene in the Matrix. Samson was able to take out many men in the exact same fashion except, his strength came from God.
The Story of Samson
The picture above shows a warrior covered in blood. This soldier, represents a leader that God had great plans for, his name was Samson.
Samson was known for fighting with his powerful hands bearing Awesome strength.
The picture above shows a man holding a sword wearing a red cape in gladiator fashion. The picture above represents a visual of how Samson should have walked in victory. However- Samson had his own plan, which ended up costing him his powerful- long locks
of divine strength, and life.
Judges Chapter 13
Once again the children of Israel became corrupt. Their disloyal and sinful behavior led them into captivity. The Philistines ruled over Isreal for forty years.
At the time there was a man form Zorah, through the family of Danites. His name was Manoah. Manoah's wife was unable to have children. One day the Angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah's wife and shared that she would have a son. The Angel of the Lord instructed the woman to be careful not to drink wine or anything close to wine or strong drinks. The woman was also instructed not to eat anything that was unclean.
The angel revealed that she was to give birth to a son. Manoah's wife was instructed not to cut their son's hair, the child was to be a Nazirite-
( Meaning "consecrated" or "separated" to refrain- from wine, vinegar , grapes, or strong drinks.) This child was to be a special gift from God, from the womb; created to deliver Israel out of bondage from the Philistines.
The woman went her husband revealing what the Angel of God had told her, she explained that his presence was like an AWESOME visit from God! She went on to say that she did not go into detail asking Him where He was from. In addition, The Angel did not tell her His name. She shared with her husband that they would have a son, and that she was not to drink wine, or eat anything unclean, she shared that the child was to be a Nazirite to God from her womb till the day of his death.
vs. 8 Monoah prayed to the Lord, ( probably concerned as any parent would be, given the rare task to raise their son for God's purpose. However, as parents we all have the goal of raising our children for God. Some parents are unaware of this request, and some children, are left to discover their purpose through their own- journey in life. Many parents are not visited by an angel with instructions, which is the hard part. However, there is the leadership of faithful prayer.)
Manoah prayed, (Vs. 8)-"O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child coming into this world." God listened to Manoah, and the Angel of God came to his wife again as she was sitting in the field; but Manoah was not with her. Monoah's wife ran to her husband quickly and told him that the Man that resembled the likeness of God, was back. Manoah followed his wife. When he approached the man he said,( Vs. 11-) "Are You the Man who spoke to my wife?"
The Man responded, "I am."
Manoah said, "Now let your words come to pass! Manoah asked the Man about the son he would be raising for God. He asked about the rules that he should abide by and the work to pursue.
The Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, "Of all that I said to your wife let her be careful. She may not eat anything that comes from the vine, or eat anything that is unclean. All that I commanded of her let her honor.
Then Manoah said to the Angel of the Lord, "Please let us prepare a meal for you."
And the Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, "Though you would like to prepare food for Me, I will not eat your food. But if you offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to the Lord.
( Monoah did not know He was the Angel of the Lord. )
Then Manoah asked the Angel of the Lord, "What is your name? So that when your words have come to pass we may show you respect."
Then the Angel of the Lord asked him, "Why do you ask my name seeing IT IS- WONDERFUL?"
so Manoah did what it took to honor the Angel of the Lord, offering a young goat with grain. Manoah presented the offering upon the rock to the Lord, And He did an amazing thing while Manoah and his wife watched. It happened as the flame went up toward heaven from the altar-the Angel of the Lord vanished in the flame of the alter. When Manoah and his wife, witnessed this, they both fell on their faces to the ground. The Angel of the Lord did not return, Manoah understood that He was the Angel of the Lord, And Manoah said to his wife, (Vs 22-) "We will surely die, because we have seen God!"
But his wife consoled her husband's worry by saying "If the Lord had wanted to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and grain offering from our hands, He would not have shown us all these things and He would not have told us things at this time."
(Vs. 24) Manoah's wife had a son and they named him Samson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Samson's Philistine Wife
(Even though Samson was chosen to fulfill God's will, he had a mind of his own, and a very-prideful- heart. )
Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman who was related to the Philistines. There was bad blood and ongoing war against the Philistines and the Israelites, Regardless Samson wanted to marry a Philistine woman and he told his father and mother that he had met this Philistine woman in Timnah and wanted to marry her. Samson's parents tried to influence their son to choose a woman among their people, the Israelites. The Philistines did not honor the Living God and the men were uncircumcised. Samson was stubborn and he ordered his father to get the Philistine woman for him because he was pleased by her. However Samson's parents did not know that through Samson's stubborn ways, the Lord was at work, seeking the opportunity to cease the Philistines. During this time the Philistines had not dominated the Isaraelites or their land.
(Vs. 5) Samson went to Timnah with his parents and arrived to the vineyards of Timnah.
One day by surprise, a young lion came roaring at him. The Spirit of the Lord came supernaturally upon him, and Samson tore the lion apart effortlessly as one might have torn apart a helpless animal such as a goat. Samson's defeat was effortless as if the lion were nothing in his hands. Samson did not share his experience with his parents.
Afterwards Samson went down and spoke to the woman; and she was pleased with Samson. Some time went by and Samson went back to take the woman as his wife. On his way he discovered the carcass of the lion, and inside was a swarm of bees and honey. Samson took some of it in his hands and continued on his journey while eating the honey. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they also ate. But Samson did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.
( If Samson's parents would have known that the honey came form the carcass of a lion, they would not have eaten it. And they would have told Samson not to eat it, because the honey was unclean, due to the fact that it was manifested from inside the dead remains of a lion.)
So Samson's dad joined his son and Samson gave a feast as young men used to do in those times. It came about when the men of the city saw Samson, they brought thirty companions to be with him.
Then Samson said to the men, "Let me pose a riddle to you. If you can correctly solve and explain it to me within the seven days of the feast then I will give you thirty linen garments ans thirty changes of clothing. But if you cannot explain it to me, then you shall give me thirty changes of clothing.
And the men said to him, " Tell us your riddle, so we can solve it."
Samson said, "Out of the eater came something to eat. And out of the strong came something sweet."
For three days the men could not solve the riddle. On the seventh day the men went to Samson's wife, " Make your husband give you the answer to the riddle and then tell us, if you don't we will burn you and your father's house down. Have you invited us in order to take what is ours? Is that not so?"
Samson's wife returned to Samson, weeping and nagging him for the answer of the riddle for seven days, until he finally grew tiered of her whining.
Samson's wife went back to her Philistine tribe and out of respect for her people she explained the riddle.
So the men of the city explained Samson's riddle to him on the seventh day before the sun went down:
"What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a loin?"
And Samson said to them,
If you had not plowed with my heifer, You would not have solved my riddle!"
Once again the Spirit of the Lord came upon him supernaturally, and he went to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave the changes of clothing to those who had explained the riddle. So his anger was triggered, and he went back to his father's house.
Chapter 14 vs. 20
Samson's marriage ended and his wife was given to his best man that had attended his wedding.
( This is so odd! Lol! They really knew how to get over a break-up quickly back in those days. )
Samson Defeats the Philistines
Sometime passed, the wheat harvest was in season. (Probably unaware that his wife remarried.) Samson visited his wife with a young goat. He asked her dad, "Let me go to my wife, in her room."The woman's father would not allow Samson to do so.
Her father said, "I really thought your truly hated her; so I gave her to your companion. You can have her younger sister, don't you think she is better? Please, take her instead.
And Samson said to them, "This time I shall be blameless regarding the Philistines if I harm them!" Afterwards Samson went and caught three hundred foxes; and he took torches, turned the foxes tail to tail, and put a torch between each pair of tails. When he had set the torches on fire, he let the foxes go running into the grain vineyards and olive groves.
When the Philistines learned that Samson was to blame for the damage of their harvest, due to his anger against the Timnite, because he has taken his wife and given her to his companion, The Philistines rose up and burned her and her father with fire.
When Samson found out what had happened he sought revenge. Samson attacked them hip and thigh (Meaning thigh on top of hip, major destruction.) with a great massacre.
Then Samson went down and stayed in the city of the rock of Etam.
Now the Philistines went up, and camped out in Judah and deployed themselves against Lehi. And the men of Judah said, :Why have you come up against us?"
They answered, "We have come to arrest Samson to punish him for what he has done to us."
Judges Chapter 15
It is written that three thousand men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, they told Samson that the Philistines ruled over them, and they asked him,
(Vs 11-) "What is it that you-have done to us.?"
Samson told the men that he had done to Philistines, what they had done to him in return.
But the men told Samson that they came down to arrest him, and deliver him over to the Philistines.
( I found it alarming that it took THREE THOUSAND MEN- to arrest Samson. A revealing testimony that God gave Samson great power!)
Samson asked the men to swear to him that they would not kill him themselves. The men told Samson that they would not kill him, they would only tie him up securely and deliver him to the Philistines.
The men bound him with two new ropes and took him up from the rock.
When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came heavily-upon him; causing the ropes that were on his arms to break loose like flax that is broken through with fire.
Samson found a a jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, killing a thousand men with it. Then Samson said:
(Chapter 15 vs. 16) " With the jawbone of a donkey Heaps upon heaps, With jawbone of a donkey I have slain a thousand men!"
When Samson was done boasting, he threw the jawbone from his hand and called that place Ramath Lehi. (Meaning: Elevation of the jaw-bone.)
After his defeat Samson became very thirsty. Samson cried out to the Lord, (Vs. 18- )"You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant; and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?"
God heard and answered Samson's cry. God split the hollow place that is Lehi, and water came out and he drank; and his spirit returned. Samson was now revived. He called the area
En Hakkore, fountain of the crier, the name of the spring in Lehi which burst forth water, in answer to Samson's prayer.
(reference www.biblestudy.com )
"Which is in Lehi to this very day!"
And he judged Israel twenty years in the days of the Philistines.
( Given that there was no king , due to royalty through Godly defeat Samson was the leader of Israel.)
Judges Chapter 16
Samson and Delilah
Samson went to Gaza and fell for a prostitute named Delilah. When the Gazites found out that Samson was in their area, they encircled the place where he was and waited for him all night at the gate of the city.
They waited plotting to kill him in the morning .
Samson laid low till midnight; then arose took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gate posts, pulled them up, including the bar put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faced Hebron.
Samson loved Delilah the woman who lived in the Valley of Sorek. And the lords of the Philistines knew this so they asked Delilah to seduce him and find out where his strength developed, so they could defeat him.
The Philistines's plan was to bind him and afflict him. The lord of Philistines offered Delilah eleven hundred pieces of silver to betray Samson, Delilah accepted the offer .
Delilah asked Samson to reveal the root of his power.
Samson toyed with Delilah at first telling her that if he were to bound with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried he would become weak and like the average man.
Delilah had the lords of the Philistines bring her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried.
(Bowstrings are simple strings made of fiber.)
and she bounded him with the strings. The men were waiting in her room nearby to capture Samson.
Delilah screamed, "The Philistines, are upon you, Samson!" Samson broke the bowstrings similar to a strand of yarn breaking when it touches fire.
Afterwards Delilah pleaded with Samson for the truth. Asking Samson again what would bound his strength.
Samson toyed with Delilah yet again, saying that secured new rope could bind his strength.
Delilah took new rope and bound Samson with them. Again she screamed to Samson that the Philistines were upon him. Samson broke from the rope as if thread were tied around his arms.
Again Delilah requested the truth. And once again, Samson fooled her, this time saying that if she were to weave the seven locks of his hair on his head into the web of the loom, it would hinder his strength.
Delilah fell for this lie too, weaving his locks tightly with a batten of the loom, and then screaming,
(Vs 14-) "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!"
Samson awoke from his sleep, and pulled out the batten and web form the loom.
Delilah became upset with Samson. Saying that she could not love him when his heart was not with her. Having been mocked three times and refusing to share the secret his strength.
Judges Chapter 16 Vs. 16
Delilah finally wore Samson down with her daily request. Samson revealed,
(Vs 15-) "No razor has ever touched my head. "I am a Nazirite to God from my mother's womb. If I am shaven then my strength will leave me, and be like any other man."
When Delilah realized that Samson had revealed his secret from the heart, she called for the lord of Philistines, and told them to come up to capture him she told them that Samson has told her the truth this time.
Delilah soothed Samson to sleep, on her knees and called for a man to shave off his seven locks upon his head. Then she began to afflict him, and his strength left him. She yelled for the final time,
(Vs 20-) "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!"
Samson awoke from his sleep. Samson thought that he would be able to to defeat the Philistines as he had done before, but he did not know that the Lord had left him.
The Philistines gave Delilah her money and captured Samson, gouging his eyes out.
They bound him with bronze chains, and Samson became a prison grinder.
(A prison grinder issomeone who grinds grain.) However Samson's hair began to grow back.
Judges Chapter 16 Vs. 23
Samson Dies With The Philistines
Now the Philistines worshiped a false god, they had gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to their dragon god.
They began to rejoice. The Philistines believed that their god delivered Samson into their hands. (The Philistines did not understand that it was Samson's disobedience against The One And Only True-God- that led him into captivity. )
The Philistines, were happy with pride so much so that they brought Samson out to mock him. They positioned Samson between the pillars. There was a young boy that was leading Samson, Samson asked the boy to to let him feel the pillars. The temple was was full of men and women all lords of the Philistines
thousands of men and women were watching from the roof.
Then Samson called to the Lord saying,
(Vs. 28-) "O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God that I may with one blow of vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!"
Samson took hold of two middle pillars that supported the temple and then braced himself against them. With one pillar on his right and one on the left. Samson said, " Let me die with the Philistines!"
Samson pushed with all of his strength, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. On that day of his death, Samson killed more Philistines than he had killed in his lifetime.
(Vs 31-) Samson's brothers and all his family members came down and took him back home, laying him to rest between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah.
Samson lead Israel for twenty years.
(Notice that even though Samson was disobedient and a strong- willed -child, in the end he still fulfilled God's purpose by challenging the Philistine empire.
Samson's life could have been more outstanding if, he remained loyal- to God's instruction.
Samson could have been a leader with great honor, and a long legacy.
Nonetheless, Samson went down in history as a powerful leader over Israel. )
Chapter 17 Micah's Idolatry