Contributed on Apr 10, 2020
Samson was one of the heroes of the faith (Hebrews 11:32), born in a time of trouble, and lived through his share of troubles. The best way to begin the story of Samson is to begin with the story of his birth.
Samson. He was one of the heroes of the faith (Hebrews 11:32), but he was a failure in other ways. He was a miracle baby, one of a few born to women who were not able to have children except by God’s direct intervention. Samson had the chance to do so much but he didn’t accomplish as much as he ...read more
Contributed on Apr 12, 2020
Samson may not have known it, but this first encounter, as recorded in Scripture, would lead to a lifetime of problems, heartache, and a lot more. He was about to enter trouble in Timnath.
Introduction: Samson was one of several “miracle” babies, born to women who could not conceive a child except by God’s power. Other women facing that situation included Sarah, Rebekah, Hannah, Rachel, Elisabeth, and the Shunammite woman mentioned in 2 Kings 4. The virgin Mary is of course a ...read more
Contributed on Apr 16, 2020
Samson may have thought revenge was sweet, after he took his own revenge on the Philistines, but revenge surely seemed to leave a bitter aftertaste.
Introduction: Between chapters 14 and 15, a period of time has gone by. Samson, at the end of chapter 14, was furious with his bride after she used her tears to basically ruin their week-long wedding feast. Several of the wedding guests—whom Samson didn’t seem to invite in the first place—placed a ...read more
Contributed on Apr 19, 2020
Samson was bound with ropes and handed over to his Philistine enemies. He faced odds against him of 1000 to 1 or more that he would survive, yet he did! And guess what he used to attack his enemies. . . .
Introduction: Samson had taken revenge on the Philistines twice after his return to Timnath (Judges 15:1-8). Once he found out his father-in-law had given his bride to the “companion” or best man, as we would say these days, Samson caught 300 “foxes”. He then tied them tail-to-tail, placed a torch ...read more
Contributed on Apr 20, 2020
Samson went back to Philistine land twice, after his escape from Gaza , looking for love. He got more than he bargained for. When he met Delilah, and told her the secret of his strength, that led to the final chapter of his life.
Introduction: Samson, by this time, had survived a number of encounters with the Philistines, Israel’s enemy and rulers at the time. This final chapter of his life is not the best chapter, in that he fell into an enemy’s trap. That would cost him his sight, and led to the cost of his life. Even ...read more
Contributed on Apr 21, 2020
When these events took place, Samson was in trouble and he knew it. The final chapter of his life concludes with a very significant event. May we learn from Samson: trust God, but don't make the same mistakes he did!
Introduction: When the events of this story took place, Samson is in the Philistine prison in Gaza (16:21); his head was shaved and he was bound in fetters of bronze (brass, KJV). He was sentenced to grind (grain?) in the prison house. Even worse, he was blind—the Philistines had put out his eyes ...read more