Summary: Samson is an example that we all need to stay within our borders "spiritually" or face the consequences.
I often find a great reflection of our times as it relates to the book of Judges.
In those days, there was no king in Israel, everyone did what was right in his eyes. (Judges 21:25)
Today we see our society wanting no part in exercising itself in obedience to God or Gods mandates.
Our own eyes will lead us to destruction, Matthew 5:29...And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Now in Judges 13 we have our first introduction to Samson. He was the most physically formidable character to be introduced to us that God desired to raise up to champion the cause of God and Israel.
Unfortunately, Samson became a man interested in championing his own appetites.
However, we see something very beneficial in Judges 13:25. It is just one verse, but we have a brief insight into the potential that Samson as a spiritual leader in Israel. Judges 13:25...And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
There was a place for Samson in which God would speak to him. An area where God would move upon him. It was not the kind of move that required Samson to need to perform a spectacular show of strength. It was not a time where God was moving on him to kill 1000 philistines. No! It was a place, an area, where God wanted to love Samson, and move him by the Spirit of God. A place to teach him faithfulness and obedience.
The bible tells us that for Samson, this was in the camp of Dan, and also interestingly, points out that it was between two places, Zorah and Eshtaol(between Zorah and Eshtaol; which were two cities in the tribe of Dan, and upon the borders of the tribe of Judah;
Why should that be important to us? What can we take from this? Perhaps you have read this before and thought it irrelevant. First of all, God does not allow for anything irrelevant in His Word.
Can I tell you borders are important to God.
To set more in motion here we need to understand a little about Dan, or more important, the tribe of Dan.
The Blessings of the Tribe of Dan
Jacob's Blessing - Gen. 49:16 - 18
"Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse's heels so that its rider tumbles backward. I look for your deliverance O Lord."
Moses' Blessing - Deut. 33:22
"About Dan he said: 'Dan is a lion's cub, springing out of Bashan."
Judges 20:1...Then all Israel from Dan to Beersheba and from the land of Gilead came together as one and assembled before the LORD in Mizpah."
The Biblical description "from Dan to Beersheba" came to denote all of the land of Israel, from north to south. Indeed, Dan's meaning in this phrase is twofold. Originally, Dan settled in the southern portion of the land of Canaan, near the Philistine coast.
Thus we see from Dan, a place which was the farthest place south in Israel, and perhaps as a result. least likely to be as connected spiritually, and as they were also on the the border near the Philistines.