The story of Samson is recorded in the book of Judges Chapter 14, 15, and 16. He was a judge in Israel. He was the son of Monoah and Monoah was from Zorah in the lineage of Danites, his birth was a miraculous one.
Samson’s mother had a visitation prior to his conception and she was told by the Angel…
“You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and have a son, now see to it that you do not eat anything unclean. You will have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite dedicated to God from the womb”. Judge 13:4-5.
Samson was considered a strong man in the scriptures but had a weakness with his inordinate affection for women. He married a Philistine woman from Timnath (Judges 14:1-5). Samson went to Gaza where he met a harlot and he went in to her and that was the last thing we heard about the woman.
The Philistine who heard that Samson was in Gaza sought to kill him but with his supernatural strength pulled the gate post and carried it to the hilltop. After having two failed relationships, Samson loved a woman in the valley of Sorek and the name of the woman was Delilah. Samson loved her which later put him into terrible. It can be seen that the love Samson had, could have only been sinful lust and desire. His insatiable desire for Delilah blinded him and he was not able to see the great purpose laid down for him, so he told Delilah the strength of his life.
- Purpose/Vision: We see from the story that Samson like Jeremiah had a purpose for which he was born. He was to be a judge over Israel and deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. God created us for a purpose. We can only know our purpose/vision of our existence by closely walking with Him and by carefully studying the manual –“The Bible”
- Choose a mate from your Faith: Another lesson we can learn from Samson story was that, we must choose a mate from within our faith. Paul admonished the Corinthian church in 1Corinthian 6:11-16
“ Not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship Has righteousness with unrighteousness and what communion has light with darkness”.
Samson did not follow the will of God but his own will in choosing his life partner and this cost him his life. The person we marry is one of the most vital decisions we make in life and so we must trust God and not just ourselves in making this vital decision.
- We are called to live a Holy Life: Samson means “Like the sun” The messenger gave an instruction to Samson’s mother about how they should raise the child. The instruction was clear that Samson will be consecrated and become a Nazirite from birth. The manning of Nazirite means “to be separated” . We are called to be separated from the system of this world. Apostle Paul clearly stated this point in 1Corinthian 6:17- 18 “Come out from among them and be separated…,”.However, Samson was not true to his consecration. He touched a dead Ass and married from the Philistines, these are things a Nazarite should not do.
- God’s purpose attracts opposition: Samson had a great purpose and vision from birth. God planned to use him to deliver his children from the hands of the Philistine but there were numerous oppositions which he did not understand. John 15:20 “…If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you…” Samson purpose/vision attracted opposition
- You are free to choose but you are not free from the consequences of your choices: God has given man “free will” The power to make our own choice. We can choose to obey his commands and we can choose not to obey but we are not free to face the consequences of our actions. It was demonstrated in the life of Moses when he disobeyed God’s instruction by striking the rock twice. He is a God of justice and disciplines rebellious actions and disobedience. In Heb 12:5-6 “ …my son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discourage when you are rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loves, he chastens and scourges every son whom he received”.
- Use your Strength for God’s work: We must all learn to use our Strength for God’s work especially when we are young. This is because a time will come when no man can work again as in the case of Samson. Ecclesiastes 3:1. “There is a time or everything and a season for everything under heaven”.
We saw Samson not following the will of God but his own will in choosing his life pattern and this cost him his life. The person we marry is one of the most vital decisions we make in life and so we must trust God and not just ourselves in making this