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Samson God’s Mirror to Israel and the Believer
Every believer who has read the story of Samson knows that God had a special
ministry for Samson to perform. Samson was born as promised (v.24). His name,
Samson (“distinguished” or “strong”) was used of God to accomplish great feats of
strength. It might be thought that he was a man with great bulging muscles. That this is
not the case is evident from the following considerations. (1) The main point of the
story of his life is that his strength was supernatural (v. 25; 14:6; 19; 15:14). (2) People
were puzzled at the source of his strength and wondered what it was (16:5). (3) When
he actually lost his strength he did not know it until he tried to use it (v.20). (4) His
strength completely left him when his vow was broken (13:5; 16:19-22). The true
source of Samson’s strength was in the ministry of the spirit of God to him (13:25; 14:
Samson is an illustration of what God can do with one totally surrendered and
separated unto Him. To the degree that the believer is separated to that degree he will
have the strength of God operating in his life. Samson also shows what happens when
one goes back on his separation from the world unto God. When Samson renounced
his vow, he lost: (1) his power and strength (16:19); (2) his liberty, honor, and dignity
(3) his vision (v. 21); and
(4) his testimony (v. 23).
Interesting parallel can be drawn between the life of Samson and the nation of Israel.
Samson was a mirror in which the nation could see itself: (1) both were called to be
Nazarites to God; (2) the secret of strength in both was separation from the world and
separation unto God; (3) God’s strength was lost when the vow of separation was
broken; (4) Samson was and Israel will be restored to a place of God’s favor.
God used both the positive and the negative aspects of Samson’s life to purify Israel.
His life stands as an object lesson to the virtues and blessings of being totally
separated unto God and as a tragic warning of the dangers of leading a sinful life.
Scripture reading: Judges Chapter 13-16.
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