Samson (/smsn/; Hebrew:, Shimshn, "man of the sun") was the last of the ancient Israelite judges described in the Book of Judges (chapters 13 to 16) and one of the last leaders who "judged" Israel before the establishment of the monarchy in the Hebrew Bible. He is sometimes regarded as an Israelite counterpart of the popular Near Eastern folk hero Enkidu, who was also embodied by Sumerian Enkidu and Greek Heracles. According to the biblical tale, Samson was a Nazirite who was given incredible power to help him fight his foes and achieve superhuman feats like slaughtering a lion with his bare hands and massacring an entire army of Philistines with only a donkey's jawbone. Samson's Nazirite promise would be violated if his long hair was cropped, and he would lose his strength.
The story of Samson's life is told in the Book of Judges. His father's name was Manoah, and he was from the land of Zorah. "His mother was barren before the Angel of the Lord appeared to her, so be careful not to drink strong wine or eat anything unclean," he advised. For see, you will conceive and birth a son. And there shall be no razor on his head, because the infant shall be a Nazirite unto God from the womb, and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the Philistines' clutches.' The birth of Samson was a miracle because the children of Israel had done ill in the eyes of the Lord at the time, and as a result, the Lord had handed them to the Philistines for forty years. God sent Samson; he was a savior to the Israelites, who were also his people. As a result, his parents' excitement knew no boundaries when he was born, knowing that it would be through him that Israel would be delivered.
Samson developed soon into a fine, powerful young man. He was continuously aware of the presence of the Lord's spirit. His life, on the other hand, was brief, and his early death was precipitated by the following act of vanity and ingratitude toward God:
1) It is recorded in Judges 14:5 that Samson (now an adult) and his parents traveled down to a place called Timnah. When he had left his parents' side, he was confronted by a young lion who roared at him. The Lord's spirit descended upon Samson powerfully, and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands like a young goat. His source of strength, the Lord, was neither thankful or grateful to him. He simply turned around and returned to his parents. He didn't even inform his elderly relatives how the Lord had mercifully spared him from the beast, so that they may praise the Lord on his behalf.
2) According to Judges 14:8, when Samson returned to the young lion's carcass, he discovered a swarm of bees hovering above the freshly slaughtered beast. Samson jumped on the honey that the bees had created and began to eat it. He also gave some to his parents. He didn't thank or acknowledge God because he was the source of the food.
3) In Judges 14:10, Samson hosts a feast. He used riddles to boast to his buddies at the feast about the lion and honey. He didn't know who the Lord was, and he didn't say anything about it.
4) The Lord's spirit poured heavily upon Samson, according to Judge 14:19, and he went down to Ashkelon and slaughtered thirty of their soldiers. He removed their clothes and distributed them. After completing his mission, he joyously returned to his father's house. He never understood God's strength in his triumph.
5) In Judges 15:9, Samson targeted the Philistines' hips and thighs, killing many of them. After that, he walked down into Etam's cleft and lived there. He never expressed thankfulness to the Lord, who was his source of strength.
6) In Judges 15:11, Samson assaulted the Philistines from a place known as Lehi. And with the jawbone of an ass, he slaughtered a thousand men in heaps upon heaps. He never expressed gratitude to God in any way.
7) According to Judges 15: 18, Samson grew extremely thirsty after his deadly battle with the Philistines at Lehi. 'By the hand of your servant, you have granted this great deliverance; and now shall I die of hunger, and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?' he cried out to the Lord, full of ingratitude, saying, 'By the hand of your servant, you have granted this great deliverance; and now shall I die of hunger, and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?' The Lord then separated the hollow spot in Lehi, and wine flowed forth, which he drank and was resurrected. Samson, on the other hand, felt entitled to God's name and never praised it.
8) In Judges, chapter 16, Samson meets Delilah, the prostitute who caused his early death. So, brothers, let us adore the Lord in all we do or achieve, because He can't help but prepare our roads to praise and acknowledge God. You may say Amen! to that!
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