Judges 13:1-5, 24-25 New International Version (NIV)
The Birth of Samson
13 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years. 2 A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. 3 The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. 4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. 5 You will become pregnant and 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. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”
24 The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, 25 and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol. Wed. October 21 Samson might be the most famous Israelite Judge. In part because of his incredible strength, but also because of the famous 1949 Cecille B. DeMille film, “Samson and Delilah.” Samson was born to a “barren” woman, but God gave her a son who would be a savior, filled with God’s Spirit. Sounds great! But being born into greatness with incredible, God-given gifts does not mean Samson was good or faithful. In fact, at times he was incredibly immoral! We like to focus on power, authority and impressive abilities. Samson was so caught up in his “greatness” that he forgot to be faithful and trust in God. He thought life would always be easy for him. He trusted in his own strength and power. Yet, God was always faithful to him and will be to you.