St. John's Lutheran
Jesus is the Only True Hero Who Saves US!
Judges 13:1-7 New International Version
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.” 6 Then the woman went to her husband and told him, “A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name. 7 But he said to me, ‘You will become pregnant and have a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.’”
Tuesday - July 27
Samson is the most famous Judge in the book of Judges. Cecille B DeMille even made a blockbuster movie about him in 1949. His birth story is quite miraculous and sounds very similar to the birth of Isaac in Genesis and even Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. A supernatural being announced that Samson would be a great hero to save the Israelites from oppression and suffering under the hands of the Philistines. Samson did do amazing things, but he failed miserably at being at being godly and faithful. Instead, the story of Samson shows us that no one but Jesus can truly save us. Jesus is the true hero who is godly and faithful and saves us completely and totally from the sins that enslave us.