I've been waiting to read all about Samson and my time has come! Most people know him as a strong man, deceived by Delilah...blah blah blah. But I was excited to read about him first-hand; really read into his story for the first time.
An angel appears to a barren woman and tells her that God is going to open her womb for a son. She is to not eat or drink anything unclean or containing alcohol during this time nor shave his head. There is an interesting exchange between Samson's parents and the angel as they try to offer him human food and ask him what his name is. He tells them to make the food a burnt offering and is confused about why they ask about his name..."it is beyond understanding". They don't realize they aren't speaking with a man, but with an angel of God. Kinda cute.
Samson grows up and decides to take a wife...he goes about it in an interesting way. He sees her, then tells his father "go get her, I want that one". Not exactly how Travis and I met, but hey if it worked for them.. :) On his way to meet the woman he encounters a lion--which he "tears apart with his bare hands"...ummmm intense! On his way back from meeting with his future wife, he sees the dead lion carcass with bees and honey inside--so he eats some. I think this is absolutely disgusting, honey or not. When he comes back, he gives his friends a riddle--if they can solve it, they get free swag:
"Out of the eater, something to eat;
out of the strong, something sweet."
The friends go crazy trying to figure it out and tell the wifey they will burn her house down if she doesn't help them. She cries and weeps and bats those dirty eyelashes until he finally gives in and tells her. After her betrayal, his dad gives her to another man without Samson even knowing. This obviously makes him a bit angry, so he takes a few hundred foxes, lights their tails on fire, and has them run through the Philistine's fields--scorching them beyond recognition. The people grab his wife and her father and burn them in revenge. This only makes Samson more angry and want to seek more revenge...its a vicious cycle.
While he's hiding out in a cave, some locals come to hand him over to the Philistines. They tie him up but with God's provision, the ropes become weak and fall away. He picks up an old donkey bone and kills a thousand of his enemies...this guy is like the ultimate man. He would put King Leonidas to shame!
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