Samson was a Miracle Baby
2Now there was a certain man from Zorah(hornet’s nest), of the family of the Danites(Judgement), whose name was Manoah (rest); and his wife was barren and had no children (not fruitful, mentioned twice).
3And the Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. 4Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean.
5For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”
Why was the wife not named?
In the bible some women are left unnamed to bring out a certain quality in them.
Wife of Manoah – I believe symbolises wisdom or Holy Spirit.
Nazarites (nazir – separated) are consecrated to the Lord, (1) abstinence from wine and strong drink, (2) refraining from cutting the hair off the head during the whole period of the continuance of the vow, and (3) the avoidance of contact with the dead.
Manoah prayed to God to send the “Man of God” (actually angel) again, and God sent the angel to the wife again.
9And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came to the woman again as she was sitting in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her.
Many times, God speaks through the Holy Spirit, which is not direct.
Then Manoah said to the Angel of the Lord, “Please let us detain You, and we will prepare a young goat for You.”
16And the Angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Though you detain Me, I will not eat your food. But if you offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to the Lord.” (For Manoah did not know He was the Angel of the Lord.)
God Has a Plan For Your Life
22And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, because we have seen God!”
23But his wife said to him, “If the Lord had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have shown us all these things, nor would He have told us such things as these at this time.”
Manoah seems much less perceptive (even slow) compared his wife, he wanted to feed the “Man of God” but the angel pointed him to worship God. When he saw God consume the burnt offering in flames, he feared for their lives, but his wife comforted him.
When we are in a difficult situation, when we think that we will not pull through, hold on to God’s promises in our lives!!! He did not promise to give you a “hope and a future” only to see you fail and not turn your situation around.
Just like when Abraham, as he built the altar, tied Isaac and placed him on it, I believe both him and Isaac, who was probably a teenager at that time (being able to carry the bundle of sticks for the altar) were still believing God for salvation, remembering the promise that God gave when He prophesied that Sarah will be the one who will bear him a son, to be called Isaac.
19Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. 20And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
Remind yourself of God’s Promises
God is not oxymoronic, neither is He psychitzophrenic nor self-contradictory. When He gives a promise, it WILL COME TO PASS.
We really need to remind ourselves to keep believing in His promises in our lives when we are struggling in our battles and keep believing that God has provided a solution when He gave Jesus and He will make a way when there seems to be no way, because God cannot lie.
24So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.
25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan (Judgement) between Zorah (hornet’s nest – symbolic of punishment) and Eshtaol (our petition or request).
Mahaneh-Dan – Camp of judgement
Zorah – nest of hornets
Eshtaol – H847 Petition or Request.
This is symbolic of how the Holy Spirit can intercede for us in Judgement, between Punishment and our Requests. How?
Through the speaking of tongues. This key is also revealed in Judges 7 when God delivered the Midianites and Amalekites to Gideon and his 300 soldiers by reducing their forces from 32,000 to 10,000 (by asking the fearful to return home) and then selecting the remaining 300 by how they drank water at the river.
The ancient Hebrew word ‘yalok’ refers (loosely) to the sound of a dog makes when lapping water. I believe this represents the praying in the spirit.
Samson’s Philistine Wife
1Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. 2So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.”
3Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
What is a Nazarite doing, asking for a Philistine wife?
Judges 14:4 NKJV
But his father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord —that He was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
6And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
When trouble comes our way, the Holy Spirit will strengthen us to overcome the problem even when we have nothing in our hands.
10So his father went down to the woman. And Samson gave a feast there, for young men used to do so. 11And it happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
Judges 14:14-15 NKJV
So he said to them: “Out of the eater came something to eat, And out of the strong came something sweet.” Now for three days they could not explain the riddle.
15And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson’s wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father’s house with fire: have ye called us to take that we have? is it not so?
And so they men knew the answer to the riddle.
Analogy of the Heifer
So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down: “What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?” And he said to them: “If you had not plowed with my heifer, You would not have solved my riddle!”
Judges 14:18 NKJV
Why Samson used this analogy
Smith’s. (1 Samuel 6:7-12; Job 21:10; Isaiah 7:21) The heifer or young cow was not commonly used for ploughing, but only for treading out the corn. (Hosea 10:11) but see Judg 14:18 When it ran about without any headstall, (26:4) hence the expression an “unbroken heifer,” (Hosea 4:16) Authorized Version “backsliding” to which Israel is compared.
There is a deeper meaning here:
“For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that their bodies are clean”
Ps 129:3 “The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.”
ATS Bible dictionary:
Red heifers were to be offered in sacrifice for the national sins, in the impressive manner described in Numbers 19:1-10, illustrating the true sacrifice for sin in the person of Christ, Hebrews 9:13,14.
Heifer is only used as a peace Offering – for thanksgiving.
Only through Jesus Christ (the Heifer) can we receive the blessings of God (Honey).
Judges 14:19 And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father’s house.
20But Samson’s wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.
Askelon or Ashkelon = “the fire of infamy: I shall be weighed” (Strong H831)
Infamy (infamous) – the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed.
Samson was unjustly treated because the philistines cheated. Yet he delivered on his promise of the 30 change of garments, even though they did not deserve it.
But because they “plowed his heifer”, they were able to receive the blessing.
Then He became angry so he left and his father in law gave his wife to one of the 30 companions.
Her father said, “I really thought that you thoroughly hated her; therefore I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister better than she? Please, take her instead.”
Judges 15:2 NKJV
The father in law offered the younger sister, who was younger and better but Samson rejected it, either because he really loved his wife, or he wanted to vent his frustrations. I believe it was the former.
Then Samson went and caught three hundred foxes; and he took torches, turned the foxes tail to tail, and put a torch between each pair of tails.
When he had set the torches on fire, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burned up both the shocks and the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and olive groves.
Judges 15:4-5 NKJV
How on earth did he catch 300 foxes?!!!!
It is definitely supernatural. The number 300 indicates divine deliverance — supernatural deliverance that is absolute. (e.g. 300 men of Gideon)
It was time of wheat harvest (Judges 15:1). The first burnt up both the shocks and the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and olive grove (Judges 15:5)
The fire is symbolic of burnt offering of grain and wine and anointing oil.
This was the beginning of the deliverance of the Israelites.
Judges 15: 6
6 Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.
7And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.
8And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.
So he attacked them hip and thigh with a great slaughter; then he went down and dwelt in the cleft of the rock of Etam.
Judges 15:8 NKJV
Exodus 33 cleft of the rock
God placed Moses in the cleft of the rock when he passed by – the only way we can be in the presence of the perfectly Holy God.
Etam – Arabic root word which means to cleave or to split.
The Rock was split, so it can cover us from being burnt by God’s judgement.
Then 3,000 Israelites betrayed Samson to the Philistines.
Jesus was also betrayed by His own people He came to liberate.
They did not murder Him with their own hands but delivered Him to the Romans.
Now the Philistines went up, encamped in Judah, and deployed themselves against Lehi(H3896).
There is a difference in the word “Lehi” “jaw” H3895 and the place “Lehi” H3896 .
When God uses us, He always use us with what is in our hands.
- Jashobeam, a Hakmonite, was chief of the officers; he raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.
- Eleazar stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. 2 Sam 23:10
- David fight Goliath with 5 smooth stones and a sling, killed him with 1 shot.
In this case, it happens to be a jawbone of a donkey
When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.
He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it.
Not exactly a formidable weapon, will work pretty well as a mallet in my opinion.
But Samson killed 1000 men with it.
By taking what we have in out hands to serve Him, God will give us supernatural results.
Significance of bone of the donkey
- The verb חמר (hamar I) is thought to express the exuberant boiling or fermenting of a liquid
- The verb חמר (hamar II) means to heap up
- The masculine noun חמר (homer), meaning heap. It occurs only in Exodus 8:10 in the duplicated plural form חמרם חמרם, meaning heaps and heaps (of dead frogs)
- The identical masculine noun חמר (homer), which is a large measure of volume (estimates range from 200 to 400 liters) used predominantly for cereals (Isaiah 5:10, Ezekiel 45:13, Hosea 3:2)
- The verb חמר (hamar III) is thought to mean to be red (it does so in Arabic)
When you take up the Wine and grain God will use you mightily.
God Split the Hollow Place to Save Samson
Samson we almost dead after killing 1000 Philistines with the jawbone and out of his weariness he complained to God.
“So God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out, and he drank; and his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore he called its name En Hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day.”
Judges 15:19 NKJV
God split the “jawbone” H3895 here, not the place H3896.
En-hakkore = “spring of One calling”
Samson complained – sin.
By grace, God split Jesus and out flows rivers of living water.
His punishment shall NEVER fall on us!
Seems like the story of Samson ended, out has it???
Fell For Philistine Woman, Again!
Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
Judges 16:4 NKJV
No mention of Jew or Philistine, likely the latter, because the Philistines approached her like they did his ex-wife.
So why did he fall for a Philistine woman again?
Delilah – delicate or lustful
However u see it, Samson was smitten by this lady.
3 times he patronised her request only to be caught and still, finally he told her the truth.
Either he was ready stupid, he has a weakness for women or he really loved her and willingly gave up his deepest secret to her.
Lords of Philistine promised 1100 pieces of silver each to get Samson.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was sold for only 30 pieces.
The number eleven is important in that it can symbolize disorder, chaos and judgment.
Symbolic of judgement falling upon Jesus.
God of Second Chances
So they caught him, put out his 2 eyes and made him a grinder in prison.
However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.
Our God is a God of second chances.
It doesn’t matter how old we are, it doesn’t matter how much we have fallen. It doesn’t matter how useless or inadequate we feel.
When we find ourselves falling short of the standards of God (which is inevitable) the best thing to do is to grind (meditate) on the finished work of His body (metaphorically) like Samson did and God will restore us.
All we have to do is to keep grinding and looking to Jesus and God can compress time and use as even more mightily than before.
Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said:
“Our god has delivered into our hands Samson our enemy!”
Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there—about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed.
¶Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”
Jesus came down to take His portion so that we might not just be saved, but receive a double portion of God’s blessings in our lives.
What was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords doing, falling in love with human beings so much, forgoing all His Glory and Honour, Power and Strength coming down to earth, humbling Himself as mere human baby born in a manger?
Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs.
It was His portion to deliver us from the punishment of sin and alienation from God the Father, and to impart the Holy Spirit to us when He rose to heaven so we will possess a double portion in our lives!!!
Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
In Samson’s death he killed more than he had killed in his life (3,000 compared to 1,000 before).
Our Lord Jesus in His death and resurrection saved and healed more than He had saved and healed in His life, through us, His ambassadors.
And his brothers and all his father’s household came down and took him, and brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah. He had judged Israel twenty years.
Between Zorah and Eshtaol, Samson rested in his father, Manoah’s tomb.
Between Our Punishment (Zorah – nest of hornets) and our requests (Eshtaol – Petition or Request. H 847.), at the right hand side of God the Father, Jesus rests (Manoah (H4495 Rest) because His work is finished, as He continues to intercede for us.
He was our perfect burnt offering. As we continue to have communion and meditate on His finished work and apply the anointing oil, our blessing will manifest.
The Holy Spirit now lives in us, so we can continually stir it up (by praying in the Spirit), so as our lives prosper, we can testify of His Goodness and Salvation through the abundant life that we live.