Samson’s story says that, in his youth, “the spirit of the Lord began to stir him . . .”
Astute Living in The Story readers likely will notice numerous biblical themes coming together in the story of Samson.
- An angel visits a barren couple and promises a son (like Abraham and Sarah, Elizabeth and Zechariah).
- The father asks the angel’s name (like Jacob wrestling, like Zechariah’s encounter).
- The father “sees” God in the angel and fears he will die (like Jacob, like Moses).
- The son is consecrated from birth and marked by acts of ritual purity (like John the Baptist).
- The son is destined to deliver God’s people but in the end he is betrayed by someone he trusted. With his last breath and his arms outstretched, he defeats the enemy with a surprising reversal (like Jesus).
Again and again the Samson story testifies to God’s unexpected and undeserved mercy and faithfulness.
The portrayal of Samson’s dubious moral character, foolish hot-headedness, and stubborn independence underscore God’s mysterious way of choosing and using unlikely people for ministry . . . (like me!)
Read more at Charlotte Vaughan Coyle. Living in The Story: A Year to Read the Bible and Ponder God’s Story of Love and Grace (pp. 272-282). Resource Publications. Kindle Edition.