Posted by: Barbara Wilbur for ElysJoy Church | October 19, 2014

Samson: God’s Plan Triumphs:An Angel and a Nazarite Vow

Sampson Angel Visit Nazarite Vow

The story of Samson is one we hear even as children.   A strong man in the Bible who loses his strength because his girlfriend cuts off his hair.  But there is much more to Samson than a big man that got his haircut, or  a man tricked by a seductive women.   The story of Samson is God seeing his plan through despite the sin of people. If God wills it God does it.  God always fulfills his promises and never lies.  Lets see what we can learn about what the story of  Samson really tells us.

A CHILD IS PROMISED:

The tale begins in Judges 13.   Here we find the Israelites doing evil in the sight of the Lord once again.  Israel has been under the power of the Philistines for 49 years.   The time had come for God to deliver Israel once again.    To accomplish this,  God chooses the wife of Manoah, from the tribe of Dan.  Ms. Manoah couldnt have children but the Lord sends an angel to tell her things were about to change.

The angel visits Samson’s mother and tells her she will give birth to a son.  But that son has a special obligation.   He is to be set apart from birth to God as a Nazarite. Typically the Nazarite vow is taken by adult men dedicating their life to God for a period of time.  But here God gives Samson no choice.  He is to be a Narzite from birth. In addition he tells Ms. Manoah that she must also follow these rules also.

A NAZARITE VOW INCLUDED:

  • To completely abstain from grapes or wine products and any type of alcohol or vinegar
  • No haircuts – let the hair locks grow so that all will know you are separate form God.
  • Not to become ritually impure by contact with corpses or graves, even those of family members.
  • And the end of the vow the Nazarite was to offer three sacrifices to God, a burnt offering, a sin offering, and a peace offering.  The Nazarite would then shave his head and offer it in the fire of the peace offering.

With Samson, God wanted a visual display of someone set apart for God in order to show the people that the start of their deliverance came from God.   Samson’s hair would be that display.

Now back to the angel visit.  Mr. Manoah, who was from the tribe of Dan, was shocked at the angel’s  visit and wanted all the details.    Mrs. Manoah (we don’t ever find out her name) gets anther angel visit and she has him wait while she goes and gets her hubby!   The angel waits for her and her hubby and lets them ask all their questions.   The angel tells them to pay attention to what he already revealed to the women and mentions again the details of the Nazarite vow.   The angel suggests a burnt offering to God  instead of the dinner the Manoah’s offer him.  They comply the angel hits the road and before you know it they have Samson.  The scripture tells us in Judges 13:24 that Samson grew up and the Lord blessed him!

While in Mahaneh, literally the Camp of Dan, the spirit of the Lord begins to stir in him.  Samson travels to Timnah, Map of Israel at the time of Samsona Philistine city and sees a woman who was a daughter of a Philistine.   He heads home, tells his parents that he must have her for his wife.  His parents try to persuade him to take a wife from their own people but Samson tells them, she looks good to him and they need to go get her for him!

But please don’t miss the single sentence that is they key to this section, Judges 14:4 says “Now his mother and father did not know that this was from the Lord who was seeking an occasion against the Philistines….”   Remember God gave Samson life to begin to deliver Israel from the power of the Philistines!   This was his first step.   Samson loved Philistine women and God decided it was time to use that for His own glory.   Does this teach us that God condones sin? No way!  But it does reinforce Romans 8:28 :  “We know that all things work together for the good of those that love God: those who are called according to His purpose. ” Many would die in the process, many lives were shattered because of Samson’s sin but the Lord would accomplish his perfect purpose.

HOW DO WE APPLY THIS TO OUR OWN LIVES?  

  • Remember, even when you don’t understand the things God allows to happen, you can rest in the peace of knowing God is still with you.
  • Although His purpose will be accomplished, don’t let the desires of the world keep you from the abundant blessings of God. 
  • Stay away from things you can’t resist.  Walking into the middle of your temptation is never what God wants.   Stay separate and dedicated to God to build faith and peace in your life and the life of those around you.

Stay tuned for the rest of the story of Samson…..Samson takes a wife and gives a riddle. 

Michael O’Quinn and Barbara Wilbur delivered the Samson sermon on October 12, 2014 at ElysJoy Church.  We have services every Saturday night at 6:30 and would love for your to join us!

Be sure to stay tuned for the rest of the Samson story and how it applies you your life!

All verses noted above are the HSCB translation and links to scripture verses are courtesy of BlueLetterBible.org

Photo credit for banner to Ax Church 

 

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