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  The Great Bible Story #50
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God's plans for Samson

Jacob Ninan
When Israel backslid again, God placed them captive under the Philistines for forty years. Then God sent His angel to a woman in Israel to tell her that even though she had been childless till then she would give birth to a child who would deliver the people from the Philistines. As he was to be a Nazirite, set apart for God, she was not to drink wine or eat unclean food. The boy was not to have his hair cut. When she told her husband Manoah about the angel, he asked God to let the angel visit them again so that they could learn what all they should do. The angel came again and gave them the same instructions. Manoah offered the angel some food, but he asked Manoah to offer a sacrifice to God instead. When the burnt sacrifice was being made, the angel went up in the flame and disappeared.

They called the baby Samson. After he grew up he went into the land of the Philistines and saw a woman there whom he wanted to marry. When he was going with his parents to meet her, a lion attacked him on the way. The Spirit of God gave him such strength that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands. Later when he came to take his wife, he saw that there was a beehive inside the lion's body. He took out some honey with a stick and ate it.

As was the custom of the day, Samson made a feast on the occasion and posed a riddle for the young men to solve. "Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet." If they solved it he would buy them clothes and if they could not they had to buy him clothes. Even at the end of the seven days of the feast, they could not find the answer, and they compelled his wife to find out from him and tell them. When she pleaded with tears he told her the answer about the lion and the honey. When Samson knew how they cheated him, he went out, killed some Philistines and gave their clothes to these young men. His father in law thought Samson had lost interest in his wife and gave her to someone else.

After some time Samson went to see his wife, but when he understood what had happened he was so angry he went into a field, caught 300 foxes, tied their tails together, put burning torches between the tails, and sent them out into the field, burning up all the harvest. When the Philistines heard it, they burnt his wife and her family to death. Now Samson went out in fury and killed the Philistines ruthlessly.


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