Samson is an ironic figure. On the one hand, he is dysfunctional. He womanizes, at times he is vindictive, and rather frequently he is foolish. On the other hand he probably is the best reflection of the Christ who is to come, among the judges. The broad outlines of his life as recorded in Judges 13-16 show this point.
1. An angel of the Lord appears to his parents to foretell the miraculous birth of a son who will deliver Israel. (Judges 13:2-3)
2. Samson was filled with the Spirit. (Judges 13:24)
3. Samson spends time in the wilderness – the rock of Etam. (Judges 15:8)
4. Samson kills a lion as Jesus destroys Satan who is a prowling lion. (Judges 14:5,6)
5. Through Samson’s death, he brings the overthrow of the Philistines. In fact, his death is more successful than his life. (Judges 16:30)
There are several applications. First, God uses imperfect people for his purposes, and his patience is far greater than what we can imagine. Second, no matter how great and mighty a leader is, they are but dim reflections of what we really need, namely a perfect savior. Third, since all Christian leaders will be an amalgam of good and bad, we need to look upon Christ alone.
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