Bible Time Period: Conquest and Judges
You led Israel triumphantly into the Promised Land. They failed to teach their children, and instead did what was right in their own eyes: Help me to keep my eyes on you and teach others what is truly right.
Today you will read about someone who may be familiar: Samson. The lone hero is a picture of Israel during the time of the Judges: consecrated to God, given a unique role and God-given strength, yet flirting with (and even marrying!) the enemy. Blindness and slavery are the result.
“Nazirite” means “separated” or “dedicated.” Those who made a vow of separation to God as a Nazirite abstained from alcohol and left their hair uncut as a sign of their vow. Their consecration was one of total devotion to God and sometimes lasted a lifetime.
What was the ultimate source of Samson’s strength? What lessons can you learn from his story, that apply to your own life?
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