Growing up as a child, when we read the Old Testament, next to David and Goliath, Samson was our favorite story. But we didn’t like how the story ended with Samson dying. The Commentator for the TNIV Version of Judges describes Samson’s life well.
“Samson from the tribe of Dan, was a loner, whose heroic exploits involved single-handed triumphs over powerful enemies. This last of the judges typifies the nation of Israel. Born by special divine provision to a barren women, consecrated to the Lord from birth and endowed by God’s Spirit with unique powers to overcome Israel’s enemies, he was forever drawn to Philistine women, which ultimately led to his destruction–just as God’s consecrated and especially empowered people, Israel, were continually drawn to the gods and ways of the Canaanites to their destruction.
The story of Samson is the story of Israel in [miniature]. The author provides a mirror image of Israel in the days of the judges-and of God’s unfailing mercies to his wayward people whom he would not abandon.”
It is often said that in the Old Testament, God is a God of judgement. However, when we read the story we see the Lord reaching out over and over again to call his people back and to rescue them. We see God exercising great patience over and over again, for many years, before there is any punishment. Give thanks this day that God continues to reach out to his people to extend his grace and love and make himself known.