Samson (13:1-16:31)

Study notes  2019
Tags: Samson; Judges 13:1-16:31; Israel; Spiritual life; Philistia; Nazirite vow
Excerpted from Profiles of the Judges

Description of Spiritual Failure
“And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD …” (13:1).
Nation(s) Oppressing Israel Philistia (13:1)
Nature of Foreign Oppression Domination by the Philistines (14:4; 15:11)
Length of Foreign Oppression 40 years (13:1)
Cry for Deliverance Not recorded
Provenance of Judge Of the tribe of Dan (13:2ff.)
Special Notes The account of Samson’s life and service is one of the two longest profiles in the book of Judges, being roughly equal in length to that of Gideon’s judgeship. Samson’s entry onto the scene of Israel’s history was extraordinary. Born to devout parents following a visit from the angel of Yahweh, he was commissioned to adhere to a Nazirite lifestyle from conception to death (13:2-24). Notwithstanding his strong spiritual heritage, Samson was morally impoverished, a man who repeatedly made unwise choices rooted in sensuous desires and angry, vengeful emotions. In his sovereignty and grace, God displayed the Spirit’s power in the life of a disobedient judge (13:25; 14:6; 14:19; 15:14), thus beginning to loosen the Philistines’ grip on his people.
Length of Judge’s Service 20 years (15:20; 16:31)
Duration of Peace Consistent with the word from the angel of the Lord, peace was not fully achieved under Samson: “he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines” (13:5).