Before Jesus Christ was born, 1,075 years, the Hebrews were settled in the land of Israel. However, they slipped up in their worship of GOD and He allowed the Philistines (Palestinians) to take over control of their country.
The Angel of the Lord appeared to a Hebrew man named Manoah and his wife and told them they would have a baby boy. The mother was told not to drink strong drink or eat rich foods while she was pregnant. When the baby came he was also not to drink wine or eat “unclean” foods and they were not ever to cut his hair in his whole life. When he was born they named him Samson.
He grew up powerful and stronger than any man anywhere. The Philistines tried to get him and he loved to torment them. Once they made him mad and he caught 300 foxes and tied their tails together, two and two, and fastened firebrands to their tails and set them loose in the Philistines’ dry corn fields. Another time they tried to capture him and he broke loose and picked up an old donkey skeleton jawbone and wiped out hundreds of them with it. One time he was visiting a woman in a town and they planned to catch him when he left in the morning. He got up at midnight and ripped off the huge wooden gates of the city along with the posts and crossbar and carried it on his shoulder to the top of a hill and dumped it there. What a man!
Then he fell in love with a beautiful girl named Delilah. The Philistines made a deal to give her 1,100 pieces of silver if she would find out what made him so strong. So she started schmoozing him.
She would cuddle up and ask him, “Samson, what makes you so big and strong?” while she had a crew of Philistines outside the door waiting. He didn’t know about the guys outside but he would tease her and tell her ridiculous things. Then she would get him to sleep and try to capture him.
One time he told her he could lose his strength if he was bound up with seven bowstrings. Another time it was new ropes that would make him helpless. Then he told her that if his long hair was wound up in a rug loom he couldn’t do anything. Every time she tried one of those silly ways she would holler, “Samson, the Philistines are here to get you!” and he would jump up and easily break off the bonds.
Finally she got so frustrated that she used a woman’s greatest weapon… tears.
“Samson, you don’t love me or you would tell me the truth!” she whimpered. I guess he couldn’t stand her weeping. He gave in and told her that, if his long hair was cut off, he would lose his miraculous strength. Then she settled down and let him fall asleep with his head in her lap.
She signaled the bad guys and they came in with a barber. Before long all his magnificent hair was in a heap on the floor. Delilah shouted, “Samson, the Philistines are here to get you!” He jumped to his feet, but his strength was gone! He went limp as a rag. They got him.
They dragged him off and put out his eyes. They chained him to a mill stone and made him push the heavy mill round and round for years while they called him names and beat him.
But his hair was growing.
One day the Philistines took him, blind, to the huge stone temple of the fish god, Dagon, so the crowd could make fun of him. Samson reached out his arms to touch the pillars on both sides of him. He pushed hard and the pillars buckled and the whole temple came crashing down, killing thousands of Philistines and killed Samson himself.
It was his final victory.
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