We fail, god loves us.
The people of God descended into bitter disunity and civil war, and then 40 years overrun by philistine foreigners.
Samson’s story starts where Christ’s does, with a prophesy before he is born. Like John the Baptist, he’s an unlikely birth, to a previously barren mother.
As with so many of the chosen, his parents can’t believe they are special. They invite the stranger who talks about the birth to dinner. He insists on sacrificing the meat to God instead, and then the stranger shoots up to heaven in the flames of the offering, revealing himself as an angel.
Samson is a messianic figure. The Messiah is a Samson figure.
I fail so badly. I have nothing but god’s salvation. Thank you!