Passage: Judges 13:1–16:31
Samson was the last, and the worst, of the judges of Israel. Despite having been set apart for service to God from birth, he didn't care at all about God, God's people, or God's laws. He didn't unite Israel against the Philistines, and he didn't even bother to fight the Philistines himself except when they'd wronged him or humiliated him. He was egocentric, lecherous, vulgar, boastful, vicious, and stupid. In short, he was a disgrace.
In a way, Samson points to Jesus Christ--not by example, but by contrast. By human standards, Samson's awesome physical strength would seem to make him an excellent choice to free the Israelites from bondage to the Philistines; instead, he turned out to be a dismal failure. On the other hand, Jesus didn't seem to have much going for him; "he had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him" (Isaiah 53:2). And Jesus was--and is, and forever shall be--the perfect Saviour, freeing his people from bondage to sin and death.
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