The Birth and Young Life of Samson (Judges 13 – 14)

The children of Israel did evil, and the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.  Manoah, of the tribe of Dan, had no son.  His wife was barren.  The Angel of the Lord came to her and told her she would have a son, and that he would be a Nazarite (no alcohol, nothing unclean, do not cut hair) all of his days.  He would deliver Israel.  Manoah rejoiced, and longed to see the Angel.  The Angel reappeared to Manoah’s wife, and she brought Manoah to Him.  He repeated the promise and instructions to them both, then consumed an offering of food by fire and disappeared.  Manoah feared they would die, because they had seen God, but his wife comforted him.  So she bore a son and called him Samson.

God had a plan to deliver Israel, and he used Manoah and his wife to effect that plan.  When God speaks, everyone should listen!

A few years back, I did a study on Samson’s life from Judges 14.  I include the outline below:
Taking Your Tots to Timnah
Judges 14:1-20

Dad, I met this really cool girl!
Judges 14: 1 Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.”

Son, are you sure this is a good idea?
3 Then his father and mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” 
And Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well.”
What is a parent to do?
Father knows best is more than an old TV show.
The use of the word “no” does not constitute child abuse.
No one else is going to look out for your kids if you don’t!

Where Are You Taking Your Kids?
5 So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. 6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.

Where are you taking your kids?
School
Athletics
The Mall
The Church?
Kids will not always tell you everything! Be vigilant and aware.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (New King James Version) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

Where are the police (parents)?
7 Then he went down and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well. 8 After some time, when he returned to get her, he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion. And behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the carcass of the lion. 9 He took some of it in his hands and went along, eating. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them, and they also ate. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.
Without proper parental supervision, Samson went back on his Nazarite vow by touching something dead. His parents were so clueless that they did not even realize it when he gave them some honey to eat from the dead carcass.
“But I trust my kids.” Good, but don’t be stupid!

Just because your child wants it, it doesn’t mean he/she can handle it.
10 So his father went down to the woman. And Samson gave a feast there, for young men used to do so. 11 And it happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him. 
12 Then Samson said to them, “Let me pose a riddle to you. If you can correctly solve and explain it to me within the seven days of the feast, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing. 13 But if you cannot explain it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing.” 
And they said to him, “Pose your riddle, that we may hear it.” 
14 So he said to them: 

      “Out of the eater came something to eat, 
      And out of the strong came something sweet.”
Now for three days they could not explain the riddle.

Would you buy your ten-year-old child a dragster and give him/her the keys? Yet Samson’s parents gave him a wife that could cost him his integrity!
Would you let you kids hang out with an axe murderer?
15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they said to Samson’s wife, “Entice your husband, that he may explain the riddle to us, or else we will burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us in order to take what is ours? Is that not so?” 
16 Then Samson’s wife wept on him, and said, “You only hate me! You do not love me! You have posed a riddle to the sons of my people, but you have not explained it to me.” 
And he said to her, “Look, I have not explained it to my father or my mother; so should I explain it to you?” 17 Now she had wept on him the seven days while their feast lasted. And it happened on the seventh day that he told her, because she pressed him so much. Then she explained the riddle to the sons of her people.

This woman was not looking out for Samson’s best interests. What kind of friends/dates are your kids hanging out with?

How will your child react to the actions of the world and its people?
18 So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down: 

      “What is sweeter than honey? 
      And what is stronger than a lion?”
And he said to them:

      “If you had not plowed with my heifer, 
      You would not have solved my riddle!” 
19 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave the changes of clothing to those who had explained the riddle. So his anger was aroused, and he went back up to his father’s house. 20 And Samson’s wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.

When should I start being concerned?
Now, no matter what age your child may be. 85% of people who are not saved by age 18 never will be saved.
Do not be afraid to “shelter” your kids from the world.
Don’t allow your kids to do something just because “everybody’s doing it.”
Make sure that your kids do the things that are eternally important.
Are you really making sure that your kids get to heaven?
Although we at the church cannot rear your kids, it is a sure sign of what is important to you and your family if you have your kids in church regularly.
The church, the children’s ministry, and the youth ministry are here to support and complement a Godly parents work and example in rearing their children.

Are You Leading Your Kids to Heaven…Or Pushing Them?
Don’t take your tots to Timnah.
Take your Tots to Heaven!

New King James Version (NKJV)
Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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