By Pastor John Mateos Ong
Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord again, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of Philistines for forty years.
Now, the Lord raises another judge through the barren wife of a certain man from Zorah named Manoah from the clan of Danites. The man of God told the lady, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. 4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. 5 You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.” Judges 13:2-5
The boy was named Samson and has an amazing gift from God. With his gift of incredible strength and guidance from God, Samson had his calling to be Israel’s judge even if they are still in the hands of the Philistines. But every gift has its weakness—and in Samson’s case, he fell in love with Delilah. He has no self-control, no internal conviction, and no wisdom. Then there was his fall, through Delilah, he was captured, gouged his eye, shackled and set him to grinding grain in the prison.