He was a miracle child. His mother was barren until an angel of the Lord came with a message from God: “A miracle is going to happen. You will bear a son.”

The angel continued: “Your son will not be an ordinary child nor live an ordinary life. You and your husband are to raise him differently than other children. He is to be a Nazarite all the days of his life.”

Samson had a rendezvous with destiny. Before he was even born, God ordained that this man, Samson, should be a mighty deliverer for Israel. The touch of heaven upon Samson didn’t end at his birth:

“…and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him” (Judges 13:24).

The Lord blessed him as he grew. At some point the Spirit of God moved upon him in a way that inspires legends and fairy tales.

He was walking through a vineyard in the Philistine city of Timnath when a young lion roared against him. The Spirit of the Lord moved upon him, and he grabbed the lion and killed it with his bare hands!

When an army of the Philistines came against him, Samson picked up the jawbone of an ass and, with it, slew 1,000 enemy soldiers.

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