Samson has lost his strength and has been captured by the Philistines. The Philistines honor their god Dagon for that fact in his temple, but in the end they will lose out with Dagon. Dagon is the god who looks like half man, half fish.
Through Samson, the LORD began to deliver Israel from the Philistines. Judges 13 verse 5.
Samson's final battle with the Philistines takes place in Dagon's temple. When he dies under the collapsing temple, many Philistines die with him.
Only under King David is Israel completely delivered from the Philistines.
Because of Samson's sin, the Holy Spirit has left him, but despite the fact that Samson was often led by his own desires, the LORD does not abandon his people. This shows God's grace.
When Samson cries out to the LORD, He strengthens him once more. By his death, Samson works for redemption for Israel. This is reminiscent of Jesus, the great Son of David, who died vicariously for sin and thus obtained complete redemption through his death:
Mark 10 verse 45: ‘For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
Hebrews 2 verse 14: ‘Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil’, etc.
The Life of Samson gives a brief history of Israel:
- Even before he was born, God revealed to his parents that Samson was a Nazirite/consecrated one who would bring deliverance. Similarly, God had revealed to Abraham that from him would come a people who would be holy and would bring forth the great Deliverer/Messiah.
- Samson sinned again and again. Israel, too, was disobedient again and again and fell into sin and idolatry.
- Whenever Samson was bound, God brought deliverance. So also Israel was always delivered when it was oppressed by enemies, and cried upon the LORD.
When the measure of Samson's sins was full, God delivered him into the hands of his enemies. Similarly, Israel's sins led to the inevitable judgment: the captivity in exile
At the end of his life, Samson turned back to God. God heard him, and used him to testify of Him. So also Israel will one day be converted, and be used by God to glorify Him.
Some parallels with the life of Jesus:
- Samson's birth was announced by an angel, just like Jesus’. This created high expectations. Jesus lived up to the high expectation, Samson's behavior often disappointed.
- Samson was a Nazirite (consecrated to God), but violated Naziriteship several times. Jesus was the full Nazirite, who always lived completely devoted to God.
- Samson means: 'like the sun'. Christ is the "Sun of Righteousness."
- Samson killed a lion. Jesus overcame Satan, who "walks about like a roaring lion."
- Samson fought alone, without the help of fellow citizens. Jesus also accomplished the redemption alone.
- Samson was the object of ridicule and amusement of his enemies, as was Jesus.
- Samson died with his enemies, but Jesus died for his enemies, out of love.