Sampson was Born

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Minoah wanted to have a sacrificial meal with the angel of the Lord for he was not aware that his guest was superhuman (v. 15). The angel refused to partake of such a meal but suggested instead that a sacrifice be offered to the Lord (vv. 16-18). Minoah appears to have taken the angel’s suggestion and offered up the sacrifice in the normal way (v. 19). However it came to a frightening climax when the angel ascended into heaven in the flame of the altar (v. 20). Immediately Minoah and his wife recognized they had been with an angel of the Lord (v. 21) and fell to the ground terror-stricken. Minoah told his wife they would die because they had seen God (v. 22). His wife said no, that if God was going to kill them he would not have showed them all these things (v. 23).

The promise of the angel was fulfilled, and a son was born to Minoah and his wife (v. 24). They named him Sampson meaning “little son.” The hand of God was upon him and the Holy Spirit soon began to empower him as was revealed in his unique strength and spectacular feats (v. 25). His mother offered her son to the Lord as a Nazarite for “as long as he liveth” (I Sam. 1:22,28). Nazarites in Israel were men of deep conviction who kept solemn vows for the service of the Lord. The word Nazarite means separated or consecrated. The three main vows are listed in Numbers 6 as follows: (1) Not to cut his hair, (2) Not to drink any wine, (3) Not to come in contact with a dead body.

Most Nazarites took these vows for a limited period of six months to a year, but a few, as in the case of Samson, agreed to do them for their entire lives.


Minoah and his wife recognized that the Lord wanted to direct in the raising of their son. As a parent I must recognize the same Lord wants to fulfil His purpose in the raising of my children. This is one big reason I need to be having “Family Time” every day.

Judges 13:15-25 (English Standard Version)

Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, "Please let us detain you and prepare a young goat for you." And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "If you detain me, I will not eat of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the LORD." (For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the LORD.) And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, "What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?" And the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?" So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it on the rock to the LORD, to the one who works wonders, and Manoah and his wife were watching. And when the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, the angel of the LORD went up in the flame of the altar. Now Manoah and his wife were watching, and they fell on their faces to the ground. The angel of the LORD appeared no more to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of the LORD. And Manoah said to his wife, "We shall surely die, for we have seen God." But his wife said to him, "If the LORD had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering at our hands, or shown us all these things, or now announced to us such things as these." And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the LORD blessed him. And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

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