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In this daily Bible reading is the account of God raising Sampson to be a judge and free Israel from the Philistines.  The Philistines had oppressed Israel for 40 years. Interestingly, God did not appoint a grown man. God selected Sampson before Sampson was born.

Sampson would be a Nazirite who was dedicated to God. However, even though Sampson was born a Nazirite, Sampson’s transition into manhood and awareness of his purpose was gradual.

The Bible says, “God’s ways are not our ways.” How true.  God could have destroyed the Philistines Himself. However, He used Sampson and orchestrated all the events leading to Sampson’s service.

Regarding Sampson the Bible says, “The child grew up and the Lord blessed him. And the spirit of the Lord began to stir him.” On a more significant scale, the same was true for Jesus.

Jesus was God’s chosen instrument to redeem Israel, and He was chosen before He was born a human. The Bible says of Jesus when He was a child that “He grew in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.” Perhaps the story of Samson provided Israel with a foreshadowing of Jesus coming into the world to redeem Israel.

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