Hello My Name Is… (Week 4) – Samson’s Mother
Is the story of Samson familiar to you? If it isn’t, then the preceding story of Samson’s mum is probably even less familiar. In fact, I don’t think I had even given it so much as a passing glance when going through a super fast “read the whole bible” phase and made it to Judges. But there is so much to learn from Samson’s mother and to read the “origins story” of this superhero in Judges. Samson had super strength and was anointed by the Holy Spirit to save Israel, but the story starts here, in this little verse:
“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 13:5
God Can Change Your Life In An Instant
The first thing that struck me this week is that Samson’s mother (or soon to be) was just going about her daily life, maybe dealing with the heartbreak that being barren was causing her, maybe trying to make peace with that harsh reality, and BAM. The angel of the Lord appeared to her and spun her world around. What would that feel like? Would it be a feeling of immense joy? Or maybe fear of the unknown, as she had not been pregnant before. Perhaps relief that she would have an heir for their estate and someone to look after them in their old age. All these thoughts and feelings would be flooding in. I love how God can change our lives in an instant. One moment we feel hopeless, as though nothing can ever be right, and then something breaks and changes.
The Right Woman For The Job
What we don’t know about her is how long she has been referred to as “barren”. How long has she been waiting for a baby. Unlike Sarah in the story of Abraham, we are not told that she is past child-bearing age and old. We also don’t know if she has been praying about this, unlike Hannah in the story of Samuel, who we are told prays to the Lord for a child and that is why he blesses her with one. No, this story is more like the one of the virgin Mary really, where God is looking for someone who will be a vessel for a redeemer. Samson, perhaps not exactly like Jesus in his character, will recue Israel in the future, and so God needs to find a mother who will be able to steward and parent him until that point. Samson’s mother is the right woman for the job in God’s eyes, and that is why she has received this news. What has she done and what has God seen in her, we don’t know right now, but I think in the next few weeks it will become more apparent. Remember that God sees things deep inside of you that you don’t even know are there – strength, patience, faith and hope through the toughest of circumstances often can’t be seen, but God knows. Perhaps the way she dealt with the cruel hand of being barren had shown God something about her. That she dealt with it with grace and humility perhaps would mean she could deal with Samson and his wild character!
God Doesn’t Make Things Easier
Now hear me out on this point! When I stepped into the shoes of Samson’s mother, yes I felt the delight and joy of the news of being finally pregnant. But then I noticed all the conditions and extra things put upon her by the Angel of the Lord. This wasn’t going to be an easy pregnancy or an easy child to bring up. This was going to require sacrifice on her part, strict disciplines for both her and her parenting, and a big change in lifestyle. To bring him up as a Nazirite perhaps could be compared to what some parents have to do to cope with allergies and sever health conditions now. God doesn’t always make things easier for us – in fact often the path that God shows us will be harder. Having faith makes things harder and more complicated, BUT the rewards are much higher. She could have lived a comfortable live with her husband and died with just the two of them. But God’s way brought her not only the joy of a child, but the joy of knowing he was part of God’s plan of redemption for her people. SHE was part of God’s plan of redemption for her people. She had impacted history for good, and that is why she is important enough to get a mention.
What about you?
This week there has been so much to study and find out about, that we could miss the relevance to us. So today, as we reflect on this origins story, let us contemplate these three questions:
- What would you like to see changed in your life right now? Remember that God CAN change that in an instant.
- When you are going through tough times, what do you think God has seen in you that would help you cope with it? What can you draw on from other experiences to get you through? What makes you the right woman for the job?
- What is the reward for the trials you are going through? God doesn’t make the path smooth and easy, but he does reward us for the faith we put in him – what is keeping you going through that?
I’d love to hear what God has been revealing to you this week too.
We will be carrying on looking at Samson’s Mother and who she was by studying this verse:
“Then the woman went to her husband and told him, “A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name.” Judges 13:6
I do hope you’ll join me at 9pm on Monday night over in our Facebook Community for a live discussion to kick off the week (it’s my Birthday so I might be eating cake and may even giveaway some more Mummy Meditations goodies!!). Set an alarm on your phone to join me.
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