Samson: Agony and Triumph

Samson’s proclivity for the fairer sex was a fatal flaw
Yet it was the source of his greatest victories
Pleasant paradox of perfect strength in perceived weakness
Showing God can achieve glory from even the debris of character

This strong man then had a jaunty plan to see
A harlot in Gaza, as a Jew he should not have gone that far
Location and intent were wrong, but desire’s pull was strong
While Samson was holed up in the city that night
His enemies lay in wait planning to strike-kill him at first light
Samson sprang a surprise, emerging at midnight not sunrise
The city gates were shut, but the power of God was not

Samson lifted the gates on his shoulders and walked
Away to the hill of Hebron while his enemies vainly stalked
That was Samson at the height of his elemental powers
The hilltop conqueror, the triumphant terror of Philistine warriors
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Samson: Early Promise

The Philistines were terrorizing Israel again
She had forgotten her Lord and He turned His back
To her merciless mistreatment by men with evil intent
Soon mercy returned and the victims went on the attack

The Angel of the Lord appeared to a barren woman
And assured her that she would bear a child of promise
To be the incubator for this strong deliverer
She must avoid vine’s fruit, fine wine and strong drink
And not be so foolish or mean as to eat unclean food

Strict clauses aid worthy causes for the blessed child
Would be consecrated to God’s purpose from the womb
A Nazarene from birth should not be corrupted by earth’s vices
His was to be a life of godly service from cradle to tomb
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