This message is about Samson and also the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh).
I’ve written messages about Samson before but not in the depth that I intend to go. This story begins in the book of Judges Chapter 13, but I am going to start with a verse from chapter 17 that will tie it all together.
“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6 KJB).
Now the Father was still supposed to be their King, and Judges were elected at times to redeem them from their enemies. It was a cycle.
(Judges 13:1 NASB) “Now the sons of Isreal again did evil in the sight of the LORD, so that the LORD gave them into the hands of the Philistines forty years.”
Forty years is a long time. That would put us in 1975 when Ford was president and prayer had been taken out of our public schools for about three years. The Vietnam War just ended, and our national debt was 541.9 billion versus over 18 trillion today. Five years later in 1980, the supreme court declared that posting the Ten Commandments (Ten Sayings) in a school violated the Constitution of the United States. What a sad day! I looked at an advertisement from 1975 for men and women’s clothing and the women’s dresses were below the knee, and the tops were up to the neck (modesty). We see a pattern in the Bible, His people fall into sin and do evil, and then they cry out, and He delivers them in some fashion, but He waits at times for a whole generation to pass.
The angel tells Samson’s mother, “Now, therefore, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing.
“For behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines” (Judges 13:4-5 NASB).
The rules for this are set for us in Numbers chapter six.
“Then the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson, and the child grew up, and the LORD blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him in Mahaneh-Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol” (Judges 13:24 NASB).
It was A STIRRING WIND!
According to Hebrew Streams. org there is much to learn from researching the word “Holy Ghost/Spirit. I quote some info below but for the full article, click here.
“The Hebrew has two words for wind, Ruach, and Neshamah. The Ruach of God is in my nostrils” (Job 27:3). Medieval English theologians believed the Holy Spirit was unknown to the Hebrews and Jews of the Old Testament era. They thought this Wind first appeared at the festival of Pentecost recorded in Acts chapter two.
This belief created a dilemma for them. For if the Third Person was unknown before his appearance, who or what was the Ruach mentioned in the OT? And if the Holy Spirit did not “come” until Pentecost, what Spirit came upon and anointed Yeshua (Jesus) before that event?
To solve the problem and prevent conflicting interpretations, these theologians and their printers created two distinctions.
First, they coined the phrase “Holy Ghost” to designate the Third Person of the Trinity. John Wycliffe’s version of 1380 was the first major translation to use the phrase. Later Bible editors followed his example and used “Holy Ghost” only in their NT portions, never in the OT. The King James Version of 1611 followed the tradition and had the phrase 90x in its NT. It also never uses the phrases “the Ghost,” “Ghost of God,” “Ghost of Jesus,” or “the Ghost of your Father.”
Instead, we find “the Spirit of…,” even though the same Greek word pneuma lies behind “ghost” and “spirit.” The traditional coined phrase “Holy Ghost” denotes an independent, coequal member of the Godhead.
The “Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit” distinction was abandoned in most English Bibles in the late 1800s, in favor of “Holy Spirit” throughout both portions (OT, NT).
Anything breathing is alive and full of the breath of Yah, but DEAD things don’t breathe.
(Revelations 3:1-2 NASB) “I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. ‘Wake up!”
(Job 32:8 NIV) “But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.”
The RUACH of the ALMIGHTY IS INSIDE YOU.
Ruach means breath, wind, blast, force. A stirring wind! We see this many times in scripture as in the parting of the Red/Reed Sea, and the same thing happens with Joshua and the Jordan. The Father breathed His Ruach blast and moved the waters so the Priest could walk through on dry land. He breathed His Ruach and blew away all the locust from Egypt. He breathed, and Lazarus came forth from the grave. Bread rained down from heaven.
He wants to breathe on us!
This Wind has been here since the beginning.
“ . . . And the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters” (Genesis 1:2 NASB).
God’s creative power is shown when His Mouth speaks. “God said, Let there be light; and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).
By His Breath, He Breathed, and there was Light. A Big explosive bang of sunshine.
Samson’s name meant bright sun and a woman named Delilah (darkness/ lustful) would end up snuffing that out.
When we get to the next chapter in Judges, Samson who was supposed to keep all of God’s Commandments and even all the special Nazirite laws, tells his mother and father that he has seen a daughter of the uncircumcised Philistines and he wants them to get her for his wife. His parents are horrified by this news and try and convince him to marry a Hebrew girl, but he says no. The next verse explains why.
“However, his father and mother did not know THAT IT WAS OF THE LORD, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel” (Judges 14:4 NASB).
I’m going to open this up broader; I believe the Philistines represent the Gentile nations in this story.
As we move along in the story, we see a day when he travels to Timnah to meet with this young woman and set up a betrothal period so they can be united in marriage. Timnah is a name that has great depth. Let’s look at what it means.
(TIMNAH) “The masculine noun מן (man I) is what we know as Manna (Exodus 16:15, Numbers 11:7, Joshua 5:12), which isn’t a translation but a transliteration of a Greek interpretation. In short, we don’t know what it is, apart from it being the miraculous bread from heaven that sustained Israel for the forty years trek through the Negev.”
“Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards (notice the vineyard) of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat” (Judges 14:5-7 NIV).
Sometime later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass, and in it, he saw a swarm of bees and some HONEY. He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion’s carcass” (Judges 14:8-9 NIV).
He was not supposed to go near a dead animal or person; he was a Nazirite.
This whole story is a story in itself. The Strong arm of the Lord, the Lion the Tribe of Judah and the HONEY that he fed to him and his parents represent Yahweh’s words. “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalms 119:103 NASB).
The wafers in the wilderness were said to taste like honey. Yeshua/ Jesus spoke about how He was that bread of LIFE that rained down from heaven. Isaiah said this, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will be eating curds and HONEY when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right” (Isaiah 7:14-15 NIV).
“Now his father went down to see the woman. And there Samson held a feast, as was customary for young men. When the people saw him, they chose thirty men to be his companions.
“Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes. If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes” (Judges 14:10-12 NIV).
The Feasts of The Lord give all the secrets to His riddles and revelation for He is really the only one who holds the answers.
The number 30 is a unique number. Yeshua was sold for 30 silver coins. The 12th Hebrew letter LAMED is equivalent to 30 in numerical terms. It is known as the majestic letter, symbolic of the King of Kings, towering higher than all the others in the Hebrew alphabet.
I believe these garments represent the garments of salvation–the priestly linen robes. The Levites over the priesthood had to be 30 years old. The High Priest had two sets of holy garments: the “Golden Garments,” and a set of white “Linen Garments.”
I will rejoice greatly in the LORD; My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10).
TELL US YOUR RIDDLE THEY SAID.
All name definitions found at https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Archaeology/timna.html