Never let your guard down like Samson
March 16 Bible Reading: Judges Chapters 13-15
The story of Israel is repeated again and again. Israel did evil: then God delivered them again into the hands of the Philistines. When Israel was in this distress, Samson was born to Manoah and his wife who had been childless. The Angel of the Lord declared that Samson would be special, and therefore had to follow some restrictions. "Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines" (Judges 13:4-5).
There were three restrictions that the Angel of the Lord had imposed on Samson and his mother (while she was carrying him in her womb):
- Should not drink wine or similar drink (that is intoxicating)
- Should not eat anything that is unclean
- Should not get a haircut with a razor