If I had to guess, the average person, including the average Christian, has never heard of the judges discussed thus far in the book of Judges. Chapter 13, however, brings us Samson, he of the flowing hair. Samson is a biblical character the average person has heard of. And, unlike, most of the other judges, Samson lasts longer than one chapter in the Bible. Let’s dig in!
“Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.” – Judges 13:1
Of course. We wouldn’t expect anything less of God at this point, would we?
“The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, ‘You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. 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 13:3-5
And thus is born Samson. It sets the story of Samson’s hair which must never be touched.
“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. But he said to me, ‘You will become pregnant and have a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.’’” – Judges 13:6-7
Um…sure. If this were to happen today, the wife would be calling the cops ASAP because it is simply crazy!!! Is the husband worried? Nope. He buys it. Sigh.
“The angel of the Lord answered, ‘Your wife must do all that I have told her. She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink any wine or other fermented drink nor eat anything unclean. She must do everything I have commanded her.’” – Judges 13:13
And she must take off her pants while I undo my zipper and whip it out in front of her. Seriously, why is no one calling the cops!!!???
“Then Manoah took a young goat, together with the grain offering, and sacrificed it on a rock to the Lord. And the Lord did an amazing thing while Manoah and his wife watched:” – Judges 13:19
WTF? It seriously sounds as if the Lord is about to rape the wife while both wife and husband sit by and allow it to happen! The Bible doesn’t say this, but what other conclusion is there???
“The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson.” – Judges 13:24
Wait, what? The Bible never says Manoah and his wife lay together. There is nothing discussed as to how the wife became pregnant. As far as I can tell she was raped by God!!! WTF?!?!?!
Well, that ends Judges 13. Samson is born and there’s a strong argument to be made that he is the child of rape at the hands of God. What message does this send? Allow yourself to be raped without fighting back if the rapist says he/she is God? Unbelievable.
Coming Soon: Judges – Chapter 14: Samson’s Marriage