In verses 1-3, Samson decides he must have a Philistine woman he saw for his wife. This was expressly forbidden in Deuteronomy 7:1-3. In verses 8-9. he violates his Nazirite vow (Numbers 26) by touching the lion’s carcass. As for his wedding feast, the Hebrew word in verse 10 is “mishteh” which denotes a feast with much drinking. If Samson participated, such would be another violation of his vow.
Samson right away begins to show disregard not just for his Nazirite vow, but for the will of God in general. Unfortunately, it will not get any better, as we will see in the next two chapters. So why was he chosen even before birth in chapter 13? Why was the spirit of the Lord with him so much of the time, such as when he tore the lion to pieces with his strength (verses 5-6)? Verse 14 gives us the answer – God was going to use him against the Philistines in his own way. This time, the people were not crying out at their plight – at least not yet. They needed someone to stir things up – and to wake them up!
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