His Name is Wonderful

Hugo Bouter

"How is it that thou askest after My name, seeing it is wonderful... And He did wondrously, and Manoah and his wife looked on"

(Judges 13:17-20, J.N.D. Trans.)

Samson As A Type Of Christ

The birth of Samson was a miracle because his mother had been barren and had borne no children. But a Divine Messenger had come to tell her that she was to give birth to a son who would be a Nazarite to God, that is a person entirely dedicated to the service of the Lord (cf. Num. 6). Moreover, the Angel said that her son would begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines (v. 5). In all these respects, Samson, however weak in himself, is a type of our Lord who, (1) in a miraculous way, was born of the virgin Mary; (2) as a Nazarite, was dedicated to God all His lifetime here on earth; and (3) delivered His people from the powers that held them captive. This parallel is justified by other important events in the life of Samson (of course, the personal shortcomings of this judge should not be considered in this connection). His victory over a roaring lion speaks of Christ's victory over Satan (cf. 1 Pet. 5:8). Just as Samson gave his parents of the food that came "out of the eater"-something sweet that came "out of the strong"-so the Lord shares the glorious results of His work with us (ch. 14:14). The fact that Samson defeated more enemies in his death than in his life, is another reference to Christ's triumph on the cross of Calvary (ch. 16:30).

The wonderful birth of Samson also reminds us of the birth of Isaac, who was born of barren Sarah. The Lord Himself said of Isaac's birth: "Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?