This post is Day 6 in a series of studies about “Samson”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Samson – Day 6

Judges 13:24-25

The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and The Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of The Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

The Thought

The angel who visited Samson’s parents announcing his birth, gave them no instructions about his name. So we can suppose that Manoah and his wife chose the name themselves. Samson means Sun. This child must have brought a lot of sunshine into the home of this couple, even before his birth. How excited they must have been as they waited for the promised child to be born.

We know nothing of his birth or childhood, except that as he grew The Lord blessed him! What do you think that means? Was he intelligent? Was he always happy? Did he learn well?

That leads us to the following expression: The Spirit of The Lord began to stir him! Because most of us know a bit more about Samson, we can suppose that means that his supernatural strength began to manifest, but maybe it was something deeper than that. Maybe it was a relational thing in that he began to hear from the Lord, and do what God told him to do.


Think today about the phrase The Lord blessed him. What does that mean for you? Think about children you consider blessed today. Are they good at school? Do they have their own personal relationship with God from an early age? Are they healthy, happy, rich, or all of those things?

There are several descriptions of blessed people in Matthew 5:3-10. Read those verses today and think about people you know who fit those categories. What does being blessed mean in each case? Keep those thoughts in your mind as we read on in Samson’s story through this month.

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