Judges 13-15; Luke 24

Judges 13 http://www.usccb.org/bible/judges/13 is about the birth of Samson. It is one of the less heralded “birth” stories of Scripture, but nonetheless an interesting one, especially in that it is one of the more vivid angelic encounters.  The amusing denouement is after the angel leaves, Samson’s father Manoah is soiling himself in fear because having “seen God”, death was sure to follow, but his unnamed wife quite commonsensically points out that God wouldn’t have gone to all the trouble if His intent was killing them.

Samson himself is quite a character, one of the most colorful of Scripture.  Most of the judges merit a few sentences, but Samson gets four chapters, enough material to fuel Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 blockbuster Samson and Delilah, starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr.  Victor Mature – the Sylvester Stallone of his day – is indelibly etched in my brain as Samson.  When asked if he had seen the movie, Groucho Marx replied “I never go to a movie where the man’s t–s are bigger than the woman’s.”  Sorry, no deep spiritual insights this time because of my Victor Maturitis.

GOD’S ANSWER: Indeed, they don’t make them like that anymore.  But I will say Samson and Delilah is Citizen Kane compared to Noah.

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2 Comments on “Judges 13-15; Luke 24”

  1. Stan Sikorski Says:

    Thanks for getting back to your spiritual talent of “religious tract with humor”!


  2. The humorous side of things is getting harder to see. What is wrong with our country? Rhetorical question…


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