1. How did Samson’s Nazirite caling differ from that of the ordinary Nazirite vow? See Num. 6:1-5, 13-18.
2. Observe Manosh’s concern (verses 8, 12) for guidance on the subject of the upbring of the promised child. What lessons can presents learn from this? Cf. Prov. 22:6; 2 Tim. 1:5; Heb. 12:5-11.
3. What evidence of faith do you find in Manoah and his wife? And how did the wife’s faith show itself to be greater than that of her husband?
Judges 14 & 15
1. Note the contradictory elements in Samson’s character. He was a judge in Israel, yet his life-story centres on his dubious relationship with Philistine women. His unshorn locks denoted a Nazirite consecrated to God, yet his chief aim was to please himself. How many more such contrasts can you discover? How important is it that we should be consistent in our Christian profession? Cf. 2 Cor. 6:14; 1 Thess. 5:22.
2. What does the incident of 15:18, 19 teach regarding God’s ability to supply every need of his servants? Cf. 1 Kgs. 17:4, 9; Phil. 4:19.
Note. The apathetic acceptance of the Philistine yoke by the men of Judah was the most dangerous feature of their period. Samson’s one-man activity was used of God to bring the danger of complete Philistine domination out into the open.