Samson’s Riddle: The Lion of Judah (Part One)

A Messianic Parable of the Lion of Judah & the Bride
(Note: This article was divided into three because of its length. Please read all three.)
(Last Update 1/22/17)
BY LEVI
LION OF JUDAH, OUR SWEET SACRIFICE
LION OF JUDAH, SWEET SACRIFICE, PDI

In this article, we will correlate foreshadowing passages in the story of Samson with New Covenant Scriptures pertaining to Christ, to paint another panoramic picture of God’s plan of redemption for humanity through Messiah. In the past, several insightful theologians have provided adumbrations that reveal ancient Israel’s Judge Samson as a type of Christ, but in this article we will exceed sketchy allusions and perceive the full similitude as orchestrated by our God YHVH.

In doing so, we will explore a riddle that confesses the mystery of redemption through the cross- a riddle that rewards those who solve it within seven appointed days (moedim) in preparation for His marriage. We will also consider a bride or fiancé who largely lacked devotion to her husband as a type of the worldly Bride of Christ. Then we will consider Samson as a deliverer who punished Philistines (Palestinians) in the likeness of Messiah coming to deliver Israel from His many Muslim enemies. Finally, if God so wills, we will explore some of the customs and traditions of ancient Jewish weddings that we find relevant to the Apocalypse week, in search of greater messianic meaning.

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel. (Ezek. 17:1) KJV

PROMISED DELIVERER FOR ISRAEL
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From the beginning of the record on Samson, those who know the Scriptures should easily perceive clear parallels to the life and ministry of Christ: 1) A generation suffering foreign oppression was appointed to await their deliverer; 2) deliverance and salvation would come out of Judah/Judea; 3) the deliverer would be divinely-appointed from birth; 4) the deliverer would be a judge for Israel; 5) the deliverer’s father’s name indicates rest/relief (indicating a Shabbat); 6) The Angel (or an angel) of YHVH delivered the message of his birth and deliverance; 7) the deliverer would be an observant Jew and keep himself legally pure; 8) the deliverer would be dedicated to doing God’s will for Israel from birth to death, as a Nazarite/Nazarene, meaning, separated one; 9) he would begin delivering Israel from the hands of their oppressors; and 10) he would sacrifice himself to save Israel and destroy their cruel enemies. All these things, and much more, correlate with the ministry, prophecies, and Gospel of Mashiach Yeshua.
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And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hands of the Philistines forty years [i.e., a biblical generation]. And there was a certain man of Zorah [lowlands of Judah], of the family of the Danites [of judgment], whose name was Manoah [rest/relief]; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and barest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing [legally-forbidden foods]: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. (Judg. 13:1-5) KJV; intrpl. mine 
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Hence, even Jews who currently do not believe that Yeshua is their Moshiach should be able to discern that the life of Samson was orchestrated by God to foreshadow the deliverance that Israel will receive when the Messiah comes on the Day of the LORD (cf. Ezek. 34:22-25; Joel 2:32). For those who already believe in Christ, we can find parallels to Samson’s separation unto God and deliverance in Matt. 2:23 and Rom. 11:26. Christ is our Head (mind) of a Body of Believers, and He loses none that grow from Him (i.e., the symbolism of hair), for God has numbered those who abide in Him (Luke 21:18). Samson’s father’s name means rest or relief, but what we await is a greater rest and refreshing during the Great Sabbath of the Messiah. Moreover, the angels of God hailed the birth of Christ as Judge of Israel (see John 5:22), and the true Sabbath will not come until Messiah returns to judge His people and deliver them from their oppressive enemies and all who seek to submit them.
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And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus [Yeshua]. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God [YHVH] shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:30-33) KJV; intrpl. mine
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After Manoah’s wife received the revelation, she ran and told her husband that “A man of Elohim [God] came to me, and his appearance was like the countenance of the messenger of Elohim, very frightening,” and she exclaimed, “I asked him not from whence he came, neither did he tell me his name.” She went on to explain that the angel told her that she was to conceive and have a son, only she was not to drink of wine or anything stronger, nor eat anything unlawful. The reason the messenger gave was that the child would be a Nazarite unto God from the womb, even until the day of his death (see Judg. 13:6-7). Thus, the messenger who prepared the way of Israel’s deliverer revealed a very peculiar thing: that those who are separated unto God need not be appointed by their own oaths or even by religious leaders, but God can choose His deliverers before they are even born. And this explains that the earthly laws are but shadows of the greater will of God, fulfilled in the substance of Heaven. Christ would not come as the Deliverer based upon His own will and/or priestly appointment, but He was appointed as the Savior of Israel before Mariam conceived (cf. Isa. 9:1-7; 59:20-21; Joel 2:32; Micah. 5:2; Rom. 11:26-27).
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When Manoah heard the news from his wife, he entreated Lord YHVH as if he needed more answers, saying, “Oh my Elohim, let the man of God whom You sent come again to us, and teach us what we shall do concerning the child who will be born” (Judg. 13:8). This lack of faith in his wife’s revelation- of a Divinely appointed birth (and challenges to God’s will)- was echoed in the responses of Zechariah and Yoseph (fathers of John and Jesus). I think this pattern should encourage women messengers and prophetesses of the Lord in our own time- that God can reveal things through whomever He wills. Nevertheless, God heard Manoah and assured him that his wife’s words were indeed correct (13:13-14).
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Then something peculiar took place. After Manoah pled with the messenger to accept his sacrifice, as he readied a goat (13:15), the angel could not accept it unless it was dedicated unto YHVH. This suggests that the angel was the Angel of God. And like Christ, he also had a secret name:
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And Manoah said unto the angel [messenger] of the LORD, What is thy name, that when the sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing that it is secret [wonderful]? So Manoah took a kid [goat] with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on. For it came to pass, when the flame went up towards heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground. (Judg. 13:17-20) KJV; intrpl. mine
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For those of us who look to the shadows to determine the forms of substance in Christ, questions are begged for clarity of its fulfillment: Was the “man of God” who announced the coming of Israel’s deliverer a type of another who would prepare the way for the Messiah (see 1 Kin. 17:18, 24; Isa. 40:1-6)? One who ascended into the heavens in a chariot of fire? Or were the signs pointing only to Christ? After all, Christ will have a name that He alone knows (see Rev. 19:12), and one of His names is “Wonderful” (see Isa. 9:6). Does the altar with fire from God remind us of the Altar of God that a prophet repaired to turn back hearts (see 1 Kin. 18:30, 38)? Or does it remind us of the burning bush (tree) and Christ serving as our fiery sacrifice and sin/goat offering (cf. Zech. 3:1-2; Rom. 5:11; Heb. 9:12).
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Finally, is it possible that the Divine method of dual prophetic fulfillment was witnessed to in the shadows of old? With it, the secret name and rock altar also remind us of the Angel of God wrestling with Jacob and not revealing His name (see Gen. 32:29), whereat Israel built a rock altar and had a vision of the angels of God ascending and descending on a ladder to heaven (cf. Gen. 28:12; John 1:51). It seems then that there are several correlations to be made in their visit from the messenger, concerning things that were Divinely determined to come to pass involving the Messiah.
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SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, PDI Subject to Removal
SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, PDI

And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson [sun-like or sunlight]: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. And the Spirit of the LORD began to move upon him at times in the camp of Dan [assembly of judgment] between Zorah [lowlands of Judah] and Eshtaol [a way or pathway]. (Judg. 13:24-25) KJV (NB: The panoramic interpolations in this passage indicate that the Spirit of God moved upon the Messiah to judge between the meek people of Judah and the chosen way or pathway of God. Christianity was originally called “The Way.”)

Samson grew to become a powerful Nazarite warrior who judged and led the Israelites for twenty years. During the time before kings, when judges governed the land of the Hebrews, Samson’s name brought fear and trembling upon their Philistine enemies. Indeed, like Christ, he was a legend in his own time because of his great power and might, both among the children of Israel and surrounding Gentiles. His physical strength has never been surpassed, and to this day Bible-believers from all over the world retell his inspiring story to fascinate their children.
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Yet all of Samson’s glory serves as a mere shadow of the greatest story ever told, of the conquests of Christ over the powers of darkness. The Spirit of God moved at times upon Samson so that he subdued his corporeal enemies, but the Spirit of God descended and abode on Christ (see John 1:32), whereby He addressed underlying spiritual causes to defeat God’s demonic enemies. So while Samson served as a mere type of Christ, his fame came only through killing enemies and physical might, whereas Christ brought new life, healing, and victory through grace and compassion.
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If we were to stop here in our messianic exegesis of the life and times of Judge Samson, we would probably be pardoned by most people for mistaking him for the awaited Messiah. He was prophesied to be Israel’s deliverer before birth; he was separated unto God for his work; he was filled with the Holy Spirit in the place of judgment in Judea; when a generation of God’s wrath towards Israel had passed, he arose to save them, just as Christ came to save; and his name means sun-like which points us to the Sun of Righteousness (see Mal. 4). Yet, it would be literarily unjust for us to stop now, seeing that God did so much work to orchestrate Samson’s entire life (all of that which is written in Scriptures) to foreshadow Christ. Thus, we shall proceed to examine Samson’s betrothal to a Gentile woman, and his fight against Gentile persecutors of his questionable bride, and do so in correlation to Christ engaging a diverse citizenry for spiritual Jerusalem, of elect covenant-keepers from all peoples.
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GET ME A BRIDE WHO’S GOOD IN MY EYES
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And Samson [Sun-like] went down [descended] to Timnath [God’s portion, Israel], and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines [sojourners or temporary dwellers]. And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife. Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people [Israelites], that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time Philistines had dominion over Israel. (Judg. 14:1-4) KJV; intrpl. mine
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To set the prophetic stage and make it plain, Samson is the Sun of Righteousness in this parable; Timnath is God’s portion and place of Messiah’s inheritance in the world (see Deut. 32:9)- in Israel; the Philistine woman is the sojourning Bride of Christ who awaits citizenry in the commonwealth of Israel and unification with Messiah. She is a mixed company of engaged believers throughout the world (cf. Gen. 23:4; Lev. 25:23, 35, 40, 47; 2 Sam. 4:3; 1 Chron. 29:15; Ezek. 14:7, 47:23; Ps. 39:12; Heb. 11:9; 1 Pet. 1:17); Samson’s mother is the established Israelite people who do God’s will and keep the law (cf. Isa. 60:3-4; Luke 8:21); and Samson’s father symbolizes God the Father working through the forefathers of the ancient faith (e.g., prophets and priests).
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For a preliminary conclusion, what we see foreshadowed in the story of Samson’s engagement is the Messiah choosing to bring Gentiles into the family of God and the inheritance of the coming Kingdom at Israel. The Father joined ancient Israel to Him as a wife, according to Scriptures, but the scattered offspring of the fathers (many of whom have lost their identity in the world) and believing Gentiles will join believing Jews and be like a bride to the Messiah in our generation. However, when this deliverance was first proposed during the ministry of Christ- Him bringing uncircumcised (not having the covenant) Gentiles into the family- it was strongly resisted by many Christian Jews. How could the uncircumcised enter into the holy covenants of God? Samson saying, literally, that the Philistine woman was “right in my eyes” means that through Christ other believers are seen as righteous, good, and acceptable unto the Lord YHVH.
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Nevertheless, God has also used this engagement and covenant to bring judgment to the nations, even as He utilized the marriage of Samson to deliver His people from the Palestinians of old. What many Christians- and I call myself Christian- do not perceive is that covenants cut both ways. God’s covenants are not licenses for sin and lasciviousness but hold both parties accountable to each other. Moreover, judgment comes upon the world because the nations of the world have broken the everlasting covenant that was extended through the Suffering Servant Messiah (see. Isa. 24:1-6). Hence, judgment begins in the House of God, and Christians, as evident via sufferings, are no more exempt than Jews.
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If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not have sin: but now have they both seen and hated me and my Father. – Yeshua HaMashiach (John 15:22-24) KJV
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And concerning the world:
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Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!- Jesus Christ (Matt. 18:7) KJV
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Moreover, judgment is coming to the whole family of the engaged Bride of the Messiah- even the whole world from which she came- but the sojourners who solve His riddle and trust in His covenant will be saved out of the tribulations at the end of the Apocalypse week. For six years there will be war and persecution, with the fifth determined for martyrs, but the elect will be sealed on the sixth year and saved from the great vengeance of God on the seventh year (see correlating articles on Revelation).
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KILL THE LION OF JUDAH
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As Samson’s family prepared to accept the Philistine bride, engaging her on his behalf, something strange happened in the village of Timnath- the border town of Judah and Philistia. A lion roared against young Samson. To identity the personage of the Judean lion, we need only turn to Prophet Hosea, where God said, “I will be as a lion to Ephraim [Israel], and as a young lion to the house of Judah [Judea]. I will tear and go away, and no one will rescue. I will go and return to My place until they acknowledge their offence” (Hos. 5:14-15). Then the Lord said that after He is torn and returns to Heaven, the people at the end of the age would seek to know His identity- to seek His face (see Acts 3:19-21). And on the third millennial day (after 2,000 years from the cross), they will be raised to live in His sight. So we see that the Lion of Judah would become a sacrifice for the people, but only at the end of the millennial workweek would they discern the appointed times (moedim) of His arrivals.
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Samson Slays Lion of Judah, PDI
Samson Slays Lion of Judah, PDI

Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him [tore the Judean lion] as he would have rent [torn] a kid [a goat/sin offering], and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done [hid the “Lion of Judah” sacrifice]. And he went and talked to the woman; and she pleased Samson well. (Judg. 14:5-7) KJV; intrpl. mine

The vineyard of Timnath symbolizes the Word sewn among the nation of Israel- God’s portion- and the fructifying people of His Spirit. The vine is the spread of God’s Word through the people of Judah (see Isa. 5:1-7), and Christ is the fullness of the Word among Jews (John 1:14; 15:1). From within the vineyard of the Word came the Lion of Judah who was sacrificed as a sin offering (i.e., a goat), stricken and smitten for our atonement (Isa. 53; Heb. 9:12). No man could take the Lion’s life, but He laid it down as the Spirit moved Him (see John 10:18).
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Thus, Samson and the lion of Judah express the dual nature of Christ (Conquering King Messiah and Suffering Servant Messiah). In Christ’s sacrifice we find that the compassion of the Son of Man came before the power to destroy His enemies as the Lion. Like Samson’s journey to see the woman who pleased him, Christ’s objective was to come to the vineyard of God and find a people to be united with in His new covenant. Samson foreshadowed Christ, so before he could engage his bride, he first had to provide an atoning sacrifice. And this, when fulfilled through the Suffering Servant Messiah, was a victory over the enemy (1 Pet. 5:8). Thus, in Revelation the Lion of Judah is announced, but He is seen as a Lamb of sacrifice. In Hosea, it appears as if the young Lion of Judah tears the people, but it is actually their offence against YHVH. The LORD was torn and returned to His place and remains until the morning of the third day.
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The likeness of God can also be seen in three within Samson’s story: The Father, the Son/Lion, and the Spirit. The Father was setting-up the marriage covenant, and the Spirit came upon Sun-like to provide atonement.
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For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (1 John 5:7) KJV
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As for Samson having nothing in his hands when he slew the Judean lion, it may point to the fact that Christ forsook all worldly possessions when He laid down His life; indeed, His hands were nailed open on the cross for all who would repent and receive Him. With open arms, a Divine means was granted for all Gentile believers, sojourners in the world, so that they might be grafted into the family of God (see Rom. 11). 
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The Covenant Maker
The Covenant Maker, PDI

After Samson killed the lion, he went and spoke with his fiancé, and this parallels resurrected Christ revealing Himself to many people after His sacrifice.

Although it is not written in the Scriptures, Samson likely brought his bride-to-be a gift according to ancient Jewish customs and traditions. If this was the case, it would correlate with the gifts of Ruach haKodesh that were given during Shavuot (Pentecost) (see Acts 2:3-6). Just as Samson went to speak to her, the Holy Spirit came upon people of many nations who were gathering in Jerusalem, which was immediately after the apostles spoke in various tongues/ languages with the Divine communication lines opened to all peoples. And this was to bring them into covenant with the Jerusalem Groom.

After speaking with her for a time, Samson returned to his place, and perhaps this prefigured Messiah’s ascension to His Father and Mother (Jerusalem above).

And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase [carcass] of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion. So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do [was customary] (Judg. 14:8-10) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Honey Bees And Hexagons, PDI
Honey Bees And Hexagons, PDI

At the appointed time, Messiah will come for His awaiting Bride (His people untied in covenant). When He comes, He will take all who have made His sacrifice a sweet food to Himself, as a holy people, even as Samson took from the fruit of the worker bees to himself, from within the sacrificial body. All who have part in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice become one with the Body of Christ. Thus, it is said that we are crucified with Christ, meaning that we deny ourselves evils in the flesh to reproduce sweet salvation and make a home in the sacrificial body. When Judge Samson returned to take the bride to himself, he took the honey to himself, which means there is a sacrificial requirement that must be observed before the marriage in the coming Kingdom.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. (John 14:3-4) KJV
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For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto  the west; so shall the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles [or vultures] be gathered together. (Matt. 24:27-28) NKJV
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The first time that Samson went down to Timnath to his Israelite family (who helped him engage the bride), he killed the Judean lion and did not tell his family of the sacrifice. For most observing Jews, Yeshua was but another infamous victim of Roman oppression and competing religious fervor, hung on the cross as a common criminal. They did not perceive the fulfillment of the lambs of Pesach. It was not openly declared by the Lion of Judah, but He spoke to them in parables and dark sayings of old. They were left wondering which of His words were literal and which were spiritual/symbolic in teaching. Yet He did go on to talk with his fiancé, and to them “He opened-up the Scriptures.” Samson keeping the sacrifice of the lion a secret from his mother and father explains that the mystery of redemption was largely kept secret to the Jewish nation. Indeed, the Lord blinded them to how it points us to the Deliverer (see Rom. 11:9-36).
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Yet, the fact that Samson did not show the Judean lion to his family also points to a new family of believers taking of Christ’s salvation on faith alone. In a sense, we all await the unveiling of Christ and our ultimate salvation as our sins are covered in the sight of the Father:
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In this you greatly rejoice [salvation to be revealed at the last time], though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation [unveiling] of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith- salvation of your souls. Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ [the cross] and the glories [coming Kingship] that would follow.- Kefa (1 Pet. 1:6-11) NKJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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The second time that Samson went to take his bride to himself, he refrained from informing his mother and father about the lion, but he went on eating the honey that he had gathered out of its body. It is doubtful that Samson’s father and mother asked him nothing about the honey that he presented unto them, but its is clear that he did not tell them. This seems to point to many ancient fathers of the faith and Israel not knowing exactly who the Messiah would be, and how the Lion of Judah would suffer as a Lamb yet be their Deliverer (see Isa. 53). Because of the dual nature and uncertainty, Jews largely rejected the honey or sweetness of the Lion’s sacrifice.
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Yet, if the story of Samson was indeed orchestrated by God to witness to the true Judge of Israel, we can take away from the passage that at the second coming the fathers of the faith and Israel will partake of it. This is fitting with Hosea 6. The patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish faith helped prepare others to enter the covenant by sharing the Old Covenant Scriptures, but even they will enter the New Covenant that is appointed for all of Israel (see. Jer. 31:31-37). At that time, they will take in the product of Christ’s sacrifice, although- like the honey- they will not be sure from whence His saved ones come:
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“Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee [Israel] shall run to thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One [Messiah] of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” (Isa. 55:4-6) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Who is the nation that the ancient Israelites did not know, yet they helped call to the glorious land?
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But ye [Christians] are a chosen generation [40 Jubilee Years, 2,000], a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now a people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (1 Pet. 2:9-10) KJV; intrpl. mine
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A question remains in the similitude of Samson’s dead lion and honey formed in it: Why honey? To start, honey is a messianic sign of salvation and of those who enter into Salvation: Yeshua’s work. God gave Isaiah a sign of a young woman’s pregnancy that included honey, and it prefigured the birth of the Messiah as something extraordinary, as God Among Us:
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Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [Elohim Among Us]. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. (Isa. 7:14-15) KJV; intrpl. mine
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In the fuller passage, the Spirit spoke through Prophet Isaiah, declaring that the Lord would whistle for the flies of Egypt (their army) and bees of Assyria (their army), gathering them to destroy them upon the rocks of Israel (see Isa. 7:17-18). In the carcass of the Judea lion, there were many flies and bees gathered, but Samson gathered only the honey. Thus, if Samson returning to take his bride symbolizes the return of Christ to deliver His people and reunite with them, what are the flies except the children of the Beelzebub (i.e., Lord of the Flies)? And what are the bees except those who help produce the refined honey by taking the nectar of the Lord’s planting and irritating those gathered in Christ’s sacrifice?
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But now let us take this even deeper, for Israel will be surrounded by the armies of their foes. And Jews have been a fiery sacrifice before the nations, which is the meaning of the term Holocaust, as a type of corporate body and suffering messiah. Yet Jews have not always been suffering servants and a world sacrifice; for over a millennium they were a warring people who survived in one of the most hostile regions on Earth, and even after the ten northern tribes of Israel were taken captive and scattered by the Assyrians c. 722 B.C. Thus, God defended the southern nation of Judah from the Assyrian bees. Indeed, Jews remained a sovereign kingdom until approximately 586 B.C., and they had governing leaders until just after Christ was crucified and they were scattered in their long Diaspora. Moreover, God does not perceive Jews as merely His sheep brought to slaughter, but He also sees them as a people with the nature of a conquering lion:
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Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; and as a lion, who shall rouse him? The scepter [rod of governors and kings] shall not depart from Judah [Judea], nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh [Messiah] comes; and to Him shall be the obedience [the gathering] of the people. Binding his donkey to the vine, and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.”- Israel to his sons (Gen. 49:8-11) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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God makes unmistakable parallels between His corporate people suffering and conquering as a lion to the Lion of Judah. Even as the people will again be surrounded by their enemies, the Suffering Servant Messiah was surrounded when He became our sacrificial Lion/offering. But when He returns, He will come to destroy the persecutors of His people. He will become their salvation:
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All nations compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand [Messiah] of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD has chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: the gate of the LORD [Temple/Jerusalem], into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone [Christ] which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. (Ps. 118:10-22) KJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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In the symbolism of the honey in the dead body, we find that sweet salvation and purity come out of trials, tribulations, and sacrifice. The waters in the wilderness were bitter for the children of Israel, but afterwards they were made sweet and refreshed when the tree was cast in. They were able to survive the harsh journey, and this means that through the cross of Christ the waters of the Word become refreshing. The bitterness of judgment was turned into the sweetness of victory, even as Samson had victory in sacrificing the Judean lion. Thus, the Word of God is bitter-sweet, where the judgments are difficult to digest but the taste, when we eat of it, is likened to honey (cf. Ezek. 2:8-10; 3:1-3; Rev. 11:8-11). So the Word can taste bitter before refreshed by the tree, and hard to digest because of the harsh judgments, just as the Israelites were embittered because they had to eat the same manna for forty years; but when they first received it, some of them said that it tasted like wafers of honey (Ex. 16:31). God used the manna to test their hearts and faith in His Word, for only those who did not grow bitter in the wilderness with loss of faith went on to see the promises of the shadows fulfilled in the land flowing with milk and honey. Those who could only look back at the fruits that they ate during Egyptian bondage were not worthy of God’s sacrifices and entering into the covenantal family as a wife to God.
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“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”- Yeshua HaMashiach (John 6:51) NKJV
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NB: Please see my other two articles (Part 2 of Samson’s Riddle and Samson and Delilah).
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2 comments on “Samson’s Riddle: The Lion of Judah (Part One)

  1. Man!:that was tasteful and insightful what do you think the revelation of when the spirit of God came upon with the donkeys jawbone means

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    • Thank you. I apologize for not finishing the article. I will begin working on it when I’m back home this weekend, and finish it by next week. As for your question, a “donkey” here in the United States means leftists/socialists/Marxists of the Democrat Party, which also defends Islam and Islamic immigration. In KJV and old school terms: a stubborn jackass. That might not be tasteful in today’s terminology, but Christ will separate the goats on the left and sheep on the right when He returns, and I cannot help think that He alluded to leftists around the world who are fanatically opposed to the Judeo-Christian worldview. Leftists in America- the donkey party- staunchly defend Palestinian terrorist while they condemn Israel with conspiracy theories. Hence, let me get to the point and answer your question plainly: When Christ comes to deliver Israel from nations of the world (the Beast of the West and Islamic nations of the False Prophet Mohammad), he will use their own words against them and condemn them. He will destroy them with the words of His mouth. Thus, the dead donkey’s jawbone indicates that the spiritually dead who oppose Christ will fall into His hands- into His judgment on the nations- and He will use their own words to destroy them. Moreover, He is the Deliver of Zion, as Paul wrote about in Romans 11, and He will restore the Temple of God in Jerusalem, where the Muslim Dome of the Rock currently stands. And, as Scriptures indicate, there will no longer be Palestinian Muslims in the Holy Land on that day. All who do not conform to the image of Christ, casting off false religions and the way of the world, will have no part in His coming Kingdom.

      I hope this has been of some help. Comment as you please, and I will answer as I can.

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