A wonderful Savior

Judges 13:3-5 “And the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, ‘Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son . . . the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”

In the verses above we have the prophecy of Samson’s birth.  In these verses we hear the angel of the Lord telling Samson’s mother that she would bear a son who would “begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”  It’s a prophesy of a coming savior, but a savior in a limited sense.  Notice that it says that this son would “begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”  You see, Samson’s deliverance was incomplete.  Like the salvation provided by the other judges that God had raised up to deliver Israel from her many enemies, it was a physical salvation only.  And while the coming salvation from the Philistines was a wonderful thing, just as previous deliverances God had provided from the Egyptians, Moabites, Ammonites, and others were wonderful things, there were always other enemies that would arise – and Israel still has many enemies to this very day.  In all the acts of salvation provided by these men of God, it was always incomplete – it was never a “once for all” thing. 

You see, every deliverer that God had sent Israel throughout its history had his or her weaknesses, whether it was Moses, Joshua, its judges, or its kings.  All were fallible, all were sinful, all were temporary, for they were mortal men.  However, there was coming a Savior Who would be wonderfully different than this. There was coming One who even in His weakness was more powerful than any man.  There was coming a Savior that, though He would die, He would wonderfully live again.  Here was one Who wouldn’t just begin the salvation of one nation, Israel; rather, here was One who would finish the salvation for all people from every nation who would ever put their trust in Him.  And His salvation would not be a temporary thing, for “He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9).” 

This wonderful Savior was not limited in His power to deliverance from a physical enemy such as the army of the Philistines. No, of this Savior the Bible tells us, “He must reign until he has put all his (and our) enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:25-26). As the well- known Fanny Crosby hymn says so well, “A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me.”


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