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Study Resources :: Text Commentaries :: F.E. Marsh :: Readings 301-350 (Peace - Service)

F.E. Marsh :: 337. Samson, a Type of Christ

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  1. An angel foretold his birth. “Angel….said….lo, thou shall conceive, and bear a son” (Judges 13:3-5). So it was in the case of Christ. “Angel said…thou shall conceive…and bring forth a Son” (Luke 1:30-31).
  2. He was separated unto God. “No razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb” (Judges 13:5). Even so it was with Christ. “He shall be called a Nazarene” (Matt. 2:23).
  3. He acted in the power of the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit of the Lord began to move him” (Judges 13:25). “The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him” (Judges 14:6; 15:14). The same was true of Christ. “Holy Ghost descended upon Him”; “Jesus, being full of the Holy Ghost….led by the Spirit”; “returned in the power of the Spirit”; “the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me” (Luke 3:22; 4:1, 14, 18).
  4. He was mighty to overcome his enemies. “He found a new jaw-bone of an ass, and put forth his hand and took it and slew a thousand men therewith” (Judges 15:15). As Samson used a dead jaw-bone as the instrument to overcome his enemies, even so Christ, by His own death, has destroyed him that had the power of death, that is the devil (Heb. 2:14).
  5. He was treated unkindly by his own people. “Her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her (his wife), therefore I gave her to thy companion” (Judges 15:2). As Samson’s wife was given to another by her father-thus they rejected him-so the Jews, by their sin and unbelief, rejected Christ and gave themselves into the power of Satan, for Christ came to His own, but they received Him not (John 1:11).
  6. He was misused and mocked. “She began to afflict him….put out his eyes….bound him with fetters of brass, and he did grind in the prison house….he made them sport” (Judges 16:19, 21, 25). As Samson was ill-used, even so was Christ. He was “despised and rejected of men, a Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3).
  7. He destroyed more enemies by his death than he ever did in his life. “So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life” (Judges 16:30). Even so with Christ. By His death He has been the death of death; He has robbed death of its sting, the grave of its terrors, sin of its power, and Satan of his authority.
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