I had thought that I could strip Samson of his faith by eliminating the outward symbol of it, but I was wrong. Samson’s faith went deeper than his scalp; deeper even than his emotions. He did not merely believe in Adonai, he knew his God and trusted completely in his purposes. The Egyptians and Philistines worshipped fickle gods who changed with every season, but Samson’s Adonai was unshakeable. As were the deliverers He called to save His people.
Were Samson and Delilah heroes or villains? Depending on some scholars and movies they are. Angela Hunt has taken a well-known bible story and has painted a different picture while remaining true to the scriptures and to the culture. The bible does not say to much about Delilah’s background. What her childhood was like, her dreams, her pain and fears. Or why Samson pursued a the Philistine wife instead of a daughter of Israel. Hunt has taken these questions to heart and has revealed our hearts in the process.
Hunt also revealed Samson as a foreshadow of Christ. How Samson like Christ strength came from God. How Samson fought the oppression and was set apart and ultimately was a scape goat.
The most intriguing character was Rei. He was spoken as the “suffering servant” and if you know your bible from Isaiah 55, brought redemption to Samson. The Hebrew word Rei means reflection. In the discussion questions at the end of the book, you are asked what is the significance of that meaning. To me this verse may shed some light to the meaning “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known”1 Corinthians 13:12.
Delilah and Samson is a story of redemption and the hand of God throughout. I was totally captivated.
A Special Thank You to Bethany House and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.