Subscribe now

The Lion’s Honey – lessons from the life of Samson

By John Benton
August 2017 | Review by Alan Wells
  • Publisher: EP Books
  • ISBN: 978-1-78397-181-7
  • Pages: 100
  • Price: 5.99
Buy this book »

Book Review

In this short book, John Benton walks us through the life of Samson. While the wider context and general teaching of Judges 13-16 is outlined, the focus is specifically on lessons in leadership.

Samson is an enigmatic character. His inclusion among the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 can seem surprising in view of the record we find in Judges. Benton writes sympathetically and does not minimise the way the Lord used Samson. He is less interested in reaching an overall verdict on Samson’s life than in learning from his failures.

The basic premise is that, even when he is fulfilling his God-given role as deliverer of Israel, Samson is an idolater, a resentful outsider seeking success and power over others instead of submitting to the Lord.

Benton analyses Samson’s background, birth and upbringing to support this position and seeks to draw a consistent portrait of his personality from the scriptural data. Some of his inferences verge on the speculative, but there is a discernible trail from the source material to his conclusions. The applications are certainly scripturally warranted, as Benton points us back to the gospel, grace of Christ, love of God and fellowship of the Spirit.

Benton’s account of Samson’s end — humbled, repentant and finally looking in faith to the Lord — draws the book to a close.

This book tackles the important issue of sin in Christian leaders directly, digging below the surface to uncover where the problems lie. It should encourage any Christian in a position of leadership to honest self-appraisal, hopefully before they head as far as Samson did down the wrong path. For this purpose, it should prove a valuable, if brief, resource.

Alan Wells

Bromsgrove

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Hope in Hard Times: Ninety biblical meditations to strengthen the heart
Mostyn Roberts

This book was written day by day through the first Covid lockdown. Each page is like a pastoral visit, with a biblical meditation to encourage the reader. There are some books you are glad to have for the sake of…

See all book reviews
The History and Theology of Calvinism
Curt Daniel

This must be the most comprehensive study of the subject available today. It is difficult to think of any aspect of Calvinism that is not covered. It is divided into two major sections. The first covers the history, and ranges…

Searching Our Hearts in Difficult Times
John Owen

It is difficult to do this book justice in a review – the only way to grasp how helpful it is will be to read it for yourself. John Owen has a reputation for writing in a style that is…

An Introduction to John Owen: A Christian vision for every stage of life
Crawford Gribben

This unusual yet valuable book is not a biography of the influential Puritan. Rather its purpose – which it achieves capably – is ‘to discover the kind of life he hoped his readers would experience’ (p.13). Drawing on Owen’s extensive…