Bible Cartoon: Judges 13 - The birth of Samson - Scene 01 - Angelic message

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Bible Book: Judges
Bible Book Code: 0701300101
Scene no: 1 of 4

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Judges 13:1-5 (ANIV)
The birth of Samson
1 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.
2 A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was sterile and remained childless. 3 The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son. 4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean, 5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”


The Bible doesn’t specify the time of day. I’ve set this scene in the early afternoon.

The sun is high in the sky (unseen, on the left), casting shadows to the right of people and objects.

The un-named wife of Manoah. An angel

Zorah (aka Zoreah, Zareah) was the birth place of Samson (see map below). A town west of Jerusalem, its inhabitants were known as Zorathites or Zareathites.

This scene shows Manoah’s wife planting in a little field just outside their home (which we can see to the right). An angel of the Lord is standing before Manoah’s wife, who looks shocked… which is understandable!

The angel gave instructions regarding the child Manoah’s wife was soon to conceive. No doubt this would have been good news for her, since in the Hebrew mind, childlessness was a stain on the character of those men and women it affected.

In this scene I have shown the angel complete with my usual feather-like wings. In the next scene, when Manoah looks, he doesn’t see that it is an angel, so I have drawn the figure as a wingless being instead, to represent this.

Here is the scene without the figures in the foreground.
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Background of Judges 13 – The birth of Samson – Scene 01 – Angelic message

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Here is a map showing the boundaries of the lands of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Map of Canaan showing the 12 tribes boundary lines

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Map of Canaan showing the 12 tribes boundary lines

Background information on the tribe of Dan
“Samson was a Danite and in his day there were many Danites still living in the portion assigned to them by Joshua [1]. Zorah, Eshtaol, Timnah, Eltekeh, and Ekron were “Danite” cities (Josh 19:41-46; cf. 21:23), although the last was in the days of Samson one of the five cities of the lords of the Philistines (Judg 13:2, 25) and others were more or less under their control.”

“Dan was the last tribe in the book of Joshua to receive their allotment of land. Dan’s inheritance was located in the Shephelah, or low foothills between the coastal plain and the Judah mountains. The Philistines lived to the west on the coastal plain and were superior to the Israelites militarily because they had the technology of iron (1 Samuel 13:19-20). They constantly gave the Danites problems. To the east were the allotments for the tribes of Judah and Ephraim and their tribes kept the tribe of Dan from expanding towards their land. God had placed them between a rock and a hard place, with a formidable enemy close by. The story of the most famous Danite, Samson (Judges 13:24), echoes the problems that Dan had with the Philistines.

Dan never really liked where God had placed them. When the situation got particularly tough, they decided as a group to look for a better place to live (Judges 18:1-2). Dan sent out five spies who traveled about one hundred miles north to a city called Laish. This was a beautiful lush area, with lots of water and grass. The spies liked this area a lot better than where they were in the Shephelah. They came back to the Danites and told them how great it was and that it would be easy to defeat the people living in Laish. The tribe agreed and sent 600 armed soldiers to capture Laish and take their land. The story of their trip to the north is a bizarre one and is found in Judges 18.”

Joshua 19:40-48 (NIV)
Allotment for Dan
40 The seventh lot came out for the tribe of Dan according to its clans. 41 The territory of their inheritance included:
Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh, 42 Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah, 43 Elon, Timnah, Ekron, 44 Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, 45 Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon, 46 Me Jarkon and Rakkon, with the area facing Joppa.
47 (When the territory of the Danites was lost to them, they went up and attacked Leshem, took it, put it to the sword and occupied it. They settled in Leshem and named it Dan after their ancestor.)
48 These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Dan, according to its clans.