“They Broke the Jaws of Lions” – Hebrews 11: 33 Samson and Hercules, names that have become synonymous with physical power and prowess, each had to face hard choices because of the very aspect which set them apart from other men; their strength. With each of them, it is written that their first act was to slay a lion, showing that they are ready to undertake their missions. It was also the first decision which they had to make regarding their strength. Samson did not have to engage the lion in the vineyards of Timnah nor did Hercules have to fight the Cithaeron Lion, who was terrorizing the region. But, they chose to engage these beasts, not out of masculine bravado but out of a choice to use the gifts which were given to them. This type of choice followed them throughout their lives. They could have avoided conflict, lived in peace, and let other men handle the problems. They did not- they embraced the challenges set before them.