Saturday, April 05, 2008

Samson and Delilah

April 5: Judges 16-18

18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up again, for he has told me all his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands. 19 She made him sleep on her knees. And she called a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. 20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” 21 And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles. And he ground at the mill in the prison. 22 But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to rejoice, and they said, “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand.” 24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god. For they said, “Our god has given our enemy into our hand, the ravager of our country, who has killed many of us.” 25 And when their hearts were merry, they said, “Call Samson, that he may entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he entertained them. They made him stand between the pillars.

28 Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. 30 And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life.
Judges 16:18-25 & 28-30

Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah is familiar story to most people, but I have always had some questions about the ease at which Delilah tricked Samson. Three times Delilah pleaded with Samson to know the secret behind his great strength, and three times the Philistines rushed upon him after she had done what he said. Why then, would he have been foolish enough to tell her the truth about his strength?

Did Samson really believe that his strength would leave him if his hair was cut? Was his power really due to the length of his hair? Samson had been judging Israel for 20 years; in that time there was not one person who could defeat him. No matter how many Philistines fought against them, he defeated every single one. In that amount of time he had become quite confident of his own strength, believing that he would possess that strength all of his life. When the Philistines rushed upon him, the Bible tells us, And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.

Did he learn his lesson? Read Judges 16:28, Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.”

What kind of abilities and talents has God given to you? Do you remember to praise God for those abilities and talents, knowing that there is no strength in and of yourself to do the things you do each day?

How quick we often are to be puffed up with foolish pride, looking down upon those with "lesser" abilities, intelligence, and talents.

Think of Samson and Delilah and pray that God would grant you true humility as you go about the duties of this day.

Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
1 Peter 5:5

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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