Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 33

This entry is part 33 of 39 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 33: We left off last week speaking of Samson’s story. “The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith” (Judges 15:14-15). With God at his side Samson accomplished great accomplishments.

Part 34 After fighting the Philistines, with the help of the Lord, Samson now faced a new challenge, “he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah” (Judges 16:4). The Philistines instructed her to entice Samson and find his weaknesses. She obeyed and inquired of him. His response was: “If they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man” (v. 7). She received these green withs and tied him with them and the Philistines ran upon him. He easily freed himself from this and Delilah felt mocked because of it.

She again inquired of him the same information and this time his response was: “If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man” (v. 11). Again, she tied him up, the Philistines entered to capture him, and he freed himself as if he tore off a thread. She again inquired and he said: “If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web” (v.13). She changed her game this time by waiting till he slept, tied him with his locks, and yelled “the Philistines are upon you”. He awoke from sleep and again freed himself.

Worse yet, Delilah again pressures him, and he fails. “And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth. And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man. And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him. But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house” (vs. 15-21).

I can not understand this story. My mind can not wrap around the fact that Samson knew the effects of sharing with Delilah. He saw the Philistines come in to capture him on multiple occasions, yet he still, in the end, gives her the truth about his weakness. Samson was captured, tortured, and was without God because he chose to confide in this woman; who constantly failed him as a spouse. Ask yourselves: Have I sinned? And repeated that same sin multiple times? Has the devil tempted me in many ways? Have I fallen for the same tricks he plays? Did I let God down? “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us (1 John 7:7-10). Amen. What did Samson know?

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