Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 35

This entry is part 34 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap of Part 34: Delilah has Samson captured and the Philistines put out his eyes because he trusted her. He messed up by giving his weakness to her. She worked her charm and over time succeeded in his deceit. She deceived her husband for money. “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.”

Part 35 After Samson’s great deceit, by Delilah, his hair begins to grow back. The Philistines are thrilled that they have captured him and have a great feast in celebration. They decide to make a sacrifice to their god Dagon. Samson had destroyed the Philistines on so many occasions and now they celebrated his demise. They called for Samson to be brought in to the party to make fun of him. They set him between two pillars. He asked the lad who led him to allow him to lean upon the pillars because he could not see.

“Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years” (Judges 16:27-31).

What can we learn from this character? How does Samson’s story teach us about faith? I am sure he took for granted his gifts from God. He had amazing strength and overcame the Philistines on multiple occasions with ease. His parents taught him the rule of the Nazarite and he kept it for the majority of his life. A Nazarite had to abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins; refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head; avoid corpses and graves, even those of family members, and any structure which contains such.

He failed when he told Delilah about cutting his hair. He lost his strength when his hair was removed. However, even when all was against him, he turned to the Lord for help. Does God help in the time of need? Do we turn to him with our daily drama? Or do we think we can handle things ourselves, and prefer it that way? Is this something we do? When we fail, do we turn to God?

“Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). Is this an example of a verse that only applies to the old testament Jew? Or should we apply this to our lives? For the Christian, those of the new testament, he says something very similar: “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” (1 John 1:7).

How do we walk in the light? How do we involve God in our lives? How do we protect ourselves from the faults Samson had in his life? We cannot turn to the right or left when it comes to God’s command. We fail daily, but repentance must also come when we realize our error. How often do you pray? How often do you study the bible? How much time is spent in your bible vs. your cell phone? We should gauge our relationship with Christ based on how much time we set aside for him. What did Samson know?

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