Judges 16

The Lord had left him

Is it just me or does Samson seem to have the intelligence of a rock?

How many times must the numskull be assaulted, betrayed, and ambushed before a candle flames up in his little brain?

  • One day when Samson was in Timnah, he noticed a certain Philistine woman. – Judges 14:1
  • Later on, during the wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat as a present to his wife (the woman he’d abandoned). He intended to sleep with her, but her father wouldn’t let him in. – Judges 15:1
  • One day Samson went to the Philistine city of Gaza and spent the night with a prostitute. – Judges 16:1
  • Later Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the valley of Sorek. – Judges 16:4

Do you see a pattern in the verses above? Samson’s problem wasn’t the head on his shoulders. It appears that he did most of his thinking with the little head; the one a tad lower.

Eventually the little head shut down his brain to the point that he gave away the secret of his strength.

When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the LORD had left him. – Judges 16:20b

You’d think he’d notice that the presence of God was gone. The New Testament has a great verse describing Samson’s behavior.

Don’t give what is holy to unholy people. Don’t give pearls to swine! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. – Matthew 7:6

Samson had been set apart, he was consecrated to God from birth. Yet he chose to give himself to unholy people, he gave his family jewels to any Philistine woman who’d have him, and he paid the price – the Lord left him. Pain and humiliation resulted, and it eventually cost him his life.

Father, may I not give my pearls to swine. May I remember at all times that I am consecrated to you. I am bought with a price, the blood of your son Jesus. Please give me the strength to no only die well, but live well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Keep the Lord close. Jan

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