DELILAH .. Her name means, (Delicate and Languishing.)
SAMSON .. His choices of a wife seemed to be only for his pleasure as a man. He loved appearance over personality!
They soon were sleeping together before the marriage vows were performed.
He knew he was disobedient to the Law of God that said, “Do Not intermarry into foreign Nations don’t even mix together with them.” (Also Adultery was forbidden.)
See Joshua 23:12-13.
SAMSON fell hopelessly in love with Delilah, and committed himself physically to her.
This became a regular occurrence, so the Lord’s of the Philistines came to her,
(A Lord was a very powerful man who owned a city in Philistia.)
They said, “Find out from him where does he get his great strength, then we will bind him and subdue him. We will reward you by giving you eleven hundred pieces of silver,each!”
There was no persuasion, Delilah immediately consented, there was no love in her heart for this hulk of a man.
Late one evening as they were cuddling, she
sweetly smiled, and looking into his eyes then dliberately fluttering her long eyelashehes, and rubbing her hands over his large bulging muscles, she said ..
“Oh, dearest SAMMY, please tell me,where does your great strength lie?”
Samson smiled in a manly fashion and without hesitation answered,” Bind me with seven fresh bow strings that are new and never dry, then l will be weak as any other man!”
He then fell asleep in utter comfort.
She immediately called the Philistines to do just that!
Once he was secured, Delilah cried out. “The Philistines are upon you Samson!!” He
suddenly awoke .. snapped the bow strings as a thread would snap in a fire .. He then slapped the soldiers to the floor and ran out! So his secret was still unknown!
Samson had lied to her. She had decieved him!
Not giving up, Delilah asks,” What is it that binds you Samson? That’s it, ropes!” these new ropes! he replied with a half smile.
That night she betrayed him again, but to no avail, he had lied once more. Now it was becoming a competition, and no more a relationship.
SAMSON should have left her by now .. yet he felt safe with his ‘secret.’
The next night, Delilah began to use her emotions to persuade him. She fell sobbing onto his strong thighs and wepted piteously on his lap saying, “You have mocked me and told me lies.”
Now she was emotionally blackmailing him,
“PLEASE TELL ME!!”
She groaned, more tears flooded her eyes.
Samson replied, “If you weave seven locks of my hair and weave them into the web (material) of the loom and then tighten it with the pin, then l will become weak as any other man.” (Oh dear Samson, now you are getting too close to the truth, and revealing it to this wicked woman, wake up man!!)
Again, for the third time she did as he suggested. He awoke and and pulled away from the PIN .. the LOOM .. the BEAM .. and the WEB.. Then he ran outside a free man.
The Philistines were becoming frustrated! and began show anger toward her.” She vowed,
“I will make him tell me” Her greedy eyes were fixed upon the money and emphatically said, “Nothing, or no-one, will stop finding out”
The next evening he was back. (silly love sick man!)
He was already taken captive by her wiles,
long before he was taken captive physically.
Night after night she nagged him. Her voice no longer sweeter than honey, was thin and whiny.
“Oh Sammy, I “really” thought you loved me, when your heart is ‘not’ in it?”
“I still do not know the answer to my question,
“WHERE DOES YOUR STRENGTH LIE?”
She screamed at the top of her voice.. everyone could hear.
“WHY DONT YOU JUST, TELL ME THE WHOLE ‘TRUTH’!
SAMSON’S soul was VEXED TO DEATH!!
THEN, HE TOLD HER ‘ALL’ OF HIS MIND!
The battle was …
There are many Scriptures that teach a man how to find a good wife .. or there also many examples of men, so a woman can choose wisely.. Boaz for example.
“A prudent wife is from the Lord.” Prov 19:4.
It is better to live in the attic (a small area)
than in a wide house (open plan) with an angry woman (or man).
Men, don’t choose a woman for her appearance only .. women can turn pretty UGLY!
LUST CAN’T WAIT … LOVE CAN!
Prov 31 has some wonderful qualities to help you find a GODLY WOMAN.
And ladies, there are many examples of godly men in the Bible
This means you! Dear Christian. Depart from them or get married in God’s sight. Don’t rationalise your sinful behaviour.
Then God will pour out His blessings on you. See what God can do..just for you!
(Boaz is a wise choice read the book of Ruth.
God must be utmost in any relationship for it to hold together and blossom!
Then when it was night, Delilah caused Samson to lounge across her knees. He fell into deep sleep.
Delilah called the Philistines inside and the Lords came with money in hand and waited behind the door.
SAMSON had told her everything from his birth and about his Nazarite vow, including the reason for his long hair.
God’s Strength was connected to his very long hair, if it was cut he would be as other men.
Then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. This wicked woman then suddenly woke him, taunting him and afflicting him. Then the Philistines came rushing in and grabbed him!
He thought in his mind,
“I will escape as l have at other times.”But he was so-oo weak that he couldn’t mo-ove!
The Soldiers, grabbed his head, wrenched it back and gouged out both of his eyes, then took him to Gaza and bound him with bronze fetters and made him turn the milestone in the prison .. like an ox!
“THERE IS A WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF MAN. BUT THE END,
THEREFORE IS THE WAY OF DEATH !!”
Dear reader, If you are caught up in adultery..
REPENT..TURN TO THE LORD AND CONFESS YOUR SIN. HE OFFERS FULL PARDON AND A CHANGED LIFE.
That is why Jesus DIED for you so you can be cleansed from ‘all’ your sin .. Please just ask Him.
He loves you.
He is waiting for you to pray to Him.
Trust Him now!!