Samson – The final chapter.

 

Judges 16:1-31

We continue the unique story of Samson today. This ‘annointed’ judge went to Gaza and went in unto an harlot. The Gazites heard this and waited at the gates to kill him in the morning. Samson however woke in the mid of the night and took the doors of the gate of the city and put them on his shoulder.

After this escape, he loved another woman in Sorek by the name, Delilah. It was through Delilah that the chiefs of the Philistines sought to unravel the mystery of the strength of Samson. When asked about the secret of his strength, Samson initially lied to Delilah three times, but he gradually was getting closer to revealing the secret. This he eventually did after she wearied him to death with her persuasion.

Samson revealed a secret which had abounded from before his birth when the angel appeared to his parents and told them he would be a Nazarite. So she called to have a man cut his hair, and his strength departed. The mighty became weak at the foot of this treacherous woman. He thought he would arise as usual against the Philistines but he knew not that the Lord, the real source of his strength has departed from him. Samson was thus captured by the Philistines, his eyes were plucked out, and he was put in prison.

Samson’s hair however began to grow again. When the Philistines had a feast for their god Dagon, celebrating the capture of the destroyer of their nation, they decided to bring him out to mock him. The buiding had many of the Lords of the Philistines in it, and more than three thousand people on top. Samson asked for strength from the Lord, and as he held the pillars of the building, pull them off, crashing down the building and killing everyone in it along with himself.

Thus Samson killed more at his death than during his life. The Lord helped him to achieve more at death than he tried to achieve by himself when he was alive.

Some verses to remember

Vs 20 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.

Vs 28- 30: 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.

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