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There will be times in your life when you need to remain an enigma, doing so will ensure your safety on many levels and dimensions. I am reminded of a man name Samson, who was born around 1100 bce in Zorah. His mother, the wife of Manoah, was unable to conceive. One day an angel visited her, and told her that she and her husband would conceive a male child that would deliver their people from the Philistines.
The angel went on to give the wife of Manoah some stipulations to follow. She had to abstain from alcohol, unclean foods, and her promised child was not to cut or shave his hair. He was to be a Nazirite by birth. Manoah and his wife were excited that she would be given a child, and aimed to make sure the vow was kept.
As Samson grew, so did his strength. When he became a young man, he decided to take a trip to the city of Philistia. It was there he met, and fell in love with a Philistine woman from Timnah, and decided to marry her. His parents were not happy because she was not an Israelite, but this was ultimately apart of God’s plan and would be the key to Samson’s first strike against the Philistines.
The Phlistines often plotted on ways to overtake Samson, but never could, until……
Delilah was a woman from Sorek, and was bribe by the lords of the Philistines to find out the source of Samson’s strength. They offered her 1,100 silver coins if she discovered his secret. They believed she would prevail because it was clear to everyone that he loved her, even though she did not love him.
Three times she failed.
The first time Samson told Delilah that if he was bound up with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, he would become weak. Delilah waited until Samson was asleep, tied him up, then began yelling, “Samson the Philistines are upon you!” Samson woke up, and easily broke the bowstrings. Note: The fact that Samson did not tell her the truth proves he did not trust her intentions. The enigma of his great strength remained.
The second time around, Delilah was upset, and called Samson a liar, begging him to tell her the truth about his secret strength. Samson told her that if the Philistines bound him securely with a new rope, he would become weak. When Samson was sleeping, Delilah bound him then yelled, “Samson the Philistines are upon you!” When he awaken, he broke the ropes off of his arms like threads. Note: There are no good reason at this point for Samson to continue seeing Delilah, but this is the lure of what an ungodly relationship could produce. The enigma of his great strength remained.
The third time, Delilah was exasperated and begged Samson to reveal the source of his great strength. He told her that if she weaved the seven locks of his hair into the web of the loom, he would be weakened. When Samson fell asleep, she tightly wove his locks into the batten of the loom, then yelled, “Samson the Philistines are upon you!” He easily loosen his locks from the loom, and she cried, “How can you say you love me, when you have deceived me three times?” Note: Again, this is a prime example of how an ungodly connection can cause thinking to become warped. In relationships and/or friendships, the wrong connection will become your undoing. It will mislead you from the correct path. The enigma of his great strength remained.
Delilah began to pester Samson day and night about the source of his great strength. He became vexed, and finally revealed his heart to her saying, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head is shaven, I will become weak like any other man.”
When Delilah saw she had worn him down, she ran to the lords of the Philistines and said, “Come upon him once more, for he has told me all of his heart.”
Needless to say, they came upon him, and were able to overtake him at last. While he did get the victory at the end of the story, he suffered terribly and unnecessarily. In my next post I will expound more on The Spirit of Delilah and its’ characteristics because we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Be sure to tune in to the next post.
The school bell has rung, class dismissed!
More on the study of Samson and Delilah.