Guard Your Weakness: The Spirit of Delilah Part 1

The school bell has rung, class is now in session.

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……

ENTER DELILAH

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.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. marlagro says:

    Good morning Kamina!  I find this story so interesting too.  Reviewing, Samson lies to her, Delilah uses the false info to harm him, then she gets angry and blames him for not giving her the correct info to ultimately harm himself.  Yikes.  Then, I’d think that after this whole lying/mistrust game wasn’t going anywhere, they’d part ways, but instead he tells his obvious enemy (Delilah) the truth.  And another thing that gets me is how did he sleep through bowstring ties,  ropes, hair weaves?  I wake with the slightest interruption to my sleep!  Great post.

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    1. Good afternoon Marla! I am totally with you, but thinking back on times I trusted “obvious” enemies. 😳It is sad how this story unfolded, but a great lesson to us all. Hmm, how did he sleep through all of that? I’m assuming he had too much wine, but they is just a theory. Lol

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      1. marlagro says:

        All my boyfriends were obvious enemies. Heehee. Just kidding. How did you pick this story? I just watched David and Goliath last night. Another great story. Thank you God for all these good examples of imperfect people.

        Sleeping through…I clicked on your link for the rest of story and Samson’s head was on her lap. I love my head being scratched but still wouldn’t sleep through all that. 🤪

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      2. Haha that is why I think Samson must have been under the influence of something or another. He slept much too soundly! Haha, I am laughing at you saying your ex’s were your obvious enemies, same! The stories sometimes come from what I am studying in the Bible at the time or have gone through. I love David and Goliath, that has been in my thoughts lately as well. Hmmm 🤔

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  2. marlagro says:

    Haha! Are you studying it on your own vs formal study group? If so, how did you pick it?

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    1. It was on my own, I usually read different books, and chapters based on things I am going through, or impressions I get while in prayer.

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