Thoughts on Judges 16

We’re reading through Judges at Oak Tree Church, and I’m posting some observations from my daily readings here within a day or two after the reading. I’d love for you to join in the discussion.

Thoughts on Judges 16

Let’s finish the story of the Samson.

Samson spent half the night with the prostitute; then he got up in the middle of the night and left. He grabbed the doors of the city gate, as well as the two posts, and pulled them right off, bar and all. He put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of a hill east of Hebron. Judges 16:3 NET

We’re told more than once that his strength ultimately came from God, not his hair. Unfortunately, like many Christians today, Samson chose to use God’s gifts for his own purposes and pleasure instead of to further God’s work.

Delilah said to Samson, “Look, you deceived me and told me lies! Now tell me how you can be subdued.” Judges 16:10 NET

Is he just a stereotypical muscle-man? Doesn’t seem to be the sharpest tool in the box, does he? In truth, he thought that he was man enough to push his luck without going too far. Solomon said this is stupid – “Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire?” (Proverbs 6:27 NLT). In other words, if you play with fire, you’re gonna get burned!

She said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you will not share your secret with me? Three times you have deceived me and have not told me what makes you so strong.” Judges 16:15 NET

The immediate context of Samson’s stupidity aside, Delilah was right; love is more than just words. A real loving relationship (designed by God for marriage) can’t be built on lies and secrets, or it won’t last. It’s too bad for Samson that Delilah was in love with the money and just using Samson.

She said, “The Philistines are here, Samson!” He woke up and thought, “I will do as I did before and shake myself free.” But he did not realize that the LORD had left him. Judges 16:20 NET

How far removed from God did he already have to be that he didn’t notice “that the LORD had left him”?

Samson called to the LORD, “O Master, LORD, remember me! Strengthen me just one more time, O God, so I can get swift revenge against the Philistines for my two eyes!” Judges 16:28 NET

How sad is it that Samson led Israel for 20 years, and this is the only time recorded that he prayed, and it’s nothing more than a prayer for personal revenge?

What did you see in these verses? What was important to you in Judges 16 that I did not see?

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