Saturday, April 9, 2016

Reflection - Samson and Delilah - Never too late to humble yourself and return to God

By Mary Fairchild, Updated March 16, 2016


Samson and Delilah
PHOTO: Samson and Delilah
It is sadly ironic that, though identified as one of his nation’s foremost judges, Samson never made any attempt to drive Israel’s enemies out of the land. In fact, he was happy to interact with the Philistines, even to the point of marrying one of them. Though he was only interested in serving himself, the Lord would superintend Samson’s selfish choices to secure Israel’s deliverance and ensure Philistia’s demise (Judges 14:4).
Quote from John MacArthur’s book, Twelve Unlikely Heroes, https://gabbybo.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/of-lust-and-women/
Painting by José Echenagusía - Samson and Delilah (1887)
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When Samson fell for Delilah, a woman from the Valley of Sorek, it marked the beginning of his downfall and eventual demise. It didn't take long for the rich and powerful Philistine rulers to learn of the affair and immediately pay a visit to Delilah. You see, Samson was judge over Israel at the time and had been taking out great vengeance on the Philistines—but that's another story.



Samson and Delilah at the pool
PHOTO: Samson and Delilah at the pool
When Samson fell for Delilah, a woman from the Valley of Sorek, it marked the beginning of his downfall and eventual demise.
Picture from Paramount, 1949. Movie directed by Cecil B. DeMille
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Hoping to capture him, the Philistine leaders each offered Delilah a sum of money to collaborate with them in a scheme to uncover the secret of Samson's great strength.



Delilah (Hedy Lamarr)
PHOTO: Delilah (Hedy Lamarr)
Hoping to capture him, the Philistine leaders each offered Delilah a sum of money to collaborate with them in a scheme to uncover the secret of Samson's great strength.
Picture from Paramount, 1949. Movie directed by Cecil B. DeMille
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Using her powers of seduction and deception, Delilah persistently wore down Samson with her repeated requests, until he finally divulged the crucial information. Having taken the Nazirite vow at birth, Samson had been set apart to God. As part of that vow, his hair was never to be cut.


The unrestrained pursuit of pleasure
PHOTO: Using her powers of seduction and deception, Delilah persistently wore down Samson with her repeated requests, until he finally divulged the crucial information.
The unrestrained pursuit of pleasure. Samson went after a prostitute in Gaza (Judges 16:1). He went after another Philistine, Delilah (Judges 16:4), a woman in the Valley of Sorek.
It wasn’t a one-time event. He had a habitual sin when it comes to lust.
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Delilah used her powers of seduction and deception on Samson.
PHOTO: Delilah used her powers of seduction and deception on Samson. She managed to wore down Samson with her repeated requests, until he finally divulged the crucial information.
Having taken the Nazirite vow at birth, Samson had been set apart to God. As part of that vow, his hair was never to be cut.
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When Samson told Delilah that his strength would leave him if a razor were to be used on his head, she cunningly crafted her plan with the Philistine rulers.



Samson and Delilah (1949)
PHOTO: Samson and Delilah (1949)
When Delilah found out that Samson's strength would leave him if a razor were to be used on his head, she cunningly crafted her plan with the Philistine rulers.
Delilah (Hedy Lamarr) cutting Samson's hair
Picture from Paramount, 1949. Movie directed by Cecil B. DeMille

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While Samson slept on her lap, Delilah called in a co-conspirator to shave off the seven braids of his hair.

Subdued and weak, Samson was captured.



Samson and Delilah
PHOTO: Samson and Delilah
While Samson slept on her lap, Delilah called in a co-conspirator to shave off the seven braids of his hair.
Subdued and weak, Samson was captured.
Delilah cutting Samson's hair
Painting by Charles Houry, 1823 – 1898,
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Samson captured after his hair was cut
PHOTO: Samson captured after his hair was cut
Painting by John Francis Rigaud - Samson Breaking his Bonds, 1874, Delilah, Philistines
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Rather than killing him, the Philistines preferred to humiliate him by gouging out his eyes and subjecting him to hard labor in a Gaza prison. As he slaved at grinding grain, his hair began to grow, but the careless Philistines paid no attention. And in spite of his horrible failures and sins of great consequence, Samson's heart now turned to the Lord. He was humbled. He prayed to God—a first—and God answered.



Samson captured
PHOTO: As Samson slaved at grinding grain, his hair began to grow, but the careless Philistines paid no attention.
Painting by William Brassey Hole - Samson grinding in prison at Gaza
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During a pagan sacrificial ritual, the Philistines had gathered in Gaza to celebrate. As was their custom, they paraded their prized enemy prisoner into the temple to entertain the jeering crowds. Samson braced himself between the two central support pillars of the temple and pushed with all his might. Down came the temple, killing Samson and all of the people in it.



During the pagan sacrificial ritual, the Philistines paraded their prized enemy prisoner into the temple to entertain the jeering crowds.
PHOTO: During the pagan sacrificial ritual, the Philistines paraded their prized enemy prisoner into the temple to entertain the jeering crowds.
Samson braced himself between the two central support pillars of the temple and pushed with all his might. Down came the temple, killing Samson and all of the people in it.
And in spite of his horrible failures and sins of great consequence, Samson's heart now turned to the Lord. He was humbled. He prayed to God—a first—and God answered.
Painting by J James Tissot. Samson - Samson puts down the pillars
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Through his death, Samson destroyed more of his enemies in this one sacrificial act, than he had previously killed in all the battles of his life.



Through his death, Samson destroyed more of his enemies in this one sacrificial act, than he had previously killed in all the battles of his life.
PHOTO: Through his death, Samson destroyed more of his enemies in this one sacrificial act, than he had previously killed in all the battles of his life.
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Points of Interest from the Story of Samson and Delilah
Samson's calling from birth was to begin the deliverance of Israel from Philistine oppression (see Judges 13:5).

Reading the account of Samson's life and then his downfall with Delilah, you might tend to think Samson wasted his life. He was a failure. Yet even still, he accomplished his God-assigned mission.



Reading the account of Samson's life and then his downfall with Delilah, you might tend to think Samson wasted his life.
PHOTO: Reading the account of Samson's life and then his downfall with Delilah, you might tend to think Samson wasted his life. He was a failure. Yet even still, he accomplished his God-assigned mission.
Painting by Peter Paul Rubens ( June 28, 1577 - May 30, 1640), the  Belgium Flemish Baroque painter - Samson and Delilah (1609–1610)
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In fact, the New Testament doesn't list Samson's failures, nor his incredible acts of strength. Hebrews 11 names him in the "Hall of Faith" among those who "through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised ... whose weakness was turned to strength." This proves that God can use people of faith, no matter how imperfectly they live their lives.



The unrestrained pursuit of pleasure. Samson went after a prostitute in Gaza (Judges 16:1).
PHOTO: The unrestrained pursuit of pleasure. Samson went after a prostitute in Gaza (Judges 16:1).
The New Testament doesn't list Samson's failures, nor his incredible acts of strength.
Hebrews 11 names him in the "Hall of Faith" among those who "through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised ... whose weakness was turned to strength." This proves that God can use people of faith, no matter how imperfectly they live their lives.
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We might look at Samson and his infatuation with Delilah, and consider him gullible—stupid even. His lust for Delilah blinded him to her lies and her true nature. He wanted so badly to believe she loved him, that he repeatedly fell for her deceptive ways. After the third attempt at luring out his secret, why didn't Samson catch on? By the fourth enticement, he crumbled. He gave in.



We might look at Samson and his infatuation with Delilah, and consider him gullible—stupid even.
PHOTO: We might look at Samson and his infatuation with Delilah, and consider him gullible—stupid even. His lust for Delilah blinded him to her lies and her true nature. He wanted so badly to believe she loved him, that he repeatedly fell for her deceptive ways. After the third attempt at luring out his secret, why didn't Samson catch on? By the fourth enticement, he crumbled. He gave in.
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Why didn't he learn? Why did he give into temptation and give up his treasured gift? Because Samson is just like you and me when we give ourselves over to sin. In this state, we can easily be deceived because the truth becomes impossible to see.

Question for Reflection
Spiritually speaking, Samson lost sight of his calling from God and gave up his greatest gift, his amazing physical strength, to please the woman who had captured his affections. In the end it cost him his physical sight, his freedom, his dignity, and eventually his life. No doubt, as he sat in prison, blind and zapped of strength, Samson felt like a failure.



Spiritually speaking, Samson lost sight of his calling from God and gave up his greatest gift, his amazing physical strength, to please the woman who had captured his affections.
PHOTO: Spiritually speaking, Samson lost sight of his calling from God and gave up his greatest gift, his amazing physical strength, to please the woman who had captured his affections.  In the end it cost him his physical sight, his freedom, his dignity, and eventually his life. No doubt, as he sat in prison, blind and zapped of strength, Samson felt like a failure.
Painting by Paul Joseph Jamin (9 February 1853 – 10 July 1903) - 'A Rape in the Stone Age' (1888)
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Do you feel like a complete failure? Do you think it's too late to turn to God?
At the end of his life, blind and humbled, Samson finally realized his utter dependence upon God. Amazing grace. He once was blind, but now could see. No matter how far you've fallen away from God, no matter how big you've failed, it's never too late to humble yourself and return to God. Ultimately, through his sacrificial death, Samson turned his miserable mistakes into victory. Let Samson's example persuade you—it's never too late.



No doubt, as Samson sat in prison, blind and zapped of strength, Samson felt like a failure.
PHOTO: No doubt, as Samson sat in prison, blind and zapped of strength, Samson felt like a failure.
Samson finally realized his utter dependence upon God. Amazing grace. He once was blind, but now could see. No matter how far you've fallen away from God, no matter how big you've failed, it's never too late to humble yourself and return to God. Ultimately, through his sacrificial death, Samson turned his miserable mistakes into victory.
Painting by Paul Joseph Jamin (9 February 1853 – 10 July 1903) - 'A Rape in the Stone Age' (1888)
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Then we can look at ourselves. We are just so like Samson. We know who we are in Christ. We know that God has chosen us to be salt and light in this world, yet there are times when we also have trouble with lust and women. For others, the trouble is with power, or money, or fame, but we are just like Samson. We really would go for our favorite sin, time and time again. [1]



Samson and Delilah
PHOTO: Samson and Delilah
If Samson were Superman, his own sinful desires were his kryptonite. He could kill a lion, but not his lust. He could break new ropes, but not his old habits. He could defeat armies of the Philistines, but not his own flesh. He could carry away the gates of a city but allowed himself to be carried away when lost in passion.
Painting by José Echenagusía - Samson and Delilah (1887)
Quote from John MacArthur’s book, Twelve Unlikely Heroes
, https://gabbybo.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/of-lust-and-women/
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We are just so like Samson.
PHOTO: We are just so like Samson. We know who we are in Christ. We know that God has chosen us to be salt and light in this world, yet there are times when we also have trouble with lust and women. For others, the trouble is with power, or money, or fame, but we are just like Samson. We really would go for our favorite sin, time and time again. [1]
Painting by Paul Joseph Jamin (9 February 1853 – 10 July 1903) - Brennus and His Share of the Spoils, 1893
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Dear Lord, We pray for your help to flee away successfully from the sin of lust and women. Let Samson's story be a warning and lesson to us. Amen!
PHOTO: "Dear Lord, We pray for your help to flee away successfully from the sin of lust and women. Let Samson's story be a warning and lesson to us. Amen!"
Painting by Michael Aviano - Samson And Delilah 2008, oil on linen - "She seduced him with ease her Samson, now upon his knees"
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By Mary Fairchild, Updated March 16, 2016



Reference
[1] Of lust and women…, Posted on 5 June 2015 in devotionals, https://gabbybo.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/of-lust-and-women/

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