Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Judges 16-18; Luke 7:1-30
OK folks, I was so tired when I was typing this last night I fell asleep in the process. That is something I never do. It resulted in a post that had stuff in it that made exactly zero sense. I have gone back and done some very needed editing. Have a blessed day.
15 Delilah said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t trust me? Three times now you’ve made a fool out of me and not told me what gives you such great strength!”16 She nagged him with her words day after day and begged him until he became worn out to the point of death.
17 So he told her his whole secret. He said to her, “No razor has ever touched my head, because I’ve been a Nazirite for God from the time I was born. If my head is shaved, my strength will leave me, and I’ll become weak. I’ll be like every other person.”
18 When Delilah realized that he had told her his whole secret, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come one more time, for he has told me his whole secret.” The rulers of the Philistines came up to her and brought the silver with them.
19 She got him to fall asleep with his head on her lap. Then she called a man and had him shave off the seven braids of Samson’s hair. He began to weaken, and his strength left him.20 She called out, “Samson, the Philistines are on you!” (Judges 16:15-20, Common English Bible)
How gullible could Samson possibly be? He kept trusting (but not completely)Delilah. She would ask him the secret to his strength. He fed her lies, for the most part, and every time he lied he caused her embarrassment (or so she said) when she went to tell the Philistines the secret so they could safely invade Israel. Did he never stop to ask her, “Why are you telling the Philistines in the first place?”
Delilah would ask Samson his secret and he would make up something new to tell her. The words were barely out of his mouth and she would run to the Philistines and share the false “secret” with them. They would hatch a plan to weaken Samson and it would fail miserably, much to Delilah “embarrassment.” She would then complain to Samson about not trusting her with the secret and he would tell her something made up again.
After this happening several times Delilah had enough. She confronts Samson in a way only a significant other could possibly do. “How can you say you love me when you don’t trust me?”
Perhaps it was a weak moment or perhaps it was more than that. Samson finally gives in and shares his secret. She then got him drunk, invited the Pharisees in who gave him a serious haircut and Samson was no longer the same man.
It seems to me that Samson wanted a relationship with the girl who first asked the question regarding the secret to his strength. She continued to ask and he continued to answer with lies until the time came when he could lie no longer, or so he thought, if he wanted to keep the girl.
Today we don’t think much about things like haircuts. It is just something we need from time to time. And while a haircut might not kill us, it might cause embarrassment if the barber is a goofball and not interested in what looks good. But, in the end, it is only hair and it will grow back, probably. For Samson, it was more than just hair. For him, it was being obedient to the vow he made before God as a Nazarite.
Samson’s strength, more than his physical strength, his inner strength, came as a gift from God because of his commitment. When Samson shared the secret he placed something above the vow he made to God. When any of us place something else ahead of our relationship with God, it will only serve to weaken us because we are no longer the person God calls us to be.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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