The story of Samson has many lessons for men of today who fall in love without taking caution.
Today, the story of Samson and Delilah in the bible is so popular that even non-Christians have heard about it. It’s a story with a great moral lesson for our today’s married couples or anyone dating or anyone who falls in love. It’s an educative story for kids as well.
The story of Samson and Delilah movie for instance has been around for several years and most of us watched it when we were kids. Yes, it teaches children about the dangers of disobedience and ‘too much trust’ in human beings.
Bear in mind that Samson and other Bible characters such as King Saul, Jonah, Moses, and others did not show obedience to God. And because of that God punished them appropriately. They paid for their disobedience. We must, therefore, be very careful not to be “sons of disobedience.”
The description of the tragedy of Samson was pathetic as his lover, Delilah betrayed him. This is a good short story for kids; especially those from Christian families.
Most of us have only heard of and known Samson as the strongest man ever to live on our planet. To me, the story of Samson is one of the greatest stories ever told. His lifestyle was so real and intriguing as the Bible authenticates it in Judges chapter 14 to chapter 16.
It all began when the Children of Israel did evil against God which provoked him to give them to the Philistines to torture them for forty good years.
God then made his Angel appear unto Manoah’s wife to deliver a message that though she is barren she will conceive and give birth to a baby boy(Samson).
Manoah was Samson’s father, he prayed to God to send the angel down again to clarify things about the unborn child. Hold and behold God listened to his prayers, the angel came again in the form of a man who didn’t become recognized enough to Manoah.
The Angel gave them rules that would govern the child when he is born. He said the incoming son should stay away from wine and strong drinks, and anything unclean, and never to cut his hair.
The Birth And Rise Of Samson
Manoah’s wife gave birth to a baby boy and named him Samson. The name Samson means ‘sun’. He was born at Zorah which was opposite a town called Bethshemesh, which means ‘House of the sun’.
The Spirit of the Lord was on him, and when he grew up, he found a beautiful woman who was a Philistine so he asked his father to help him marry him.
Here is the beginning of the downfall of Samson, “a woman“, a very poisonous one. But Samson’s father objected to his proposal because the woman he was talking about wasn’t an Israelite, but from the enemies (Philistines).
Samson insisted, so his father and mother went along with him to see the special woman he has talked about. When they reached the vine-gardens of Timnah a lion rushed unto him but the Spirit of the Lord filled him, giving him enough strength which enabled him to tear the lion’s jaws into two.
This young man’s strength and ability to tear apart the lion is a possible inspiration for many movies to show the energetic their heroes have. The major characters are seen to be invincible.
An example is Wayne Johnson’s movie entitled “Hercules“. He did the same thing by killing a lion. Any warrior who can kill a lion becomes a royal hero.
Anyway, the best method is to kill that beast with bare hands and that is what exactly Samson did. At that very moment, his parent wasn’t even aware that he had killed a lion and he also didn’t tell them.
Now after seeing the woman of his heart, he took her home. Made, love, had fun together. Samson’s first love didn’t last long as her father thought he didn’t love her very much so he gave her to someone else(Samson’s friend) to marry her, recommending Samson to marry the sister of his wife who was much prettier and fairer than her.
Judges 15:2 states, He spoke to Samson;
‘I really thought that you hated her. So I gave her to your best man (the friend that helped Samson at the wedding). Her younger sister is more attractive. Marry her instead.’
It came to pass when the enemies of Samson ambushed him, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him and he was able to kill a thousand men with a jaw-bone of an ass. Where he killed these people became known as ‘Ramath – Lehi‘.
Samson Finds His Second Wife, Delilah.
Samson went to a place called Gaza, and here he found his second love called Delilah. She was incited by the chiefs of Philistine to seduce Samson by all means necessary to know about the secret behind his strength.
Delilah accepted to play that role so she began making investigations by asking Samson about the secret of his strength. He lied to her several times but Delilah insisted with many tricks and finally, she succeeded.
Women are very powerful in terms of deceit. If anyone tells you to fear women then that person knows exactly what he is saying.
Delilah became the greatest cause of man’s downfall aside from Eve. In the name of love, he brought down the strongest man ever to live.
“And she said to him, why do you say you are my lover when your heart is not mine. Three times you have made sport of me and have not made clear to me the secret of your strength”(Judges 16:15).
Here is what is known as the power of a woman, Samson was blind-folded by love and became vulnerable so destruction for the first time in his life.
Delilah using her seductive strategy got exactly what she has been longing for. He revealed his secret by saying that if anyone cuts his hair he will be like any ordinary man.
She then sent a message to the Philistines; “….come up, for this time he has left all his heart to me….” (Judges 16:8).
The Tragedy In the Story Of Samson/His Downfall
The saddest part of the story of Samson begins here when he fell asleep by Delilah and the Philistines came to cut his hair. That very moment the Spirit of the Lord left him and so he became like a normal human being.
Delilah was paid by the Chiefs of Philistine for handling Samson to them. They chained him, plugged out his eyes, sent to Gaza for his death.
The Philistines then gave praise to their gods that they have handed over their greatest enemy to them. Samson was imprisoned, tortured, ridiculed whiles he was in chains. He found himself at the lowest point of his life.
With pains and anger, he cursed the name “Delilah” and up to date, I haven’t heard any woman called Delilah and I don’t ever think any parent would name their daughter Delilah, for that name became an abomination when Delilah betrayed his love. Apparently, names influence us so try to find out the meaning of your name if you don’t know.
Samson prayed and asked God for one last strength; when he got a grab of the two main pillars supporting the ceremonial ground of his execution, thanks to the almighty God. He listened to him.
There was a great slaughter of the Philistines by the power of God. There was no way anyone can survive; even Delilah. She must be the first person to die evenly. It was God’s perfect plan to destroy the Philistines.
How a loving father he has been to his children. God is ever ready to listen to us when we call upon him. His faithfulness never ceases.
Samson pulled down the entire building by making payments of the treatment they had given him and the Bible records that he killed more people than he had killed in his entire life.
Moral Lesson From The Story of Samson And Delilah
Moral: The story of Samson tells us about how dangerous and unfaithful women could be. This has made the name “Delilah” an abomination and no woman would like that name but some of them are modern-day “Delilahs.” It is advisable for every woman who is like this to change.
Anytime people mention the name “Delilah” the connotation and whatever follows is evil.
Anytime a musician mentions the name “Delilah” in his songs then it’s about an evil love experience with a woman. Samson said that name will be a curse on the lips of men and it is true, judging from what we see now.
Fact To Remember
Samson was disobedient to God. This made him face such a tragic death. He obeyed only one rule from God(Not cutting his hair until finally, Delilah deceived him) and ignored the rest.
Despite his disobedience throughout his years, God worked with him and made him face the punishment later. God planned to redeem the Israelites from their oppressors through Samson.
His will perfectly got fulfilled at the price of Samson’s life because he disobeyed God.
How The Spirit Of God Empowered Samson To Do Marvelous Things With His Strength
Despite Samson’s Disobedience, God Worked With Him Until His Hair Got Shaved By His Enemies.
♦. The Lord’s Spirit came upon Samson in power. He tore the lion into pieces as if it were a young goat. (Judges 14:6).
♦. He found a jawbone from a mule that had just died. He killed 1000 men with it.
‘With a mule’s jawbone, I have made them seem stupid like mules. With a mule’s jawbone, I have killed 1000 men.’(Judges 15:16).
♦. v 17; When he had said this, he threw the jawbone away. He called the place ‘Ramath Lehi’, which means Jawbone Hill. This, therefore, tells us about the origin of ‘Jawbone Hill’.
♦. v18 He needed water to drink. And he cried out to the Lord. ‘You have given a very great*victory to your servant. Surely you do not intend to let me die because there is not enough water! Then these dirty Philistines will catch me.’
♦. In verse 19, God opened up a hole in the ground in Lehi. And water came out of it. When Samson drank, he became strong again. So he called the spring of water En Hakkore (which means ‘Caller’s Spring’). Which is still in existence in our days.
Judges 15:3; Samson said, ‘Now I have a complete right to punish the Philistines. I will really hurt them.’
♦. v4 – 5; He caught 300 foxes and he tied their tails together two by two. He fixed a torch to every pair and he lit the torches. Then he freed them in the Philistines’ fields where their corn was. He burned up the corn that they had harvested. And he burned up the corn in the fields. He did it because they gave his wife to his friend.’
♦. The Philistines had said, ‘Our god(Dagon), has delivered our enemy into our hands.’ They failed to know it was Samson’s God who had done it. That is why the whole building they were doing the celebration fell.
Commentary And Recommendations From The Author
After reading the whole book of Samson and watching its movies I noticed something. One controversial scene in the movie doesn’t depict the exact description in the Bible. In fact that current movie about Samson also has the same inconsistencies.
In almost all the movies I’ve watched; Samson is seen having a good fight with the lion before it tore it apart.
From the Bible, Samson did not struggle with the lion before… He just tore it apart so easily:
“The LORD’s spirit empowered him and he tore the lion in two with his bare hands as easily as one would tear a young goat. But he did not tell his father or mother what he had done” ( Judges 14:5).
This story has a lot of lessons to teach both the young and the old. God is faithful, loving, caring, and all-powerful. People should learn how to obey Him and He will bless, protect, and heal us. Your comments and feedback are welcomed.