Samson was born with the power of God upon him, and a great power he had indeed. Powerful enough to kill a lion with his bare hands. Powerful enough to kill 1000 Philistines with only the head of a donkey as a weapon!! Yes, Samson was a legendary badass!! But Samson had a weakness that he shared with men around the world – women!! He was constantly chasing women, and this weakness would separate him from the power of the Lord and lead to his ultimate downfall. Here in the story of Samson and Delilah, Samson finally loses it all due to his weakness. Notice how his enemies are fully aware of his weakness, and instead of fighting Samson head on, they let his own sinful nature do the work for them. They go to Delilah and offer her A LOT of money (her weakness I suppose) for the goods on how to take him down, and she goes full bore after the info, using all her feminine wiles to get it!! Notice how even though SHE is being devious and not being honest with him, she uses guilt and gets angry with him for not being honest with her!! She nags him day after day, until finally he can’t rake it anymore and tells her the truth of his connection with God and the source of his strength. So ultimately his enemies finally take him down and capture him. You know, not totally sure everything this is teaching us, but I know it is one more example in the bible of sexual sin, not honoring Gods plan for that gift he has given us, leading to the downfall of someone who had a great power of God in their lives. I don’t think there is any lack of people in the last 100 years for whom we could make a modern day comparison, do you??
PS – read the rest of the chapter and see this is not the end of the story…Samson’s captors get theirs too!!
“One day Samson went to the Philistine town of Gaza and spent the night with a prostitute. Word soon spread that Samson was there, so the men of Gaza gathered together and waited all night at the town gates. They kept quiet during the night, saying to themselves, “When the light of morning comes, we will kill him.” But Samson stayed in bed only until midnight. Then he got up, took hold of the doors of the town gate, including the two posts, and lifted them up, bar and all. He put them on his shoulders and carried them all the way to the top of the hill across from Hebron. Some time later Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the valley of Sorek. The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “Entice Samson to tell you what makes him so strong and how he can be overpowered and tied up securely. Then each of us will give you 1,100 pieces of silver.” So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me what makes you so strong and what it would take to tie you up securely.” Samson replied, “If I were tied up with seven new bowstrings that have not yet been dried, I would become as weak as anyone else.” So the Philistine rulers brought Delilah seven new bowstrings, and she tied Samson up with them. She had hidden some men in one of the inner rooms of her house, and she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” But Samson snapped the bowstrings as a piece of string snaps when it is burned by a fire. So the secret of his strength was not discovered. Afterward Delilah said to him, “You’ve been making fun of me and telling me lies! Now please tell me how you can be tied up securely.” Samson replied, “If I were tied up with brand-new ropes that had never been used, I would become as weak as anyone else.” So Delilah took new ropes and tied him up with them. The men were hiding in the inner room as before, and again Delilah cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” But again Samson snapped the ropes from his arms as if they were thread. Then Delilah said, “You’ve been making fun of me and telling me lies! Now tell me how you can be tied up securely.” Samson replied, “If you were to weave the seven braids of my hair into the fabric on your loom and tighten it with the loom shuttle, I would become as weak as anyone else.” So while he slept, Delilah wove the seven braids of his hair into the fabric. Then she tightened it with the loom shuttle. Again she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” But Samson woke up, pulled back the loom shuttle, and yanked his hair away from the loom and the fabric. Then Delilah pouted, “How can you tell me, ‘I love you,’ when you don’t share your secrets with me? You’ve made fun of me three times now, and you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong!” She tormented him with her nagging day after day until he was sick to death of it. Finally, Samson shared his secret with her. “My hair has never been cut,” he confessed, “for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.” Delilah realized he had finally told her the truth, so she sent for the Philistine rulers. “Come back one more time,” she said, “for he has finally told me his secret.” So the Philistine rulers returned with the money in their hands. Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way she began to bring him down, and his strength left him. Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the LORD had left him.”
Judges 16:1-20 NLT