“She made him sleep on her knees. And she called a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him. And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles. And he ground at the mill in the prison. But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.”- Judges 16:19-22.
You might think you know the story of Samson and Delilah. In case you don’t, here’s a quick synopsis. Samson was born a Nazirite to God. That means his life was pledged, even before birth, to God and his mission was to save the Israelites from the oppression of the Philistines (the oppression being the result of their disobedience). His parents were told that his hair was never to be cut during his life, or the Lord would leave him. The Lord gave him superhuman strength and endurance, but it seems that Samson was hiding underneath some woman’s bed when brainpower was handed out, because Samson had a problem: he seems to have been thinking with his naughty bits (thank you to Monty Python), not brains 🧠.
You see, Delilah had begged him three previous times to divulge to her the secret of his great strength, because the leadership of the philistines, her people, had bribed her with lots of silver, to find out that secret and then to rob him of his strength. Each time she cajoled, “Samson, if you really love me, tell me the source of your strength.” He didn’t tell her the source, but instead lied about how his strength could be stolen. Three times, while he was asleep, she did what she thought would weaken him. Three times she woke him up and said, “the philistines are upon you.” Each time, he arose with all his strength and presumably killed the Philistines who thought they had him. Finally, he could stand her begging and recriminations no longer, and told her the real secret….cutting his hair. The passage I cited at the beginning then ensued.
That’s where thinking with your naughty bits gets you guys! Why didn’t Samson leave her the first time she betrayed him? Or the second time? Or the third? Well, it was more than nether regions thinking. The Lord wanted to punish and overthrow the Philistines. Samson was his instrument. The way this whole sorry episode ended was the Philistines put on a big drunken celebration. “And when their hearts were merry, they said, Call Samson, that he may entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he entertained them. They made him stand between the pillars. And Samson said to the young man who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them.” Now the house was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there, and on the roof there were about 3,000 men and women, who looked on while Samson entertained. Then Samson called to the LORD and said, “O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.” And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life. Judges 16:25-30.
The last verse of the book of Judges is very instructive: In In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. – Judges 21:25. – Judges 21:25.