Shared February 13th, 2015
We are looking at Samson as our model lesson on the topic of deception. In our last exhortation, we said that Samson’s first and fatal error was going after and hitching up with an unbeliever. So now, let us look at the other deception that consumed Samson.
Samson’s First and Fatal Error – Judges 16:4-6
4 After this he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Deli’lah.
5 And the lords of the Philistines came to her and said to her, “Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to subdue him; and we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.” 6 And Deli’lah said to Samson, “Please tell me wherein your great strength lies, and how you might be bound, that one could subdue you.”
Samson’s First Lie – Judges 16:7-9
7 And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings which have not been dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” 8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings which had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9 Now she had men lying in wait in an inner chamber. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he snapped the bowstrings, as a string of tow snaps when it touches the fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.
Samson’s Second Lie – Judges 16:10-12
10 And Deli’lah said to Samson, “Behold, you have mocked me, and told me lies; please tell me how you might be bound.” 11 And he said to her, “If they bind me with new ropes that have not been used, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” 12 So Deli’lah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And the men lying in wait were in an inner chamber. But he snapped the ropes off his arms like a thread.
Samson’s Third Lie – Judges 16:13-14
Third time’s the charm, right? Apparently Deli’lah most definitely thinks so. 13 And Deli’lah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me, and told me lies; tell me how you might be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web and make it tight with the pin, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” 14 So while he slept, Deli’lah took the seven locks of his head and wove them into the web. And she made them tight with the pin, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled away the pin, the loom, and the web.
Samson Finally Reveals the Truth, His Achilles’ Heel – Judges 16:15-17
15 And she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me wherein your great strength lies.” 16 And when she pressed him hard with her words day after day, and urged him, his soul was vexed to death. 17 And he told her all his mind, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head; for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I be shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
Samson Ultimately Betrayed By Delilah – Judges 16:18-21
18 When Deli’lah saw that he had told her all his mind, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up this once, for he has told me all his mind.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and brought the money in their hands. 19 She made him sleep upon 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. 20 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.” And he did not know that the LORD had left him. 21 And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with bronze fetters; and he ground at the mill in the prison.
Did you see the process? Look at the trend, the process again. Deli’lah was truly the poster child of femme fatales. Just look at the intrigue, seductiveness, and treachery toward her “lover,” the superman of that world. satan will give you exactly what you want but remember that in the end, he will betray you, then have you captured like an animal, then humiliated, then dragged away in shame. When sin finds us, it binds us, blinds us; then slowly and inexorably it grinds away at us(Judges 16:21).
But make no mistake at all. Despite all of Samson’s weaknesses, he did finally turn back to God before he died (Judges 16:28-30). Where do you stand now?
Proposed prayer: “Dear Father, please help me to listen to You and not to whispers that are bound to lead to my destruction. I know that the devil is seeking to play me or anyone who professes to be Your child. You have shown Samson’s error; help me to avoid that mistake and any similar tricks that satan has up his sleeve so I can serve You faithfully. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.