Hey there Delilah
Daily Reading: (Judges 16:1-3):
“One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, “At dawn we’ll kill him.”
Samson was born to a man named Manoah (Judges 13). Manoah’s name means rest. Samson was born of rest (Manoah). God would lead His people into the Promised Land by crossing the Red Sea and the Jordan River to a place of rest. A place where they did not have to labor to enjoy the fruit of the Land (Deuteronomy 6). The Red Sea they crossed is a picture of water baptism, a picture of the cross, and it tells us that you cannot enter the promised land, without the cross and the finished work of Jesus.
Samson was born in the village of Zorah. His home is on a mountain where he looked down at the Valley of Sorek where Delilah was from. Sorek means choice vine- where we get grapes, and the best wine. Samson’s home overlooked the place known for the thing he was not permitted to do (Judges 13).
“The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him” (Judges 16:5). Before temptation can betray us to destruction, it must woo us with some promise of satisfaction (Judges 16:5).
Delilah wasn’t able to make progress through seduction to gain his secret, so she started questioning Samson’s integrity instead. 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 where your great strength lies” (Judges 16:15).
Delilah seduced Samson (Judges 16:5), then she shamed him (Judges 16:15), and eventually she exhausted him (Judges 16:16). “When she pressed him hard with her words day after day, and urged him, his soul was vexed to death” (Judges 16:16).Delilah’s name in Hebrew means “the exhausting one” (Judges 16:16).
What did Delilah do? She has robbed Samson of rest, by exhausting him. When Samson is out of rest, he will be in a place that will lead to the loss of his sight.
“So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man” (Judges 16:17).
How do you picture Samson (the man who killed 1,000 with a jawbone), in your mind to look like? I always pictured Samson as being the strongest man on the planet with big muscles. If that’s the case, why would they wonder about the secret of his strength? If Samson’s strength came from his physique then if you cut his hair, he still would have been stronger than most. Samson’s strength came from God, it was not of himself. In the story of Samson, we find God uses weak things so that He might be glorified.
We learn earlier in verse 13 that Samson has seven braids of hair on his head. Seven is a number of perfection and completion and also rest, because God made everything and on the seventh day God rested. We know his hair doesn’t represent his perfection, because he was imperfect with his interactions with Delilah. What the seven braids of hair represent instead is rest. He was born of rest. So, Delilah cutting his hair isn’t a separation of perfection, it is a separation unto rest. We had the clue from her name all along. She is the exhausting one. Samson stayed around the temptation so long it separated him from rest and it led him to reveal his secret.
What the Philistines did to Samson once they captured him is they gouge out both his eyes and now he is blind. When you lose your rest, you lose your perspective and your vision. Captured by his enemies, disoriented and blind is where Samson is at. But God is the God of a second chance. God is a God of hope. The Bible says: “But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved” (Judges 16:22).
“Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. So that day he killed at his death more than he had killed in his life” (Judges 16:28, 30b).
At the cross, Jesus Christ saved way more than all He did in His three and a half years of earthly ministry. At the cross Jesus has healed more people than He healed in his three and a half years of public ministry. At Jesus’ death and Resurrection, He accomplished much more victory for us.
Look beyond Samson to see the shadow of a cross made by his arms stretched out between the columns. Picture Jesus on that cross crying out to God, fulfilling His destiny, the weight of the sins of humanity on His shoulders. Instead of praying for the destruction of the people around Him that day, Jesus prayed that the Father would forgive them. It was through His death that we might receive the salvation of the Lord.