Gleaning from the life of Samson – Part 8
Text: Judges 16:4-31
Key Verse: Judges 16:4, “Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.” (NKJV)’
Samson started going to the prostitutes, they call them commercial sex workers. Samson’s first visit to the house of prostitute was when he went to Gaza. He saw a prostitute there and had sex with her (Judges 16:1). Afterwards, Samson went to the valley in Sorek and saw another prostitute by name Delilah and fell in love with her. Remember that the journey of Samson’s visits to women started in Timnath, where he first saw one of the daughters of the Philistines he married. Later he moved to Gaza and now Sorek. But when Samson went to Gaza, it was a whole new ball game. It was also a long way from the border of Israel. This was a very, very dangerous thing for Samson to do, just to satisfy his lust. Gradually, Samson was living outside the box on moral issues. Samson didn’t start in big, dangerous Gaza. Rather, he started in little “not so bad” Timnath.
The lords of the Philistines came to Delilah and said to her to entice Samson and see wherein his great strength lie, so that they may overpower him, bound and afflict him. They promised her that every one of them would give to her eleven hundred pieces of silver. Delilah went to work and asked Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to afflict you.” And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” She tied Samson with seven fresh bowstrings and beckoned on the Philistines, who were lying in wait, to come against Samson. But he rose up and destroyed all the bowstrings. The secret of his strength was not known. But did he go away? No, he did not go away. Rather, he remained there. The enemy had come, but Samson was no longer careful.
Samson decided to camp inside the enemy’s camp. Samson did not tell himself, ‘the enemy wants to pass through this woman and rubbish me completely.’ This has become a problem. He had already disregarded the vow of consecration, sanctification and the vow to keep away from evil, sin and death. He had decided to forget the vow because there was a Delilah that came into the picture.
Delilah came back to Samson again and said, “You have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with”. Samson told her that if you tie me tightly with new robes that have never been used, then I would be weak and become like any other man. Delilah tied him with new robes and beckoned again on the Philistines to come against him, but Samson broke them off his arms like a thread. Samson knew that he was not like any other man. Everybody who consecrates himself and live a sanctified life will not be like any other man; you will be different. Any minister who consecrates himself will not be like any other man; he will be different. Samson knew that he was different. How many believers know that they are different if they are different? Samson said if you do this, I would be like any other man. How many believers know that they are not like any other man, if they are not like any other man? That is why the clarion call is to go back to Bethel and get it right.
Today’s Nugget: A believer is not like any other man.
Prayer: Lord, help me not to break the vow of consecration
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Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria
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