Wayne and I finished our reading for the week tonight. The story of Samson was really interesting to read again. It's hard to believe that after Delilah told her people the secret that Samson revealed to her as the reason for his strength three previous times and she ran and told her people that he finally told her the real truth thinking that she wouldn't tell the 4th time? Why did Samson finally trust her with the real truth the 4th time?
Could Samson have been deceived so much that he trusted her and didn't think that she was going to tell her people the secret of his strength after he revealed it to her? What would make him think that she wouldn't do the same thing that she had already done three times before? Did he feel that he was too strong to ever allow anyone to cut his hair?
Why do you think Samson finally gave in to her and told her his secret? It doesn't make any sense from a logical standpoint so it must have been an emotional decision. Maybe there is more behind the scripture Judges 16:16 that wasn't recorded.
"And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, so that his soul was vexed to death; that he told her all his heart..." Did Samson finally give up because he loved her more than God, was his faith gradually weakened to the point that he didn't care anymore, or did he have so much pride in his abilities that he didn't think that he'd lose his strength even if his hair was razored.
From Judges 16: 20 we get the idea that Samson still thought he had his strength when he was awoke out of his sleep. At what point do you think he realized that his hair was shaven and his strength gone? What are your thoughts?
From this example, I realize even more now that I need to stay strong by continually praying, obeying the Lord's commandments, repenting of my mistakes, hold on to the word of God and endure to the end. I'm sure Delilah exposed Samson to unrighteous practices and beliefs that eventually weakened him. We know that Delilah's love of money was her weakness. She loved money more that Samson and God but then again she was an unbeliever. How can we all apply what we have learned here in our own lives?
This week we are reading Judges Chapter 17-21, Ruth 1-4, through 1 Samuel chapter 5. It's never too late to join "Wonky's Book Worms." Just jump in and start reading. We'd love to have everyone start reading that has a desire to join us at any time. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas. It adds so much!