How do we get the wool pulled over our eyes?
The definition of gullible means easily taken, easily persuaded, and easily deceived.
Today I want to talk about Samson. His name means “Little sun”. Most everyone is familiar with the deadly duo, Samson, and Delilah.
We hear so many people talk about how this man fell into lust, but that really isn’t what the word of HaShem says. Chapter 14 of Judges says that Samson tells his parents about a particular woman from the daughters of the Philistines that he wants to have for a wife. They are not happy and insist he marry a Hebrew, but he goes on and says, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well” Judges 14:3 KJB.
Now here is what you have to catch, the next verse, “But his father and his mother KNEW NOT that it was of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.” Judges 14:4 KJB. Samson marries the daughter of the uncircumcised (Gentile Church.)
The Lord Adonai put that desire in Samson’s heart. BUT After marriage to this woman, she is given to one of Samson’s close companions. He takes a calf to her father and asked for his wife to be united with him again, but her father says, ‘I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? Take her, I pray thee”. Judges 15:2 KJB. Israels younger sister was Judah but she played the harlot also. Now Samson does something very powerful after losing his wife, he goes and catches 300 foxes. I couldnt catch one fox if I tried. We dont know how he succeeded at such a fate. I mean once you catch two or three foxes, where do you put them while you catch the other 297? Shualim is the Hebrew word for foxes but also jackals. Perhaps jackals are easier to catch?
Samson gets very upset at the circumstances, I mean the woman that pleased him has been given to his friend. So out of his frustration, he does go and get a harlot in Gaza. He has a one night stand with a harlot and no one in history has let him forget it. David slept with a married woman named Bathsheba and Judah slept with a harlot that was actually his daughter-n-law, but for some reason, Samson stands out the most. This harlot represents the Church today.
I told you all that to get to this, “And it came to pass afterward that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah” Judges 16:4 KJB. Delilah means delicate. When you love someone you can put up with a lot from them. HE LOVED HER. The other woman (pleased him well) but Delilah, he loved!
This woman is promised 11 hundred pieces of silver to gain the secret of his strength and uncover it to the Philistines. That number 11, means betrayal, disorder, idolatry, and as we see above, a bribe. She lays with him– makes love to him and weaves her web, all for money. Samson who had the anointing, the Nazarene anointing of strength and wisdom and honor, the man who could slay 1000 men with a donkey jaw bone is going to be defeated by a woman. The man who caught 300 foxes.
Because he loves her.
Now here is the wisdom of a matter and the understanding. “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NLT.
YOU CAN LOVE PEOPLE WHO REALLY DON’T LOVE YOU. You can love people who don’t respect you or your gifts. You can give pieces of yourself away to people like Delilah. There will always be people that you love, that could care less about you. Notice Samson told her the deepest secrets of Yahweh, his divine anointing and how God gave him his strength. She sold his secret for silver.
We see in the book of 1st Samuel how wicked Eli’s sons were. They used the priesthood for money and took the people’s offering that was meant for the Lord Adonai and used them for themselves. They slept with women and were only concerned with pleasing themselves. They loved the rule of the people and Eli did nothing about it? WHY? BECAUSE HE LOVED THEM. Oh, how love can get us in trouble and even cloud our eyes to things. It sure affected Samson’s eyes.
“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”. Judges 16:21 ESV.
Samson had to become blind so that he could see. It was in that prison that the bible says, “But before long, his hair began to grow back.” Judges 16:22 NLT.
In the end of his life, Samson got the victory. And here is what I want you to pay close attention to.
“The Philistine rulers held a great festival, offering sacrifices and praising their god, Dagon. They said, “Our god has given us victory over our enemy Samson!” When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, “Our god has delivered our enemy to us! The one who killed so many of us is now in our power!” When they were drunk, they said, “Bring Samson here to entertain us.” So they brought Samson from prison, and he entertained them.’ Judges 16:23-26 NLT.
Just when you have given up and feel like the enemy has made sport of you, the Father will send his HOLY BREATH AND BREATHE upon you and give you the victory. Just when it looks like everyone is pointing the finger at you and calling you out, when your anointing has been clean shaven from your head and your coat of many colors has been stripped from you and dipped in blood, when the hungry lions in the den are circling you, when the person you loved and trusted takes your anointing and sells it for silver or turns you in for 30 pieces of silver and seals it with a kiss. . . Yes, when all hell says, we are finished, HaShem will rise up and give us the victory if we faint not. . . but not before He removes our sight, and blinds us like He did the Apostle paul so that we can see the truth and light of His Torah.
“Then Samson called to the LORD and said, “O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.” Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life.” Judges 16:28-30 NASB.
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