Samson Tied & Delivered by His Own, But He Destroys EnemyVolume 2, Number 32
Created Date: March 3, 2007
Posted Date: March 3, 2007
The Faith of Samson - Part 4:
Our last study left off with Samson burning the Philistine's crops in retaliation for his wife being given to another man. The Philistines then killed his wife and father for causing their crop loss, which resulted in Samson killing a great many of them in retaliation, after which he went to stay in the top of the rock Etam, a place in or near an area inhabited by the Israeli tribe of Judah -. The Philistines then gathered a great army and camped out informing the men from Judah they were there to capture Samson and take revenge for what he had done - .
These men of Judah are an example of how sin can control even God's children. They, along with all Israel, had received the promise of God Almighty that the land in which they lived was theirs and they could enjoy total freedom and independence with the condition they keep God's Law and not become involved in idolatry -. The memory of Joshua defeating Jericho, Gideon and only 300 men beating an army of 135,000 and many other God given victories should have been fresh in their minds. They knew Samson had single-handedly whipped the Philistines at every turn so far. But Israel had fallen into the immoral, degrading and sinful worship of the idols of the land and had become so comfortable kowtowing to and serving the Philistines that they forgot God to the point there is no record any Israeli ever offered to assist Samson in fighting the enemy. Instead, 3000 men of Judah went to him and pointed out that the Philistines were their rulers, blamed him for causing problems for them and said they were going to bind and deliver him to the Philistines. Of course Samson could have withstood even this large contingent but he was a member of their body, the corporate body of God's people Israel and he did not even threaten to do so. He only asked that they promise not to kill him if he submitted to being tied and delivered to the enemy. The men promised and Samson submitted - .
It is here we observe Samson truly demonstrating faith in God's Word for the first time. Up to this point the Word of God has recorded five (5) instances of miraculous manifestations of God's power through Samson, three (3) of which the Word specifically indicates the Spirit of the Lord moved him and two (2) where the Spirit of the Lord is not mentioned: (1) - The Spirit of the Lord first moved Samson in Israel,, but the Word does not describe specifically what occurred; (2) - the Spirit came upon him when he killed a lion with his bare hands, ; (3) - the Spirit came upon him in Ashkelon where he killed 30 Philistines and took their clothing which he used to payoff those at the wedding feast, ; (4) although the Spirit of the Lord is not mentioned in the instance of Samson catching 300 jackals and burning the Philistines harvest, this was certainly a super human feat, ; (5) as was the killing of a great many Philistines with his bare hands in retaliation for them burning his wife to death - . In these five (5) instances Samson appears to have acted spontaneously, while armed with the Lord's power. But on this sixth occasion Samson demonstrated faith that the Lord would be with him by willingly submitting to being tied and handed over to the enemy by his own people.
Once bound and delivered the Philistines shouted derision at Samson. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, he broke the bindings with which he was tied as if they were burnt threads and laying hold of the jawbone from an ass that had recently died he killed 1000 Philistines therewith -. He could have grabbed a sword or spear from the enemy, which would have been the logical choice by way of human thinking, but he didn't, for the Lord's methods are not those of man: "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;" I Corinthians 1:27.
And so God's promise to Samson's parents that he would "begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines,", was fulfilled by Samson using an ass's jawbone, from which unintelligible braying had recently come. This incident also fulfilled God's promise made to Israel through Joshua that: "One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you." - .
After killing 1000 men with the jawbone Samson was very thirsty and for the first recorded instance in his life he called on the Lord, first acknowledging that God had delivered him and then asking if he would now die of thirst and so fall into the hands of the uncircumcised Philistines -. In response God caused one of the tooth sockets in the ass's jawbone to spring forth with fresh water from which Samson slaked his thirst. The Word indicates he judged Israel for 20 years - .
Samson's witness of faith typifies and points to the Author and Finisher of faith, Jesus Christ. During three (3) years of ministry Jesus demonstrated total control of human life, the elements of nature and even His enemies and in so doing fulfilled many prophesies in the Old Testament. In spite of all this no one in Israel offered to stand with Him at the end. He certainly had the power to successfully resist being taken by anyone but instead willingly allowed His own people to deliver Him to the Romans. His suffering in crucifixion was actually a battle with the greatest enemy of mankind; Satan and death, and He was armed with nothing except the fact His Word, for He was/is The Word of God.
Like Samson after his battle: "&, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst,", but He received vinegar instead of water. However, just as He had caused water to flow from the jawbone of a dead ass for Samson He will someday provide life-giving water for all Israel and the nations, as revealed by the Apostle John: "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." - . Samson's imperfect rule over Israel only lasted 20 years but as to Jesus Christ's reign: "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:" - .
To be continued.