Samson Dies, Killing His enemy the PhilistinesVolume 2, Number 34
Created Date: April 17, 2007
Posted Date: April 17, 2007
Vol 2 - No 34 April 17, 2007
The Faith of Samson - Part 6:
Our last study examined how Samson, in spite of having been blessed with great physical strength, personifies the natural man and the impossibility for anyone to met God's standard of righteousness as set forth in the law given to Moses. Contrasted to Samson and all mankind the Word of God came sinless into the world in the person of Jesus who kept the law to the letter and then died to pay for the sins of all who believe in Him. So it is that Samson's witness of faith points to the need for Jesus Christ's finished work. Faith is the substance (or foundation) of things hoped for, the evidence (or proof) of things not seen,. In this study we will examine how Samson's self inflicted demise and death were a type of and pointed to the all sufficient sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
As we read the account of Delilah's attempts to learn his secret of strength init seems obvious what was on her mind so why couldn't Samson see he was on the path to destruction? Because of his fallen nature, which like all men/women was self serving he thought he was invincible based on his track record and therefore was totally absorbed with what he was getting out of the relationship. And thus finally, after days of Delilah's manipulative ranting about how he had mocked and lied to her three (3) times so he must not really love her Samson finally broke down and revealed his secret. She immediately called the Philistine rulers and told them the news and they paid her off. She caused Samson to fall asleep on her lap and had a man shave his head. When he awoke he didn't realize the Lord left him and his strength was gone, but he found out when the Philistines took him and put out his eyes - .
Samson was imprisoned in forced labor turning the mill to grind grain. Anyone who knows about conditions in third world prisons can only imagine Samson's suffering. The Philistines were heathen idol worshipers and must have retaliated against him with a vengeance after he had intimidated and killed so many of them. We can only imagine the awful physical torture blind Samson must have suffered. The Word doesn't say how long he was there but it does indicate his hair had begun to grow,, when the Philistine leaders gathered their people to celebrate his demise by sacrificing to their god Dagon, giving it credit for conquering him - . They obviously didn't want to kill him for it gave them great satisfaction to domineer, torture and see such a man who they once feared, suffer so much. According to commentaries the area in which this happened was great wine country and no doubt everyone was drunk when they called for Samson to be brought from prison as the main event of their celebration. He was brought out in chains and placed at center stage between the massive pillars that supported the roof so everyone could witness his humiliation. They praised their god for delivering him, , which must have riled our Lord to have anyone give credit to a worthless idol for defeating one of His people.
The building was full, with 3000 men and women on the roof, the key support of which were the two pillars. Samson asked the lad who tended him to place him in a position so he could lean on the two pillars then he prayed to God for strength just one last time. He knew he was going to die but he wanted to take revenge against the Philistines for the loss of his eyes. With strength only God could provide he pushed out the pillars and the roof with all thereon came down on him and the rest below and thus Samson killed more with him in death than he had during his life -.
Samson's death points to and is a type of Jesus Christ's even though the motive and way there were different. Samson had everything he needed to succeed except his sinful nature and he demonstrated his nature every step of the way through life by breaking God's law and covenant. Jesus Christ came into the world sinless and demonstrated His nature by living a perfect life of faith, totally in obedience to the Law of Moses and God's covenant. Samson began to free Israel from bondage as the Word of God had foretold and willingly died to revenge himself against the enemy who had blinded him. His motive, like the motive of all mankind, was generally selfish and self centered. But God can use man in spite of this trait to further His own Will, for God's motive is love for mankind. Jesus Christ offered up His life willingly, not in revenge for what had been done to Him, but to free mankind from what mankind had brought upon himself, the enemy of sin and death. "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.". Jesus did not die until His job was done, and that job was to pay the price for sin for all and give eternal life to all who believe in Him.
And so it is that only in the Lord Jesus Christ do we have the hope of life. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." - I Corinthians 15:22 - 26.
"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." -.