Samson Falls in Love

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Choice

Timnath was located about 4 miles south-west of Zorah which was only about an hour’s walk. It was here that Samson met the first of his lovers and he didn’t seem to be concerned that she was a Philistine (v. 1). He knew the laws of separation God had given to the people, but he chose to ignore them (Ex. 34:16, and Gen. 24:1-4).

Samson’s lack of concern on such an important religious issue was matched by his lack of submission to his parents (vv. 2-3). When his father reminded him of God’s law he defied him and said “Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well!” It did not bother Samson that his desires displeased his parents and that this alliance would bring grief to them. What the father said was highly regarded and this was especially true when it came to the choice of a wife. Samson disregarded all of their advice because of his overwhelming desire for this Philistine woman.

The Philistines were in control of Israel at this time, and what Samson’s parents did not know was that the LORD wanted to stir up trouble for them and that’s why he made Samson desire this woman (v. 4). Along the way a fierce young lion suddenly roared and attacked Samson. But the LORD’s Spirit took control of Samson, and with his bare hands he tore the lion apart (vv. 5-6). When they got to Timnath, Samson talked to the woman, and he was sure that she was the one for him (v. 7).

Application

How would I rate myself on a scale of 1-10 (10 being excellent) in following the advice of my parents?

Judges 14:1-7 (English Standard Version)

Samson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw one of the daughters of the Philistines. Then he came up and told his father and mother, "I saw one of the daughters of the Philistines at Timnah. Now get her for me as my wife." But his father and mother said to him, "Is there not a woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, for she is right in my eyes." His father and mother did not know that it was from the LORD, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines ruled over Israel. Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring. Then the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she was right in Samson's eyes.

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