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)


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