Delilah discovered the secret of Samson’s power. In frustration, she complained and questioned his love for her. How could he conceivably love her if he continued to make a fool out of her? And, how could he not trust her if he truly loved her?
Day after day, she nagged him, doing all she could to break the will of Samson. She was determined, setting a deliberate, unceasing plot to break the secret and personally betray her lover.
Finally, Samson broke under the weight of the nagging and the pressure until his soul was vexed to death, feeling as though he could take it no more. Samson told her everything: his secret, the source of his strength. He revealed that he was a Nazirite, a man who had been set apart to God from birth; and that if his head were shaved, his strength would leave him.
At long last, Delilah had what she wanted, and she betrayed Samson. She sent word to the Philistine leaders who long ago had given up and were no longer hiding at her house while she carried out each plot. But now, the leaders had been convinced by Delilah that she had seduced the truth out of Samson. So they returned with the payoff.
When they arrived, she no doubt had drugged him and had his hair shaved off. As before, in the other three attempts, she called for Samson to awaken from his drugged stupor. He awoke, thinking that he would escape just as he had done before. But this time it was too late: he had revealed the truth, the source of his strength.
Samson was captured and led into captivity by the Philistines. The Spirit of God had left him and the Philistines seized him. They gouged out his eyes, shackled him, and forced him to grind grain in the prison. But they made a very serious mistake: they allowed his hair to grow back.
This was probably a deliberate plan in order to control and use his strength for their own purposes once his hair had grown back. Whatever the case, this was to be a serious miscalculation on the part of the Philistines. Samson was not stupid; therefore, at some point he must have figured out the plot of Delilah and the Philistines. Only she knew the deceptive lies he was telling her about the source of his strength. Every time she awakened him, he was tied up and the Philistines were standing there.
The moment Samson became aware of the plot, he should have fled as quickly as he could. But unbridled lust and passion had gripped his heart and blinded his mind so that he could not think clearly, much less act rationally. He was driven by the desire for Delilah, her companionship, softness, and passion. He was infatuated and had a burning desire for her that blinded him to the commandments and call of God. He had compromised and lived a permissive lifestyle so long that he became insensitive to God. He neglected and ignored God, disobeying His commandments. Can this be said of you?
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