After Samson sees a harlot “…and went into her”, he falls in love with another woman named Delilah. The lords of the Philistines bribe Delilah to find out where Samson’s strength lies. As Delilah attempts to uncover his secret, Samson allows her to do some bondage action on him 3 times but he is just toying with her. Eventually she pesters him so much “that his soul was vexed to death”. So Samson tells her that his strength is in his hair. The Philistines end up cutting his hair, putting out his eyes and making him a prisoner…But his hair starts to grow! 💪
At the end of his life, when Samson is brought to the temple of the false god Dagon, he prays for the Lord to give him strength one last time so he may take vengeance on the Philistines for the loss of his eyes. The Lord hears his prayer and Samson knocks down the beams of the temple killing about 3,000 Philistines which was more than he had killed his entire life.
Although Samson suffered major consequences as a result of being a sinful, fleshly driven man, he was still a man of faith (Hebrews 11:32-33) and the Lord used his life to accomplish His purposes.
Next we read about a man named Micah who makes shrines and household idols. He hires a Levite priest named Jonathan, the grandson of Moses, to be his personal priest. The tribe of Dan comes and takes all of Micah’s idols and makes Jonathan the priest over the entire tribe of Dan. “So they set up for themselves Micah’s carved image which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.” This just shows how far away from the Lord the Israelites are at this point in the Story. Moses’s own grandson leads an entire tribe into idolatry! 😱 The Story gets even darker tomorrow. Keep reading.