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SAMSON SERIES: RETALIATION – JUDGES 15

June 2, 2018

With the passing of several months, Samson’s anger waned, and he decided to visit his wife in Timnath in hopes of a conjugal reunion. Upon arrival, his wife’s father informed Samson that the wife was given to his best man, and he offered Samson another daughter to marry, but Samson inflamed once again, rejected the offer.

In retaliation Samson catches 300 foxes, places them in pairs and with a lit torch between their tails, he sets the Philistines’ corn patch, vineyards, and olive groves on fire. Consequently, when the Philistines found out that Samson did this horrendous act, they burnt his wife and father to death which caused Samson to seek more vengeance in which a merciless slaughter ensued.

To catch Samson, the Philistines invade Judah causing the Judeans to become dismayed. When they found out that Samson was the reason of the invasion 3,000 men went to Samson at the rock Etam and informed him of the invasion. After conversing, Samson agrees to be arrested and go quietly if the men did not attempt to take him forcibly.

With his hands bound with new ropes the men of Judean delivered Samson over to the Philistines; however, the Spirit of the Lord mightily moved on him and the ropes dissolved from his hands. The Philistines jubilation over the capture of Samson turned to horror as he picked up a jawbone of an ass and slaughtered 1000 men all by himself.

This massacre left Samson thirsty and exhausted. Thus he prayed to God for help, and God allowed a fountain of water to spring up, and Samson was able to drink and be revived.

The chapter ends stating, “And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.” The scriptures do not reveal if there were adversarial conflicts between Samson and the Philistines during these years; so, I assume that there were no significant disturbances.

Here are my thoughts on this chapter:
1. Samson has an anger problem. He appears to be driven by his emotions, and he often exhibits misplaced aggression.
2. Appeasing an angry person is difficult.
3. Knowing the flawed, volatile character of Samson, God used him in punishing the Philistines.
4. Violence generates more violence.
5. Retaliation is circular.
6. Vengeance belongs to God.
6. When people view you as a troublemaker, they are unlikely to help you.
7. God deserves thanks and praise for His wonderful acts toward us.
8. Seek direction from God before acting.
9. Even if you must stand alone, don’t fear the enemy.
10. God is a present help in your time of need.

 

 

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