Samson’s Fall And Fall: A Personal Reflection
Joshua 19: 49 When they had made an end of dividing the land for inheritance by their coasts, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun among them: 50 According to the word of the Lord they gave him the city which he asked, even TIMNATH–serah in mount Ephraim: and he built the city, and dwelt therein.
Joshua 24: 30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in TIMNATH–serah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
Judges 2:8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old. 9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in TIMNATH–heres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.
Judges 14: 1 And Samson went down to TIMNATH, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.
MY THOUGHTS ON SAMSON.
The Philistines were Israel’s most notorious enemies prior to the babylonians. They invaded the very inheritance of Joshua the man who defeated and conquered Canaan.
Yes, 300 years had PASSED and now the Philistines were taking over the land. (Please read my last post here)
Well, the Israelites didn’t regard that sermon. And it’s sad to know that the very land given to Commander Joshua had been taken over by the enemies.
And here was Samson. Born of prophecy and sent to deliver the Israelites. His first exploit was to go down to Timnath (Joshua’s hometown and burial place.) Good move? Well.
Was it to survey the land? Was it to reclaim the land? Was it to restore pride to the land of Israel by reclaiming the inheritance of their heroic leader?
Well, we can’t tell because instead of seeing the land in view, Samson saw a woman in Timnath.
How important this woman was…… We can’t tell because the Bible didn’t even mention her name. But whoever she was, she distracted Samson from His God-given mission. He disregarded his Nazarite vows to be with this woman. He disobeyed his parents and gave no heed to God’s command because of this philistine woman. Gosh!! She must HAVE BEEN VERY BEAUTIFUL AND CHARMING TO CAPTURE THIS HARD MAN’S HEART.
Unfortunately for Samson, he loved her but like every con man and enemy would do, the philistines outsmarted him. And gave out the woman he married to his bestman.
This will commence a series of misdirected attacks on the enemies he was supposed to destroy. His motivation for stamping out the enemies from that day became driven by his lust for women. He had no army, no adviser, no friend, no company…. Just a single guy in a REBOUND.
From Timnath , to a harlot in Gaza to Delilah in the valley of Sorek where he met his untimely death in the hand of the Philistine.
Samson’s downward journey makes me afraid!! Once our taste and lust for women (or anything inparticular) is not in check, we will continue in covetousness and selfishness to chase shadows till we are lost in enemy camp.
He loved a woman IN THE VALLEY of Sorek… That’s how low he sunk…..
From Timnath (on Mount Ephraim) to the Valley. How low can a Christian get?
Friends, we need to check our desires and motives. What we seek and represent may be right but we may be running after it in the wrong direction.
Come home friend!! Don’t date that guy because you think you must marry!! Don’t become a business patner with a fraudulent man because you think you have no hope. Don’t cheat in that exam. Don’t lie to get to the top.
God’s plan for your life is BIGGER than you can fathom. But to understand it, you have to follow his laid down rules and plan for your life. Read the Bible and pray everyday.
His grace is sufficient for you if only you trust in HIM.
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