By: Robert Serreyn
Question? What was the connection between Samson’s strength and his hair?
Samson’s strength DID NOT originate from his hair.
Samson lost his strength because of his disobedience to the Lord.
(Judges 16:17 – 19) That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man. (18) And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. (19) And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
Samson BY CHOICE (free will) put himself in a place and position that he should not have been.
Samson fell prey for Satan’s oldest trick in the book (LUST) and he (Samson) committed three things listed in 1 John 2:16 that will get any christian if they get out of the will of the Lord.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Samson is a typeology of the CARNAL CHRISTIAN, saved, yet with NO EVIDENCE.
(1 Corinthians 3:15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
ONLY TWICE are we told that Samson gave the Lord credit and glory for his great strength and power.
(Judges 15:18) And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?
(Judges 16:28) And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
As stated above Samson’s troubles began when when he DISOBEYED the Lord.
Samson had been taught the Old Testament Scriptures, he KNEW the consequences of the Lord for willful disobedience to God’s commands.
In Chapter 14:1-4 Samson went searching for a wife who was unsaved who brought him heartache.
(Deuteronomy 7:1 – 4) When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; (2) And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: (3) Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. (4) For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
(2 Corinthians 6:14) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
In Verses 8-9 he broke one of the Nazarite Vows.
(Numbers 6:1,2,6) And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (2) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD: (6) All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body.
In Chapter 16 Samson again succumbs to the lust of the flesh with a woman known as Delilah, who causes him to break another of the Nazarite Vows.
(Judges 16:4) And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
(Numbers 6:5) All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
Samson is a GOOD LESSON for every christian to take heed too.
Samson DID NOT obey the Lord and therefore paid a huge price for his sins.
(Galatians 6:7,8) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (8) For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH