We pick up the story of Samson in Judges chapter 16 and while this is not the last chapter in the book of Judges, it is the last that we will read on Samson.
So what we see in verse 1 is no surprise…once again we see Samson being led by his eyes… ‘he saw a woman’ but not just any woman, a harlot, a prostitute, a woman of the evening. And so he has relations with her, and he’s such a gentleman that he doesn’t even bother to stay until morning so he takes off at midnight.
But his activities are not going unnoticed. There are Gazites, so these are Philistines, realize that Samson is there and they decide that when morning comes, they’re going to kill him. And while that plan does not work, they do noticed two things: They notice both Samson’s strength and his weakness! His strength is, of course, just that. It’s his physical strength. As he departs the city, he literally rips the doors and posts right out of the ground and carries them on his shoulders all the way to Hebron, which is about 40 miles up the mountainside! And by the way, we sort of get this image of Samson carrying this tremendous weight all the way to Hebron and just tossing it to the ground, I almost picture him spitting on the ground when he does this, because Hebron is in Judah. You might recall, it was the men of Judah who, rather than fighting alongside Samson against the Philistines, brought 3,000 men to capture Samson and turn him over to the Philistines.
I get to stand up here each week and share not just from God’s Word, and not just my thoughts on what’s going on in the world around us, but I also get to share some of my own personal stories…those that I share with a glad heart and then those that I share with some embarrassment. So let me share a story of something that happened recently and it’s not one that I’m proud of but in the spirit of transparency and acknowledging my own failures before you, here goes…
So with The Lion, the Trips and the Proposal, we heard about the trips earlier. So let me share with you about The Proposal, specifically my marriage proposal to Pilar and then we’ll get to the lion in just a little bit. Let me start by saying that if I were to go back in time to when Pilar and I were dating, the proposal would be so different than what it was back then!