Judges chapter 13, begins on a heavy note. A single verse describes four decades of oppression, a people gone astray from a faithful God, a loving God exacting justice over His beloved nation for their evil.
Samson and the Spirit of the Lord
We meet Manoah and his wife, a barren couple who gets visited by an angel of the Lord bearing promises of a son, a Nazarite unto God, who will deliver Israel from their enemy. (Judges 13:2-3). The couple’s life was barren until Gods promise bore fruit in the form of a Nazarite, someone who will save God’s beloved people from oppression and defeat. Later Samson is born, a blessed child with the Spirit of God stirring in Him. He demonstrated immense strength as he tore apart a roaring young lion as the Spirit fell upon him mightily (Judges 14). Later he kills thirty of his enemies (Judges 14:19) and he uses a jawbone of a donkey to kills thousand enemies with the Spirit of God. In all this occasions the Spirt of the Lord fell upon him.
We see Jesus explaining to Nicodemus that being born again by water and Spirit is the essential to enter the kingdom of God and how believing in the Son grants eternal life (John 3:5). John the Baptist testifying that Jesus Christ is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit (John 1:33).
In the Old Testament, the Spirit of God took hold of Samson when he faced his enemies. The verses state that the Spirit fell on him mightily as he ripped apart the lion and defeated the Philistines.
“For ye are all the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:26
As we are children of God through Jesus Christ, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts (Galatians 4:6). God set his seal of ownership on us and put his Spirit in our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:22). Jesus promises a comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who will abide with us forever for He dwells in us (John 14:16-18).
1 Peter 1: 3 also states how God has “…caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”. In this way the New Testament believers are the fruit, born through Christ, the last Adam. Every New Testament believer is born again in Christ according to the plan and purpose of God. A plan laid down to deliver Nations.
If Samson could do mighty deeds when Spirit fell on him in a few instances that changed the history of a nation, how much greater are the deeds, we are called to perform with the Spirit of God residing in us always?
Samson and Delilah
In Judges 16, Samson meets Delilah. He loves this woman in the valley of Sorek and seeing a opportunity to defeat Samson, his enemies use Delilah to entice him. Soon we see a Samson who is beginning to be influenced by Delilah. Samson was an affliction upon his enemies by God’s design. But his enemies who were defeated and weakened by this Spirit filled Nazarite laid down a plan to destroy him through Delilah.
She did not attack him like a roaring lion or a thousand men army. She did not come at Him with an open warning. She manipulated him, influenced his mind, made sure to speak again and again until all he could hear was her voice.
“And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;” (Judges 16:16)
She drained him of all that he had in his heart so that she could use it against him. She lulled the great warrior God ordained as the Judge of his people into sleep upon her lap. At this point she shaves off His hair which was a seal of his Nazarite status. His enemies came upon him bound him and tore out his eyes and imprisoned him.
Many a times we too let ourselves be unarmed before our personal Delilah’s. Be it ungodly relationships, friendships that are likely to drain our time spent in the presence of the Living God, apps on our smartphones, fears, worries, doubts, guilt, faithlessness, a priority other than Christ who gave himself as a sacrifice for your salvation…all of it, any of it can be our personal Delilah’s, that we permit the enemy to use against us and ultimately causes our spiritual erosion. Any time we let ourselves be influenced by anything not in the will of God we choose like Samson.
We are great warriors anointed by the Almighty. By the authority given to you to dance upon, trample and crush your enemy, the devil, bind Delilah before she/he/it/ they rob you of the greatest treasure, the better pleasure.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world… (1 John 5:4)