to humble him

Today's reading from Judges 16.

In Judges 16 we find a lot to discuss. For example, many have questioned what Samson is doing with a prostitute? Some scholars have wondered why translators seem to want to imply Samson is doing something immoral, but the language is the same as the account of the spies and Rahab. Here is an interesting article about this translation.

Then there's the issue of Delilah. He loved her, but she apparently had no feelings for him. At least his first wife was threatened with death. Delilah was bribed with money. Who knows why Samson felt he should tell Delilah about his Nazarite vows? Especially sense she seemed to try every method as soon as he shared it. The only thing I can say about this is that God seemed to permit this entire episode, if not orchestrate it, to bring about this great, final confrontation.

However, something that struck me was the foreshadowing of the comments of the lords of the Philistines. They wanted to humble Samson. Little did they know that it would be in his humbling that he would truly become powerful. Throughout the entire account of Samson's life, have we seen any evidence that he was especially devout beyond not drinking or cutting his hair?

When the Philistines humble him, they push him toward God. He has nowhere else to go. Their mistake, ultimately, was in seeing Samson as their enemy. He was simply the tool God used to ease the suffering of His wayward people. When they bound him, blinded him, and brought him into their courts as a trophy, they had no idea that the God who empowered him was still on the thrown and not finished. They only brought their destruction into the heart of their camp like a Trojan horse.