Samson and the Harlot of Gaza
After being a judge for Israel for 20 years Samson apparently started to participate in his final fall from grace (Galatians 5:4) by going in to a harlot in Gaza. Now Gaza was one of the five major cities of the Philistines (I Samuel 6:16-17) so for Samson to go into the main camp of his enemies was to have great trust in God or great trust in his strength while not listening to God. This is one of Samson’s many problems – he trusted in the gift while rejecting the Giver of the gift.
While Samson was with the harlot (Proverbs 7:1-27) apparently the news was spread to the leaders of the Philistines for they surrounded the city and would try to kill Samson in the morning light. It also appears that Samson had calculated this effort on the part of the Philistines and he had a plan in mind as to how to escape. He waited until midnight and lifted the doors of the gates, and the beams that they rested upon and carried them to the top of the hill before
It is impressive that God would allow Samson to display His gifts in such a manner. It would seem to us that God would strike down Samson for such flagrant misuse of His gifts and yet at the same time we see the grace and love of God Who would still be constantly trying to communicate to all of His children – Samson, the Philistines, and to
It is interesting that as we read of the story of Samson that we often get caught up in the foolishness of Samson and the various displays of the power of God. Yet we must always remember that God was seeking to save souls by these displays of His power even though He used Samson as the individual He chose to display His power through.
All Bible stories are to tell us of our great need of a Saviour and our great need of His strength. All of the gifts of the gospel were displayed in the life of Samson, and for the benefit of the Philistines, the Israelites, and finally for us who observe these things in the end. Apparently even the angels are blessed by these displays of the greatness, the mercy and the power of God to save others (I Peter 1:10-12).
We do not see many souls “saved” in this story but we do know that by the deliverance of