Why Did Samson Reveal The Secret Of His Great Strength to Delilah?  Judges chapter 16
(Written Wednesday September 7, 2011)

The question that alludes is why did Samson tell Delilah the truth concerning “wherein his great strength lies” considering that after each cockamamie story he told her, she actually performed it? Was it because he was “in love” with her? Was it mainly because “she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death”? These could be partial reasons why, but I believe that his main reason for revealing his secret to her was because he was arrogant! He skirted with sin, was lewd and he somehow did not seemed to think that he would have to pay the consequences for his behaviour. He lived as though he was above the judgement of God since he was His elected judge of the nation.

I believe that Samson thought that even if his hair was cut by the “uncircumcised Philistines”, it would not have matter because God would still allow him to maintain his great strength. He was living with a harlot (Samson and Delilah were not married) and he still had his great strength; he had previously married a woman of the philistines, of whom God had told them (the Israelites) not to do, and he still had his great strength; he ate honey from the dead carcass of a lion (of which was an abomination to the Lord) and he still had his great strength; he was not obedient to his parents (5th commandment), and he still had his great strength. Samson probably thought he was invincible and could do whatever he pleased, and still be blessed by God. After all, he was called by God to deliver Israel (His chosen people); he was an Israelite and God would not allow the philistines to prevail against him; he was under His protection and He would protect him no matter what he did. 

He probably said to Delilah with no little amount of pride, “I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb…” In other words, I have the covering, the protection of God over me and He will never let anything untoward happen to me, no matter what I do! When he said, “If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man”, he really did not believe it. This is clearly seen in verse 20 of this chapter as we read on.

For Samson the words, “… like any other man” was stating that he would be ordinary, no longer superior; no longer set apart; no longer invincible; but just ordinary, which by the way, in his mind`s eye was never going to happen!

As she had said three other times prior, Delilah said to him the fourth time, after shaving off the seven locks of his head, all his hair, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” because God will never leave me or forsake me; He will never take away this great strength that He has given to me, no matter the fact that I have been carrying on deplorably, breaking all His laws, commands, statutes. No matter that I behave with arrogant pride, have not been humble, was rude and obnoxious to my parents and demanded my own way; God will cater to me, just like I cater to me; after all, I am Samson!` The sad thing though was “But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him”.

One cannot consistently cohorts with sinful living and still expect God to remain with them. He said in Genesis 6:3, “My spirit shall not always strive with man…” and why should He? Who do we think we are? Better still, who do we think He is? Are we aware that He is God? Are we aware that “it is He who hath made us and not we ourselves”? We are the created, He is the Creator! We are His workmanship, not the other way round! We are dependent on Him, He is independent of us. He was before us and will be long after us. Oh, he wants and loves us but His being is independent of us, He does not need us to exist, but we need Him …

Since he was so arrogant and prideful, imagine how shock Samson must have been at what happened after he told Delilah all; after she did as she had done the other three times prior, after the men arrived, he thought that he would be as strong as before because he was Samson, the Lord`s elect; the judge of God`s chosen people; he was a Hebrew, an Israelite; these were people of the uncircumcised! God would defend him against them and never let them prevail against him. Even though they (the nation of Israel) were in this quandary because of disobedience, Samson still somehow seemed to think that he was exempt. Was he ever in for a rude awakening! Here he was intermingling with the philistines, even going so far as to marry one of them, but he considered himself to be special, above the law because of his position and his nationality. He was filled with pride and arrogance and really needed to be humbled.

Fortunately for him, humbling did come but, unfortunately for him it came at the detriment of his eyesight, his great strength, his dignity, and his freedom! It was then that he seemed to acknowledge God! It was then that he realized who He was in comparison to himself; it was then that he became “… like any other man”; it was then that he realize that his great strength came from the Lord and not from his owe ability.

It is comforting to note that God being God heard him as he cried out to Him from the prison and granted his request. He was actually accomplishing two things when he destroyed the philistines; he delivered the nation of Israel from those who were oppressing then as God intended him to and he was also avenging them for “`putting out his eyes”. It is ironic that he spent such an immense amount of time with them and he also died with them.

For some of us, it takes an experience like Samson`s to bring us to our knees. We go about life burning the candle at both ends, flirting with sin and expect God to come to our rescue the minute we fall into jeopardy. I guess we forget those famous words, “if you play with fire, you will get burn”. The bible tells us in Proverbs 9:12, “If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, and if you scoff, you will bear it alone”.

Surely the Lord loves us and it is His good pleasure to help us in times of trouble. But we are expected to do our part; obey His commands, keep His statutes, His laws and His judgements which are true. He is our Refuge, our Strength, our Deliverer; but He is also our Saviour and His mission, His desire is to save us. Sometimes in order to save us it maybe that He has to let us suffer the consequences of our actions to an extent that we really feel it. God does all that He does out of love for us, He has our best interest at heart even though at the time we may not think so.

A Prayer

Dear heavenly Father, We give thanks and praise to You O Lord for Your goodness. We thank You for Your loving kindness, for Your faithfulness, for Your grace and mercy. We thank You for Your compassion that never fails, that are new every morning. Lord, we thank You for knowing that You have our best interest at heart and that all that You do is for our good even though at the time we may not see it. We thank You for Your word that we can read and understand through Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for allowing stories such as this of Samson to be recorded in Your word, to enlighten us to who we are and who You are. Give us grace to see the goodness of you in each situation and help us to make the right choices. Help us not to make the mistake of Samson and walk in arrogance, but to be humble and not provoke You to such an extent that causes You to bring something upon us in order to save us. Help us to do as You said Lord Jesus, to fall on the rock and be broken before the rock has to fall on us and crush us. Help us to live each day in the fear of Your holy name and know that we are the created and You are the Creator. Help us to love You more each day and to obey Your word. Thank You for all You have done, for all You are doing and for all You are going to do. We ask all in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen