Judges 14

Judges 14 has some strange events in Samson’s life.  It begins with him demanding one of the Philistine woman to be his wife.  He told his parents “Now get her for me as my wife”.  Pretty direct and to the point, eh?  Samson saw a woman he wanted and demands his folks go get her for him.  “His father and mother said ‘Is there not a woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines’”?  They aren’t liking this idea at all.

They know that God is usually pretty clear that intermarriage outside His people leads to bad outcomes.  So they try and sway Samson’s direction.  But God has a different plan.  “His father and mother did not know that it was from the Lord, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines”.  God needed a way to get Samson in the middle of the Philistine nation so He could use him to do God’s work.  The Philistines were ruling God’s people, and God was preparing to set them free.

As Samson went to prepare for his wedding, he runs into a lion who attacks him.  “The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him….he tore the lion in pieces”.  No question that God has given Samson some pretty unique power and that God is with him.  “Samson prepared a feast” which was the tradition then as they celebrate their marriage.  His new wife invites 30 of her companions to be with them for the seven day feast, and Samson gives them a riddle with the prize being 30 linen garments and changes of clothing if they can figure it out.  He doesn’t tell anyone the answer, even his parents.

The Philistine companions threaten Samson’s new bride.  “Entice your husband to tell us what the riddle is, lest we burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us here to impoverish us”?  Nice group of friends to have at your wedding feast.  So “she wept before him the seven days that their feast lasted….she pressed him hard….she told the riddle to her people”.  It is obvious where her loyalty is, so “Samson’s wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man”.  He picked a woman who wasn’t the right one for his life.  His test of a riddle stumped the enemy until the one closest to him betrayed him with the answer.  So Samson takes action and passes her to someone else.  Sort of a bummer way to end a wedding feast.  But we’ll see how God uses that to achieve His purposes through Samson.

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