Judges 15

Judges 15 reveals that as Samson was frustrated in the prior chapter, and the woman he had just married betrayed him, it was her father in law that gave her to Samson’s companion.  “After some days….Samson went to visit his wife….I will go in to my wife in the chamber….But her father would not allow him to go in”.  Samson had been extremely bitter that she had given away the answer to his riddle and her father decided he no longer wanted her.  So he tells Samson “I really thought that you utterly hated her, so I gave her to your companion”.

Based on Samson’s actions, it was an understandable response.  After all she had manipulated him and Samson was obviously very angry.  But the mistake here was there was no communication.  That is so often the root of all misunderstandings and conflict.  We simply don’t talk about things that matter.  We make assumptions and decide what someone else thinks without ever uttering a word to get clarification.  If we all just worked on this one simple area – to understand and be understood – we would change the world overnight.  But Samson just acted with determination to get even with the Philistines and his new father in law interpreted that as no longer wanting his daughter as his wife, so he gave her to someone else.

It didn’t sit well with Samson.  He may have flew off in a rage of anger, but after some time and cooling down he came back to claim his wife.  But it was too late.  So he decides to get event.  “Samson went and caught 300 foxes and took torches. And he turned them tail to tail and put a torch between each pair of tails”.  Pretty creative way to cause mayhem and destruction.  They find out it was Samson’s doing and the root of the reason why – and they take revenge on his wife and family – “came up and burned her and her father with fire

So the Philistines come to the tribe of Judah looking for Samson.  They aren’t done yet.  He has hidden himself away.  But his people come and tell him they have to bring him to their captors.  “We will only bind you and give you into their hands. We will surely not kill you”.  Samson agrees to go as he doesn’t want his people to be punished for his actions.  So they took him to the Philistines, but as he approached them and they were yelling at him, “the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him….he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey….he struck 1,000 men”.  God empowered him and he destroyed a number of the enemy.  At that point “he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years”.

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