‘Each of you is tempted when you are dragged away by your own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and ….death.’
We alluded to parallels between Samson and Jesus on Tuesday. Today’s passage is nearly all about the differences between them. Similarities emerge tomorrow. Note God’s mercy to Samson, enabling him to break through the cordon of Gaza’s citizens. Freed from a trap of his own making. Samson is very different from Jesus–but very like us.
Note, too, his recurring failing:women. An emotional bouncy ball, he falls in love again. Another honeytrap is crafted out of Samson’s own folly. He is caught. Note his slow collapse. He finally caves in to the nagging. Rarely is the massive moral collapse of a Christian as sudden it seems. There has almost always been a long trail of little decisions, little gates gone through, each one weakening the moral strength, leaving the right path further and further behind and out of view. The affair, the dismissal, the locks changed. We reach them gradually. How easily Samson ends up bald, blind, bound and wretched. Note the cause of it: the vow that God had commanded before his birth was broken, and the Lord had left him. Here’s the tragic, internal effect of that steady walk away from God’s path: Samson didn’t know that the Lord had left him. Sin and desensitised him to the absence of the Spirit.
Finally, note that the Lord had left him but not forgotten him. The trap has worked in the short term, but it’s not going to work in the long term. God’s mercy has a long reach. His purpose for his people are not yet fulfilled- a true deliver is yet to be nor. Verse 22 leaves a bare, dim light of hope. Samson is still alive, and God’s not finished
Lord, I have been walking through some of these little gates. Rescue me and turn me back to that happy path of righteousness. Show me your mercy. Forgive my sin. Give me again the joy of obedience.