WHAT IF GOD HAD NOT ALLOWED
SAMSON TO BE TAKEN BY THE PHILISTINES?
Samson is one of the greatest figures in the Bible. The story of this
great man of God has been told countless times as a story of great courage. Yet,
when looked at closely, one might feel puzzlement at the fact that God would,
seemingly, abandon this great man in the hands of the Philistines who blinded
him, humiliated him and then finally killed him.
What if God had not allowed Samson to be taken? What if He had
delivered him from the Philistines and had not allowed any harm to befall him?
Samson was clearly born to do great things on God’s behalf. He, like
few others, was born miraculously from a woman who could not conceive. He was
set apart by God as a Nazirite and was to leave his hair uncut. Getting his hair
cut would have meant certain loss of his strength. Therefore, revealing this
secret would have placed Samson at great risk.
In chapter 14 of Judges we are told that Samson went down to Timnah
and upon his return home he asked his parents that they get him a specific
Philistine woman as wife (V. 1). His parents reacted negatively and said: “Is
there no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people,
that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?”(V. 3).
Samson did not relent and replied: “Get her for me, for she pleases me well”
Verse 4 clarifies the reason why Samson did not relent: “But his
father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord---that He was seeking an
occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time the Philistines had
dominion over Israel.”
Clearly God was the orchestrator of all those events. He was up to
something big, and Samson was going to be His instrument.
Most know what follows. Samson took several opportunities to agitate
the Philistines and then took advantage of their reaction to defeat them.
Finally, he got involved with Delilah, a cunning, manipulative Philistine woman,
who extracted from him the secret of his strength. As a result, while he was
asleep, his hair was cut, he was captured, his eyes were put out and he was
brought down to Gaza bound with bronze fetters where “he became a grinder in the
prison” (16: 15-21).
With time his hair grew back and so did his strength. One day, the
Lords and a large number of Philistines were celebrating in the temple. The
people asked that Samson be brought to perform for them. Samson asked that he be
placed between two pillars and upon pushing them down the whole temple collapsed
“so the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his
life” (V. 23-30).
What if God had not allowed this scenario? God could have easily
prevented Samson from revealing his secret. He could have sent his angels to
deliver Samson, but he chose not to.
Samson was born to bring about terror among the Philistines, therefore
God allowed certain events to take place and used Samson’s errors and
foolishness to lead to a situation that would humiliate them. It is not
necessary to believe that God inspired every last mistake that Samson made. It
is just as reasonable to assume that God used Samson’s errors or some of his
errors to bring about His aims against the Philistines.
Did God need to have Samson imprisoned? Was there really a need for
his eyes to be taken out? Could not God have used Samson to defeat thousands of
Philistines, including all their lords without Samson’s demise? Of course, He
could have. Yet,
it appears that God allowed Samson a level of choice and that, in having this
freedom, Samson made some very foolish mistakes that he dearly paid for. God can
even use the errors and frailties of his servants to bring about His will. Yet,
He does allow consequences to ensue so as to mature us and transform us.
God could have intervened to protect Samson, but He chose to allow
Samson to go through his crucible so as to be perfected for whatever purpose He
may have had for him in his Kingdom. God used many circumstances to perfect
Samson, and He also used this great servant to bring about the deserved
punishments upon the wicked Philistines.
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