Each time I read the historical story associated with Samson I can’t help but reflect on his stupidity! Whatever is to be said about Delilah, or any other person in Judges 13-16, it’s Samson who plays with fires and gets burned. As much as I marvel at Samson, I learn that what plagued a people then plagues us as well: a failure to understand what love is and does. Delilah sold her dignity and defined her actions as “love” toward Samson, but Samson didn’t have the wisdom to see that she was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He didn’t see it because he evidently thought that “love” would not betray him. When example after example presented itself he dismissed it because God, he thought, loved him and would not leave him. A misunderstanding of love results in a misapplication of the same. Love does not manipulate, does not betray, and will not suffer fools. Love will, however, instruct, persuade, hold in confidence, and correct the foolish. God did.
The Lord raised up Samson to begin to deliver Israel from Philistine bondage, but Samson’s tactic were his own. Because he used poor judgment, four Philistine women played significant roles in Samson’s life; it was the fourth that brought him to his knees. Many men love bravado, and there is something about two roosters posturing themselves for the showdown; a cunning female, however, can bring a man down much quicker than a jousting match. “Samson, when strong and brave, strangled a lion; but he could not strangle his own love. He burst the fetters of his foes, but not the cords of his own lusts. He burned up the crops of others, and lost the fruit of his own virtue when burning with the flame enkindled by a single woman” (Ambros. Apol. ii., David. c. iii.—cited from Keil & Delitzsch’s Commentary on Judges 16). RT