March 22 – Judges 14:8-20


March 22 – Judges 14:8-20

After some days he returned to take her. And he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey. He scraped it out into his hands and went on, eating as he went. And he came to his father and mother and gave some to them, and they ate. But he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey from the carcass of the lion.

10 His father went down to the woman, and Samson prepared a feast there, for so the young men used to do. 11 As soon as the people saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12 And Samson said to them, “Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can tell me what it is, within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes, 13 but if you cannot tell me what it is, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes.” And they said to him, “Put your riddle, that we may hear it.” 14 And he said to them,

“Out of the eater came something to eat.
Out of the strong came something sweet.”

And in three days they could not solve the riddle.

15 On the fourth day they said to Samson's wife, “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?” 16 And Samson's wife wept over him and said, “You only hate me; you do not love me. You have put a riddle to my people, and you have not told me what it is.” And he said to her, “Behold, I have not told my father nor my mother, and shall I tell you?” 17 She wept before him the seven days that their feast lasted, and on the seventh day he told her, because she pressed him hard. Then she told the riddle to her people. 18 And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,

“What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?”

And he said to them,

“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
you would not have found out my riddle.”

19 And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon and struck down thirty men of the town and took their spoil and gave the garments to those who had told the riddle. In hot anger he went back to his father's house. 20 And Samson's wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.

There is so much packed in these verses.  First Samson agreed to a wife and a wedding that wasn’t of Hebrew tradition and then he trusts his new wife and she betrays him. 

Can God use Samson although he made poor decisions?  I am so glad that God can use us even after we have made mistakes.

Have you ever been betrayed by someone you trusted?  It is so hurtful, and can cause us harm not only in our feelings, but hurt our witness and our reputation.  The thing we know though is th One we can always trust in is God.  He will never lead us astray or betray us.

Father in Heaven, You are the one and only that we can always have full trust in.  I’m so glad I can say You are always there.  I know there have been times in my life that I haven’t relied on You and those times were the most lonely because when I set You aside in my mind, You aren’t there to lean on and depend on.  Thank You for taking me back in all the times I have set You aside in my heart and put myself first.  Thank You for forgiving me when I have disappointed You and been disobedient.  Thank You for Your grace and mercy.

In Jesus’ name.




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