Judges 15 Commentary
One can decide to focus on the awesome strength of Samson and never get disappointed. Imagine the strength of a single man who rounds up a pack of 300 foxes! Most men will have problems catching one chicken! It took three thousand men from Judah to ask him to surrender to the Philistines. And how happy he was to have yet another opportunity to avenge himself on the Philistines.
The story of Samson it telling us a lot more than just the escapades of a morally weak but physically strong man. Of course, there is an important message that physical strength can always be outdone by moral weakness. But the meat in the message is that with the LORD, Israel is as strong as Samson. One would put a thousand to flight. The LORD is demonstrating the vast possibilities available to Israel if Israel lives a life of dedication to the LORD.
The many things wrong about Samson are the many things wrong about Israel.
This chapter records three battles and consequently three moments of victory for Israel. We notice that these attacks are one-man attacks. This in itself reflects Samson’s lack of leadership sense. Later in the Book of Samuel, we shall see how the Philistines build a successful military team around Goliath. But Samson is Samson. His strength doesn’t become Israel’s. Samson is a very good example of how one should not use their gift.
Look at the battles again. Look at the strength of Samson. Israel was going to be completely free of enemy oppression had Samson possessed even a pint of substance in him. Our individual talents can achieve more if packaged with the right ambition. Who doesn’t feel bad about Samson’s wasted gift?
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