- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Judge 16
Samson and two women.
A prostitute at Gaza— Gaza was another city of the Philistine pentapolis or five-city confederation. Samson’ relation with the prostitute is a typical of his character and the morals of his day. Samson was outrun the Philistines who chased him.
Delilah – Samson fell in love with a Philistine woman, Delilah, who betrayed him. Delilah was Samson’s third Philistine woman, who brought Samson to a tragic end by alluring him to tell the secret of his strength.
Samson’s final act of vengeance was done at the temple of Dagon. Dagon was an ancient Semitic deity whose cult has been adopted by the Philistine after their settlement in the land. Samson’s last strength was given by God when he prayed for it. “for my two eyes,” indicates that his revenge was personal because his two eyes were plucked out by the Philistine. (v.21).
By telling the secret of Nazirite, Samson brought in harm to himself. But when he returned to God, God regained him his strength back, and destroyed Dagon temple, killing more Philistine at his death than while he lived.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?