Gave grief to numerous friends;
But one day when a visitor came by
He brought their sadness to an end;
From the busy seaport town,
Fame spread down through the ages;
Inspiring even to us today
An example from New Testament pages.
Think you know the answer to this riddle? You can find it by searching the Scripture.
There was a man in the Bible, who made up a riddle to confound the Philistines. That man was the strong man Samson. His riddle was inspired during a trip to claim a wife of the Philistines.
When a lion attacked, he killed it with his bare hands. Later when he went back to get his wife, he saw that the lion’s carcass was alive with a swarm of bees and there was honey. He ate the honey and gave some, also, to his parents.
Later, at the feast made for himself, he proposed the riddle and promised 30 shirts and 30 changes of garments if anyone could solve it in seven days.
“Out of the eater came forth meat,
And out of the strong came forth sweetness.”
When the time was up and no one had solved the riddle, Samson’s wife was told to entice Samson to tell her the answer. Her life and her family’s lives were threatened.
With crying, she convinced Samson to tell her the answer. But it ended with death for her.
Samson turned to Delilah, but his troubles with the Philistines were just beginning. This time, they sought the secret of his power and strength and paid Delilah to get the information from him. Samson went through a list of what would overcome him and each time, would prevail against every means the Philistines used.
Delilah implored him with the words, “Thou hast mocked me three times” and asked how he could love her.
You know the ending. After Delilah had his head shaved, Samson was bound, his eyes punched out and he was shackled to do the work of a beast. His strength was gone and he was the object of mockery and sport.
At the last, in desperation, he called out to God, “Remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me.”
His last words were, “Let me die with the Philistines,” and as his strength returned, he pulled the pillars of the temple down.
So what can we learn from Samson’s story?
Don’t be enticed by soft words, flattery or intimidation. Don’t trust the enemy. Don’t break your vow to the Lord. Don’t seek vengeance for self. Don’t get comfortable in the devil’s territory.
So much for the “Don’ts.”
Look at the positives in his life. He judged Israel (southwest) for 20 years during their servitude to the Philistines. He was the fulfillment of the promise of God to deliver Israel.
Samson was blessed of the Lord as he grew up. He had strength that he used for the glory of God, and his name is written in the “Faith Hall of Fame” (Hebrews 11:32).
And as we remember Samson, we need to make right choices. A person can’t play games with his life; he can’t make deals with the enemy and expect all to be well.
Jesus tells us in John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
Note: The first to email the answer to the riddle (above) to me will receive the newly released “Taste of Hope” cookbook with recipes submitted by cancer survivors: firstname.lastname@example.org.