Samson’s experience – What should we learn from it?
God tells us, in the bible: “All these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. » – 1 Corinthians 10:11 (KJV) – see also Romans 15:4a
Let us have a look at a few verses relating to Samson’s life:
“Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.” – Judges 16:1 (KJV)
“And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. (…) But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.” – Judges 16:19 and 21 (KJV)
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” – Revelation 3:17 (KJV)
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” – Revelation 12:17 (KJV)
Could there be any parallels between Samson and God’s end-time people? Here are some possible parallels (Note: Some of the below points are based on a sermon found on audioverse.org.):
1) Samson went to see a prostitute. We could say that he formed an alliance with her. In bible language, a pure woman is the symbol for Christ’s church (see note No. 1). Thus, a prostitute has to be the symbol for an unfaithful church, for a fallen church (a church that has fallen away from bible truth). What about God’s endtime people? Has God’s people entered into alliances with other churches? Note: This interpretation applies to some countries. It might not apply to the current situation in your country.
2) Samson had long hair, seven (7!) locks. His hairstyle was different from that of those around him. Does God’s endtime people have different views with regards to what the bible teaches (compared to other churches)? What are the locks of God’s people? The answer: The heavenly sanctuary, the Sabbath, a mortal soul, the foot washing (as part of the Lord’s Supper), the Spirit of Prophecy, the three angel’s calling (Rev. 14:6-12), Christ’s soon return (Rev. 14:14 and 22:20).
3) The prostitute’s goal was to cut off the looks – i.e. to put aside all (theological) differences.
4) Unfortunately, Samson fell into the trap – and he paid the price: He lost his eyesight (his spiritual discernment). How does the bible describe God’s endtime people? Let us look at Revelation 3:17b: “Blind”. This is the result of Satan’s war against God’s people (see Revelation 12:17).
5) Samson became a slave. As such, we can imagine that he was scarcely clad (almost naked). On top of this, being a slave, he was certainly poor. Thus, we can say that he was in a miserable condition. What about God’s people? Have a look at Revelation 3:17b (see above)…
6) Samson ended up repenting (see note No. 2). If this story applies to God’s end time people, we can be assured that God’s people too will experience true repentance.
In concluding, it can be said that the fact that God knew all of this in advance is something very comforting and reassuring. It shows us, that he must still have a special interest in his people – and that God himself will be victorious!
(1) Isaiah 54:5; Revelation 12:1-6; Revelation 19:7-9
(2) Judges 16:28; Hebrews 11:32
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