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Delilah: Her story is told in Judges 16

DELILAH:  A person’s greatest accomplishment may well be helping others accomplish great things.  Likewise, a person’s greatest failure may be preventing others from achieving greatness.  Delilah played a minor role in Samson’s life, but her effect was devastating, for she influenced him to betray his special calling from God.  Motivated by greed, Delilah used her persistence to wear down Samson.  His infatuation with her maid Samson a vulnerable target.  For all his physical strength, he was no match for her, and he paid a great price for giving into her.  Delilah is never mentioned again in the Bible.  Her unfaithfulness to Samson brought ruin to him and to her people.

Lets Bring it Home:  Are people helped by knowing you?  Do they find that knowing you challenges them to be the best they can be?  Even more important does knowing you help their relationship with God?  What do your demands for their time and attention tell them about you real care for them?  Are you willing to be God’s instrument in the lives of others?

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Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:20 Having put him to sleep on her lap, she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him.  And his strength left him. 

Delilah was a deceitful woman with honey on her lips and poison in her heart.  Cold and manipulative, she toyed with Samson, pretending to love him while looking for personal gain.  How could Samson be so foolish?  Four times Delilah took advantage of him.  If he didn’t realize what was happening after the first or second experience, surely he should have understood the situation by the fourth time!

Lets Bring it Home: We think Samson is foolish, but how many times do we allow ourselves to be deceived by flattery and give into to temptation and wrong beliefs?  Avoid falling prey to deceit by asking God to help you distinguish between deception and truth.

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Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:16-17 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.  So he told her everything.  “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite set apart to God since birth.  If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.”

Delilah kept asking Samson for the secret of his strength until he finally grew tired of hearing her nagging and gave in.  This was the second time that Samson allowed himself to be worn down by constant nagging (14:17).  What a pitiful excuse for disobedience.

Lets Bring it Home: Don’t allow anyone, no matter how attractive, persuasive, or persistent-to talk you into doing wrong.

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Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:04-05 Sometime later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sroek whose name was Delilah.  The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him.  Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.   

Judges 16:15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, I love you, when you won’t confide in me?  This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.”

Samson was deceived because he wanted to believe Delilah’s lies.  Although he could strangle a lion, he could not smother his burning lust and see Delilah for who she really was.

Lets Bring it Home: How can you keep your desire for love and sexual pleasure from deceiving you?

1) You must decide what kind of a person you will love before passion takes over.  Determine whether a person’s character and faith in God are as desirable as his or her physical appearance.

2) Because most of the time you spend with your spouse will not involve sex, your companion’s personality, temperament, and commitment to solve problems must be as gratifying as his or her kisses.

3) Be patient.  Time and observation often reveal what is beneath the pleasant appearance and attentive touch.

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Judges 5 The Song of Deborah
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Music and singing were a cherished part of Israel’s culture.  Chapter 5 is a song, possibly composed and sung by Deborah and Barak.  It sets to music the story of Israel’s great victory recounted in Chapter 4. This victory song was accompanied by joyous celebration.  It proclaimed God’s greatness by giving him credit for the victory.  It was an excellent way to preserve and retell this wonderful story from generation to generation.

In Victory, Barak and Deborah sang praises to God.  Songs of praise focus our attention on God, give us an outlet for spiritual celebration, and remind us of God’s faithfulness and character.  Whether you are experiencing a great victory or a major dilemma, singing praises to God can have a positive effect on your attitude.

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Deborah and Barak

Judges 4:6-8 She (Deborah) sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you; Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor. I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.” Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”

Was Barak cowardly or just in need of support? We don’t know Barak’s character, but we see the character of a great leader in Deborah, who took charge as God directed. Deborah told Barak that God would be with him in battle, but that was not enough for Barak. He wanted Deborah to go with him. Barak’s request shows that at heart he trusted human strength more than God’s promise. A person of real faith steps out at God’s command, even if he or she must do so alone.