Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
Revenge for wife with 300 foxes
This second problem follows the first. After he married his wife, he just went off and left her. With no telephone in sight, what was the father to think of their deserted daughter? She brought public ridicule to Samson. His parents figured that Samson didn't want her at all and gave her to Samson's best friend! God used this to stir up Samson's wrath.
Samson in a spirit of revenge ingeniously and powerfully captures 300 foxes. He ties each pair together with a burning torch, and sets them free into the Philistine fields. After the Philistines caught wind of their damaged crops, they destroyed Samson's wife's family. Evidently, Samson gave up on family and life and went to live in a deserted place.
The story continues as 3000 men of Judah call for Samson to give himself to the Philistines. What comradeship! Instead of leading the armies of Israel, he hands himself over to the Israelites so that the Philistines can capture him. However, after they capture him, the Spirit of God comes upon him. The ropes snap and with a jawbone Samson kills 1000 Philistines. Samson finally got revenge for his in-laws betrayal. Something much greater could have been done had he not sinned in his selfish anger.
Revenge for sight with 3000 nobles
This famous story of Delilah's web to snare Samson has gone popular in movie form. The more the story progresses, the more dumbfounded the reader gets over the blindness of Samson. In the end God uses the secret information that Delilah got out of Samson to capture him. His hair is cut! His strength is gone. The Philistines gouged his eyes out and mocked him by putting him to work grinding grain. However, Samson's hair begins to grow again. He pulls the pillars down of the great assembly hall killing 3000 people including himself. This was a great climax, but there could have been a much better way had he obeyed the Lord.
We find that there is no such thing as secular life. God interweaves His judgment and will into life itself. He is intimately involved in His people's lives. . The operating principle is clearly stated in Galatians 6:7-8.
Do not be deceived,
God is not mocked;
for whatever a man sows,
this he will also reap.
For the one who sows to his own flesh
shall from the flesh reap corruption,
but the one who sows to the Spirit
shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.
God masterfully intertwines the events of the world with the lives of His people. If they sin, then they will suffer. But if they obey, they will greatly reap wonderful rewards by God Himself. The fact is that many cannot see God's involvement in the world's events and so laugh at God. They will be like Samson looking back in life dreading the decisions they have made. God is not mocked. Next
Biblical Foundations for Freedom
Paul J. Bucknell