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Samson – Day 24

Judges 16:10-11

Then Delilah said to Samson, “You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied.” He said, “If anyone ties me securely with new ropes that have never been used, I’ll become as weak as any other man.”

The Thought

This accusation from Samson’s lover that he had made a fool of her did not seem to bother Samson. In fact nothing seemed to disturb him. He knew the secret of his own strength and had no intention of telling that secret to anyone. Maybe he enjoyed playing this “game” with Delilah, and was teasing her. But she believed him, and the next verse tells us that she repeated the same process.

So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads (Judges 16:12).

Why was Samson not aware of what she was doing? In my small logical mind, I cannot imagine anyone being tied up while they are asleep. Maybe he was drunk? Nor can I imagine having men hidden in a bedroom without being detected. The Bible gives us very few of the important details of Samson’s story.


Think today about the men hidden in Samson’s room. This has happened twice so far in this Bible account. Do you think these Philistines were enjoying the game? Were they fearing for their lives? Did they die? Or did they flee for their lives? How did they feel when the plan didn’t work?

Can you remember a time in your life when your plans didn’t work out? Looking back was that a good thing or a bad thing?

Remember that God has plans for you. “I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Read Jeremiah 29 today and be encouraged.

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