Bible Study Lesson — Judges 14:1-11
Let’s walk through the chain of events leading up to the destruction of Samson. The destruction began because he took a wife from among the mortal enemies of Israel.
Who Was Samson’s Wife? He Marries a Philistine Woman
Then Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines.
So he came back and told his father and mother, “I saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.”
Then his father and his mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?”
But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she looks good to me.”
However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.
Then Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came as far as the vineyards of Timnah; and behold, a young lion came roaring toward him.
The Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily, so that he tore him as one tears a young goat though he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done.
So he went down and talked to the woman; and she looked good to Samson.
When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.
So he scraped the honey into his hands and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they ate it; but he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion.
Then his father went down to the woman; and Samson made a feast there, for the young men customarily did this.
When they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him. – Judges 14:1-11 NASB
Was Samson Wrong to Take a Philistine as His Wife?
Of course he was. According to Exodus 34:15-17 no son of Israel should take a wife from the pagans. One reason was that the son might fall victim to the false gods of the tribe “and his daughters might play the harlot” which is ultimately what happened to Samson.
“Keep Your Enemies Close”
This quote from the movie: “The Godfather” was made by the Don when talking to his son. But, this does not hold up in the cases read from the Bible as nothing good ever came from marrying into the pagan nations.
Samson went against his parents wishes as well as God’s law when he married the Philistine woman – and he would later pay dearly for his actions.
Why Did Samson’s Father Consent?
This is an unanswered question. There may be an explanation but I was not able to find a reason. The verse simply states that; “his father went down to the woman; and Samson made a feast there..” so consent is implied.
What about our actions? Have you ever done anything in the past that now affects the present – and will even affect the future of your children and grandchildren?
So, before we make a major life decision, let’s consider how it will affect our lives – and the future lives of our children. Is this decision within God’s will for us? Maybe prayer will provide the answer.
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 here.
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