Again I got another interesting question about Samson. Whether Samson made heaven, because he did not fulfill his ministry because of a Prostitute called Delilah.

And often and again, I have heard preachers use Samson’s life to warn ministers in particular about the danger of Delilah, indicating that Samson died because he was careless with women; Delilah being the capstone of this movement. Literally the way this man is painted you feel pity for him for walking that carelessly. Other feels like “Good for you, idiot”

I have heard people say don’t die with your enemies, but we see Jesus died not only with his enemies but for his enemies. Romans 5:8;

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (KJV)

“For we died and were buried with Him.”

So in my looking at these scriptures I found that there was a divine purpose in the life He lived. Sometimes in our ignorance of God using the interplay of evil to achieve His goals we speak out of content and blame such instrument that He has justified.

So I want to start by looking at why Samson was born and then whether it was a prostitute that killed him in the way we have believed and preached it.

Why the Birth of Samson?

Judges 15:20 “And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years”.

He was born or called as a judge in Israel because of Israel’s greatest enemy, the Philistines. In other words, to lead and protect, save Israel as their leader against the Philistines. Now if this is why he was called by God, the question will be did he fulfill this purpose or not? Did he fail because of women?

We shall deal fully with this later but let’s find out first who Delilah was to Samson whether our picture of him is correct.

Judges 16 1Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her. {harlot: Heb. a woman an harlot} 2And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him. 3And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron. 4And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah”

It was Pastor Chris Ehidiamen who first opened this up to my observation. Look at the verses 1 and then 4. You will notice that there are two persons mentioned. The first one was a prostitute house that he entered into with anger after they gave the first woman (from Timnath, a Philistine) he wanted to marry to his friend. The Philistines tried to kill him there, he left the place at midnight and pulled the gates of the city along with him. He then got to Sorek and find another woman called Delilah.The Bible says “He loved a woman in the valley of Sorek”. This certainly was a Philistine which he took for a wife. Though some feel it was just a concubine

but the first point is, she was not “the Prostitute” neither was she one. Delilah; Samosn’s wife that he loved was used by the Philistines to trap him. They gained access into his life using the love of his life;

Verse 5 “And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver”

So he was simply betrayed by his wife and not a prostitute. The same way Eve was used by the serpent to destroy the lineage of Adam in the Garden.

But again we shall see the mystery why he has to go this way with Delilah.

So what are we saying here? May we be sure of what we are teaching to avoid people saying that the Bible is full of fake stories and contradicting itself. Our inability to do diligent studies is what has led to our preaching with assumptions. Most of what we preach today are the tradition of Elders. No facts but just plain religious Dogma.

Delilah was a not a prostitute please and so Samson didn’t fall in the laps of a prostitute.

To be continued…