“Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him. Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding in the prison. But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.” – Judges 16:20-22
When I was enduring the horrors of basic training at Fort Jackson, SC, our Drill Sargent used to tell us, “If you want to hear a tune, you have to pay the fiddler.” Now, I understood the definition, but didn’t have the heart to correct him. . . LOL! The correct term was “pay the piper”, and the definition is: To pay a price that you deem high or unfair, but failing to pay the price often results in dire consequences; to bear the unfavorable consequences of one’s actions or pleasures.
This was Samson’s testimony.
Samson grew up in a God fearing home. Both his father and mother were present. As a matter of fact, the angle of the Lord appeared to his mother, and had her make a covenant with God, as her son was to be reared under the Nazarite Law (In the Hebrew Bible, a nazirite or nazarite, (in Hebrew: נזיר, nazir), refers to one who voluntarily took a vow described in Numbers 6:1–21. “Nazarite” comes from the Hebrew word nazir meaning “consecrated” or “separated”. This vow required the man or woman to:
Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, intoxicating liquors, vinegar distilled from such substances, and eating or drinking any substance that contains any trace of grapes.
Refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head; but to allow the locks of the head’s hair to grow.
Not to become ritually impure by contact with corpses or graves, even those of family members.
Samson grew into a male, but his manhood never connected. He had his mother and Pops set up a marriage with somebody he didn’t even know. Then, he tried sex without commitment; he went to bed with a prostitute. Well, marriage didn’t work out, and hooking up with the hooker didn’t pan out either. However, Samson still loved the women. The Holy Writ reminds us, Galatians 5:16 – [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Also, 1 John 2:16 – For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. Samson’s lust was directed towards women. Some of our young men and men, have the same lust, but when combined with:
Lust for money. . . . . Lust for fame. . . . . Lust for power.
The end results are the same; you end up paying the fiddler!
Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu wrote: “his focus was on the outside, the external, and not on the inside, the internal.” Real love is internal; looks and lust are external. In steps Delilah, and the cost associated with her.
1. Sin always takes you farther then you want to go.
Delilah must have been a very beautiful woman because she caught Samson’s eye and he fell in love with her. Because of his deep infatuation with Delilah, Samson went farther than he wanted to go. He had a secret to keep; it was the secret of why he was so strong. The Philistine men wanted to know the secret because they hated Samson. They hated him because he had killed so many of their friends. So the Philistine men convinced Delilah to get him to reveal the secret of his great strength. 3 times she tried and 3 times Samson gave her misleading information about the source of his strength. Finally after the third time Delilah let Samson have it, she said, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me?”
Samson was about to go farther than he wanted to go.
The longer Samson entertained his desires, the longer he gave into the temptation of being with Delilah the more willing he was to reveal the secret of his great strength.
He knew that he was set apart. He knew that he was chosen by God. He knew that he was to deliver Israel. And yet sin was taking him farther than he wanted to go. His lust for Delilah was controlling him. Instead of having his eyes focused on the source of his strength Samson was focused on something that brought him momentary pleasure. The longer he stayed with Delilah the easier it became to sin.
Our young men and men out in the streets, might start off with a little gang in middle school, and end up joining a full fledge street gang by 16 years of age. Might start out shoplifting Duncan yo-yo’s and end up robbing banks, breaking and entering. Might start out sipping wine coolers and end up drinking hard alcohol for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
2. Sin keeps you longer than you want to stay.
Not only did his sin take him farther than he wanted to go, it also kept him longer than he wanted to stay.
By giving into Delilah, Samson lost his power. When he lost his power the Philistines were then able to overtake him, gouge his eyes out, and throw him into prison where he would push a grinding stone until he died.
The longer we stay in our sin the more we are bound by it. There comes a point in time when we become prisoner to sin. We are entrapped by it and unable to escape it.
The Apostle Paul explains it like this, “We do the things we don’t want to do and don’t do the things we want to do.”
Because of sin, Samson was a prisoner. His sin was more important to him than God was and it was. Sin will bind you. Sin will blind you. Sin will imprison you. Sin will make you entertain the devil.
3. Sin will always cost you more then you want to pay.
God had a great plan for Samson. He was to deliver the people from the hands of the Philistines but instead of being all that God wanted him to be, Samson was thrown into prison and then killed in one last attempt to strike at the Philistines.
Samson died. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Men. God has a plan for all of us! Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Sin cost Samson more than he was willing to pay. It cost him his life. Sin took Samson farther than he wanted to go, kept him longer than he wanted to stay, and cost him more than he wanted to pay. And sin does the same thing to you and me.
If you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior you have never asked God to forgive you of your sins. Sin is controlling you. You may not even realize that it is controlling you but the fact is, your eyes are not on Jesus and you have not been washed by His blood. The Apostle John reminds us, “If the Son sets you free then you are free indeed.”
We may fall from time to time, we may lose a battle now and then, but the more we fix our eyes on Jesus the easier it gets to say no to temptation.
When we are tempted to sin let us remember that there is always a way out and that way is through Jesus.
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13