Judges 14* Samson desires a wife of the Philistines. (1-4) Samson kills alion. (5-9) Samson's riddle. (10-20)1-4 As far as Samson's marriage was a common case, it was weakand foolish of him to set his affections upon a daughter of thePhilistines. Shall one, not only an Israelite, but a Nazarite,devoted to the Lord, covet to become one with a worshipper ofDagon? It does not appear that he had any reason to think herwise or virtuous, or any way likely to be a help meet for him;but he saw something in her agreeable to his fancy. He that, inthe choice of a wife, is only guided by his eye, and governed byhis fancy, must afterwards thank himself if he find a Philistinein his arms. Yet it was well done not to proceed till Samson hadmade his parents acquainted with the matter. Children ought notto marry, nor to move towards it, without the advice and consentof their parents. Samson's parents did well to dissuade him fromyoking himself unequally with unbelievers. It seems that itpleased God to leave Samson to follow his own inclinations,intending to bring out good from his conduct; and his parentsconsented, because he was bent upon it. However, his example isnot recorded for us to do likewise. 5-9 By enabling him to kill a lion, God let Samson know what hecould do in the strength of the Spirit of the Lord, that hemight never be afraid to look the greatest difficulties in theface. He was alone in the vineyards, whither he had rambled.Young people consider not how they exposed themselves to theroaring lion that seeks to devour, when they wander from theirprudent, pious parents. Nor do men consider what lions lurk inthe vineyards, the vineyards of red wines. Our Lord Jesus havingconquered Satan, that roaring lion, believers, like Samson, findhoney in the carcass abundant strength and satisfaction, enoughfor themselves, and for all their friends. 10-20 Samson's riddle literally meant no more than that he hadgot honey, for food and for pleasure, from the lion, which inits strength and fury was ready to devour him. But the victoryof Christ over Satan, by means of his humiliation, agonies, anddeath, and the exaltation that followed to him, with the glorythence to the Father, and spiritual advantages to his people,seem directly alluded to. And even death, that devouringmonster, being robbed of his sting, and stripped of his horror,forwards the soul to the realms of bliss. In these and othersenses, out of the eater comes forth meat, and out of thestrong, sweetness. Samson's companions obliged his wife to getthe explanation from him. A worldly wife, or a worldly friend,is to a godly man as an enemy in the camp, who will watch everyopportunity to betray him. No union can be comfortable orlasting, where secrets cannot be intrusted, without danger ofbeing divulged. Satan, in his temptations, could not do us themischief he does, if he did not plough with the heifer of ourcorrupt nature. His chief advantage against us arises from hiscorrespondence with our deceitful hearts and inbred lusts. Thisproved an occasion of weaning Samson from his new relations. Itwere well for us, if the unkindness we meet with from the world,and our disappointments in it, obliged us by faith and prayer toreturn to our heavenly Father's house, and to rest there. Seehow little confidence is to be put in man. Whatever pretence offriendship may be made, a real Philistine will soon be weary ofa true Israelite.
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