Judges 16* Samson's escape from Gaza. (1-3) Samson enticed to declare hisstrength lay. (4-17) The Philistines take Samson, and put outhis eyes. (18-21) Samson's strength is renewed. (22-24) Hedestroys many of the Philistines. (25-31)1-3 Hitherto Samson's character has appeared glorious, thoughuncommon. In this chapter we find him behaving in so wicked amanner, that many question whether or not he were a godly man.But the apostle has determined this, #Heb 11:32|. By advertingto the doctrines and examples of Scripture, the artifices ofSatan, the deceitfulness of the human heart, and the methods inwhich the Lord frequently deals with his people, we may learnuseful lessons from this history, at which some needlesslystumble, while others cavil and object. The peculiar time inwhich Samson lived may account for many things, which, if donein our time, and without the special appointment of Heaven,would be highly criminal. And there might have been in him manyexercises of piety, which, if recorded, would have reflected adifferent light upon his character. Observe Samson's danger. Ohthat all who indulge their sensual appetites in drunkenness, orany fleshly lusts, would see themselves thus surrounded,way-laid, and marked for ruin by their spiritual enemies! Thefaster they sleep, the more secure they feel, the greater theirdanger. We hope it was with a pious resolution not to return tohis sin, that he rose under a fear of the danger he was in. CanI be safe under this guilt? It was bad that he lay down withoutsuch checks; but it would have been worse, if he had laid stillunder them. 4-17 Samson had been more than once brought into mischief anddanger by the love of women, yet he would not take warning, butis again taken in the same snare, and this third time is fatal.Licentiousness is one of the things that take away the heart.This is a deep pit into which many have fallen; but from whichfew have escaped, and those by a miracle of mercy, with the lossof reputation and usefulness, of almost all, except their souls.The anguish of the suffering is ten thousand times greater thanall the pleasures of the sin. 18-21 See the fatal effects of false security. Satan ruins menby flattering them into a good opinion of their own safety, andso bringing them to mind nothing, and fear nothing; and then herobs them of their strength and honour, and leads them captiveat his will. When we sleep our spiritual enemies do not.Samson's eyes were the inlets of his sin, (ver. #1|,) and nowhis punishment began there. Now the Philistines blinded him, hehad time to remember how his own lust had before blinded him.The best way to preserve the eyes, is, to turn them away frombeholding vanity. Take warning by his fall, carefully to watchagainst all fleshly lusts; for all our glory is gone, and ourdefence departed from us, when our separation to God, asspiritual Nazarites, is profaned. 22-24 Samson's afflictions were the means of bringing him todeep repentance. By the loss of his bodily sight the eyes of hisunderstanding were opened; and by depriving him of bodilystrength, the Lord was pleased to renew his spiritual strength.The Lord permits some few to wander wide and sink deep, yet herecovers them at last, and marking his displeasure at sin intheir severe temporal sufferings, preserves them from sinkinginto the pit of destruction. Hypocrites may abuse theseexamples, and infidels mock at them, but true Christians willthereby be rendered more humble, watchful, and circumspect; moresimple in their dependence on the Lord, more fervent in prayerto be kept from falling, and in praise for being preserved; and,if they fall, they will be kept from sinking into despair. 25-31 Nothing fills up the sins of any person or people fasterthan mocking and misusing the servants of God, even thought itis by their own folly that they are brought low. God put it intoSamson's heart, as a public person, thus to avenge on them God'squarrel, Israel's, and his own. That strength which he had lostby sin, he recovers by prayer. That it was not from passion orpersonal revenge, but from holy zeal for the glory of God andIsrael, appears from God's accepting and answering the prayer.The house was pulled down, not by the natural strength ofSamson, but by the almighty power of God. In his case it wasright he should avenge the cause of God and Israel. Nor is he tobe accused of self-murder. He sought not his own death, butIsrael's deliverance, and the destruction of their enemies. ThusSamson died in bonds, and among the Philistines, as an awfulrebuke for his sins; but he died repentant. The effects of hisdeath typified those of the death of Christ, who, of his ownwill, laid down his life among transgressors, and thusoverturned the foundation of Satan's kingdom, and provided forthe deliverance of his people. Great as was the sin of Samson,and justly as he deserved the judgments he brought upon himself,he found mercy of the Lord at last; and every penitent shallobtain mercy, who flees for refuge to that Saviour whose bloodcleanses from all sin. But here is nothing to encourage any toindulge sin, from a hope they shall at last repent and be saved.
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