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Would You Have Done What Delilah Did?

 

Our immediate reaction to that question is: “Of course not!”  But wait. Take a closer look at the situation with Delilah, which led to her betrayal of Samson. There is some debate regarding whether or not Delilah was a Philistine. She lived in the Philistine territory known as Sorek, located between the Israelite camp and the Philistines.

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It is unlikely that an Israelite woman would have ventured away from her people, so, in writing NarroWay's SAMSON, Delilah is portrayed as a Philistine. 

Judges 16: 4-5
"After this it came about that he (Samson) loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. The lord of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, 'Entice him, and see where his great strength lies and how we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him. Then we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver." (NASB)
 
WHO KNOCKED ON DELILAH'S DOOR?
The rulers of her nation.
Philistia was comprised of five principle cities; thus, there was one lord over each.
 
philistine rulersLeave ancient history and think about yourself. Imagine there's a knock at your door. You open it to find several darkly clad men who declare themselves to be secret service agents. They invite themselves in, along with their company, who just happen to be the five most influential leaders of the United States of America. You can't hide your fear. Your knees are weak.
 
Why are they at your home? They are there to tell you that the person you are in love with is public-enemy number 1 of America. They not only consider your loved one an imminent threat to your nation, but they have proof he or she has already killed many. 
Did Delilah think she had a choice?
 
WHAT DID THEY ASK DELILAH TO DO? 
They didn't ask her to kill him! They asked her merely to find out his secret and then tell them. Find out the secret weapon he was using against her country. That's all. By doing so, she would save thousands of lives?
Did Delilah think she was doing the right thing?
 
WHAT DID THEY SAY THEY WERE GOING TO DO TO SAMSON?
Notice in the scripture that the lords were cautious about what they told Delilah they would do to Samson once she revealed his secret. They said they would "bind him to afflict him." The Hebrew word translated "afflict" literally means "to be bowed down."
That's a far cry from poking out both his eyes, shackling him in bronze, and forcing him to drag a grinding stone within a filthy prison for the rest of his life. 
Instead, they chose their words to Delilah very carefully; indicating it would result in nothing more than a tongue-lashing and slap to his wrist. 
Did Delilah have any idea that her actions would have disastrous consequences?
 
WHAT DID THEY OFFER DELILAH?
Judges 17:10 notes that 10 shekels of silver was given to a certain man as a year's salary. According to that figure, 1100 shekels would have amounted to a year's wage for 110 years! Now multiply that by the five lords, who each promised her 1100 shekels of silver, for a whopping 5500 shekels of silver! And Delilah is RICH!
Wealth!! Financial security for a struggling single woman who had perhaps known nothing but poverty all of her life. 
Throughout time, how many people have sold out family, friends, and above all, their relationship with the Lord for far less than 5500 shekels of silver. The Almighty Dollar has always been the supreme being for some. 
Money has parted the best of friends, broken up families, motivated people to take their own lives, brought down institutions, and torn apart churches. 
It's called greed! Greed sounds like such a monster of a word. Like, you would only find a few people so horrible as to be referred to as "greedy". But look at the definition of greed - a selfish and excessive desire for more of something than is needed. 
delilah samson 
... Uh oh!
SO...
For fear of authorities...
For love of country...
For thoughts of being the hero who could save the day...
For dreams of financial freedom...
 
WOULD YOU HAVE DONE WHAT DELILAH DID?
 
Come see NarroWay's SAMSON and you will see yourself. 
 

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Guest - Anonymous on Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:06

She loved her nation BUT she loved the money far more than Samson !!!

She loved her nation BUT she loved the money far more than Samson !!!
Guest - Anonymous on Wednesday, 06 April 2016 07:00

Very great insight!!!!! We all may have done the exact same thing. Lord help us all to make the right choices in life. What great writing!!!!

Very great insight!!!!! We all may have done the exact same thing. Lord help us all to make the right choices in life. What great writing!!!!
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