Judges 16:1 -2 "Samson went to Gaza and saw a prostitute. He went to her. "
Do you notice how much time there is between those two sentences? He saw her. He went in to her. No reflection. No praying. No thinking. (He was thinking, all right. With the little brain between his legs.)
Didn't consult. Didn't pause to decide if it was dangerous or not. If it was smart or not.
She's beautiful. He's horny. Said and done.
Well, the Philistines didn't waste any time at all. "The news got around: "Samson's here." They gathered around in hiding, waiting all night for him at the city gate, quiet as mice, thinking, "At sunrise we'll kill him."
3 Samson was in bed with the woman until midnight. Then he got up, seized the doors of the city gate and the two gateposts, bolts and all, hefted them on his shoulder, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron."
Well. That was that. Over and done. No harm no foul.
4 -5 "Some time later he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek (Grapes). Her name was Delilah."
So - he was a judge in Israel for 20 years. The ruler of the country. God gave them peace under his leadership.
Did he not even NOTICE the girls of Israel? Not once does he appear to be interested in anyone from his own country.
This following story is famous. How does a cute girl, with fluttering eyelids, bring down the leader of a country, the strongest man in the world, a man over whom God has shed His grace and power? Easy! SEX!
"The Philistine tyrants approached her and said, "Seduce him. Discover what's behind his great strength and how we can tie him up and humble him. Each man's company will give you a hundred shekels of silver."
6 So Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me, dear, the secret of your great strength, and how you can be tied up and humbled."
She wastes no time, and does not beat around the bush. I'll tell you - the guy must have been in heat! There is no other way to explain how stupid he is!!!
"Tell me, dear, the secret of your great strength, and how you can be tied up and humbled."
I want to kill you. Would you help me, please? Please?
We know the story. She keeps badgering him, probably bargaining sex for information.
Three times she gets the information from him and acts on it. Three times it is wrong.
16 -17 "She kept at it day after day, nagging and tormenting him. Finally, he was fed up—he couldn't take another minute of it. He spilled it.
He told her, "A razor has never touched my head. I've been God's Nazirite from conception. If I were shaved, my strength would leave me; I would be as helpless as any other mortal."
18 When Delilah realized that he had told her his secret, she sent for the Philistine tyrants, telling them, "Come quickly—this time he's told me the truth." They came, bringing the bribe money."
His hair is cut off. He is overtaken, his eyes gouged out, put in chains, and made to work as a slave for the Philistines.
Eventually his hair grows back. He is brought in to be taunted and tormented at a big festival to a heathen god. The final act of his life - blind, in chains and in slavery - is to cry out to God once again.
He toppled the central pillars of the building, it falls down, killing him and the others there. "He killed more people in his death than he had killed in his life. "
Sad end to a life with so much promise!