by Rev Joel Yong
When Samson went to Timnah, he saw a young Philistine woman. He went home and told his father and mother, “I’ve seen a Philistine woman at Timnah. Now get her for me so that I can marry her.” His father and mother asked him, “Aren’t there any women among our relatives or all our people? Do you have to marry a woman from those godless Philistines?” But Samson told his father, “Get her for me! She’s the one I want!”
Samson behaved like a brat.
He wanted something and even if it broke the laws- he wanted to go ahead still.
It was behavior that was consistent with who he was.
Later he went back to marry her. On his way he left the road to look at the lion he had killed. He saw a swarm of bees and some honey in the lion’s dead body. He scraped the honey into his hands and ate it as he walked along. When he came to his father and mother, he gave them some of the honey to eat. He didn’t tell them he had scraped it out of the lion’s dead body.
He even ate honey out of a lion’s corpse, defiling himself even though he was meant to be a Nazirite with special dietary restrictions as a sign of him being set apart as holy for the Lord.
There are many suggested explanations for this. Some scholars have even suggested that as a miracle child who came to a previously childless couple – he was doted upon and spoilt and used to getting his way.
Samson’s life as we would read, was characterised by a lack of boundaries.
He did whatever he pleased and abused his great strength. Thankfully in God’s wisdom- He used Samson despite Samson’s mistakes to achieve God’s plans still in the end.
But Samson paid a high price for reckless living.
He wound up captive to his enemies betrayed by his lover and with his eyes gouged out.
With great power, comes great responsibility.