Although there are few dangerous women recorded in the Bible, Delilah stands as one of the most prominent of them all. She was famous for being the reason Samson fell from grace, however, she can’t be blamed for all atrocities that she committed. To start with, not all women are Delilah. So, she is obliviously not a representation of women in general.
Delilah was a woman who made and used every trick to get things in her own way. There is something for us to know: Although we might want something very desperately in life, using illicit means such as sin, deceit, and confusion to create or get such things is sinful before God. One would expect Delilah to end up in hell after all she did. There are lessons to be learned from the story of Delilah.
Delilah didn’t look for Samson
One day when Samson was in Timnah, one of the Philistine women caught his eye. When he returned home, he told his father and mother, “A young Philistine woman in Timnah caught my eye. I want to marry her. Get her for me.” His father and mother objected. “Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry?” they asked. “Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?” But Samson told his father, “Get her for me! She looks good to me.” His father and mother didn’t realize the Lord was at work in this, creating an opportunity to work against the Philistines, who ruled over Israel at that time.
Judges 14:1-4 (NLT)
Here is what makes this story very pathetic. There is no evidence in the scriptures that show that Delilah was the one that introduced herself to Samson. It was Samson’s deliberate attempt to go outside of God’s will and marry a woman in Sorek to his detriment that led to his downfall. Samson sought for Delilah despite his parent’s disapproval. This is the story of a person who deliberately disobeyed God and yet said that Satan made him do it. Though she wasn’t morally good, Delilah herself was under the influence of the Philistines who wanted to kill Samson by at all costs. But who is to be blamed for all this? Samson, of course! You have to be careful of your actions because you are responsible for your own sin.
Delilah was diabolical
Then Delilah said, “You’ve been making fun of me and telling me lies! Now tell me how you can be tied up securely.” Samson replied, “If you were to weave the seven braids of my hair into the fabric on your loom and tighten it with the loom shuttle, I would become as weak as anyone else.” So while he slept, Delilah wove the seven braids of his hair into the fabric. Then she tightened it with the loom shuttle. Again she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” But Samson woke up, pulled back the loom shuttle, and yanked his hair away from the loom and the fabric. Then Delilah pouted, “How can you tell me, ‘I love you,’ when you don’t share your secrets with me? You’ve made fun of me three times now, and you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong!” She tormented him with her nagging day after day until he was sick to death of it.
Judges 16:13-16 (NLT)
Delilah must have been a worldly woman who loved the world and was willing to do anything to get money, hence the reason why the Philistines always took bags of money anytime they approached her. And what would she buy with them? Cosmetics, clothing, jewelry, shoes, and so on. Many believed that Delilah was a prostitute. It makes me wonder, why an Israelite, anointed from his mother’s womb, be a visitor to such a diabolical prostitute. Again, this is a lesson that no matter how good you think you are, if you refuse God’s counsel, you will fall into sin and you will have yourself to blame.
Delilah was deliberately wicked
Delilah realized he had finally told her the truth, so she sent for the Philistine rulers. “Come back one more time,” she said, “for he has finally told me his secret.” So the Philistine rulers returned with the money in their hands. Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way, she began to bring him down, and his strength left him. Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him.
Judges 16:18-20 (NLT)
Samson played seriously into the hands of Delilah by making promises upon promises to her, putting himself in harm’s hand. This illicit love kept Samson foolish all the time. But if you notice, it all began with flirting with an unbeliever. God warned us in 2 Corinthians 6:14, not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Also, notice that it is very easy to be destroyed if you go against the Word of God. What you see here is that virtually all human problems are caused by violation of a part of the Word of God. It is important to really know about what God says about any issue to avoid being a victim of some gross irresponsibility.
Delilah destroyed Samson
Finally, Samson shared his secret with her. “My hair has never been cut,” he confessed, “for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.” Delilah realized he had finally told her the truth, so she sent for the Philistine rulers. “Come back one more time,” she said, “for he has finally told me his secret.” So the Philistine rulers returned with the money in their hands. Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way, she began to bring him down, and his strength left him. Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him. So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes. They took him to Gaza, where he was bound with bronze chains and forced to grind grain in the prison.
Judges 16:17-21 (NLT)
The greatest problem that Delilah caused for Samson was the destruction of his two eyes. He could no longer see, therefore becoming a mockery of the devil. When you are anointed of God and you are a born-again Christian, you have to be careful because the devil is roaming about 24/7, looking to bring you down from grace. He wants to mock people in hell. The Bible says “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall” 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT) So, you have to be extra careful when the anointing is upon you because you instantly become a perfect target for Satan. Preachers should be especially careful about women. That is why we were warned to flee from fornication (1 Corinthians 6:18). The problem he had here that caused his two eyes to be plucked was the love of fornication. If only he realized that beauty does fade away.
Delilah will destroy anyone
I discovered that a seductive woman is a trap more bitter than death. Her passion is a snare, and her soft hands are chains. Those who are pleasing to God will escape her, but sinners will be caught in her snare.
Ecclesiastes 7:26 (NLT)
There is always a Delilah around you. She can be in your church, your workplace, in your school, and even in your neighborhood. You meet Delilah anywhere, as she is also plowing around looking for victims. But you can have victory over her if you realize that there is no sin as destructive as adultery and fornication. If you are able to have victory over this, you become an object of adoration to God. Samson lost it all. He lost his two eyes. He lost his dignity. He lost his anointing. And most importantly, he lost his vision, and purpose of God upon his life. One single act of fornication CAN and WILL destroy all these things in one’s life. So, be watchful!
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