Fool Me Twice!

The story of Samson and Delilah is probably one of the most intriguing stories in the Bible.  There is ample material here from which a preacher could pick from to build a sermon. But one thing that has always confused or maybe amused people is how Samson could be so stupid.  “If you really loved me….” is the oldest line in the book.  Delilah’s challenge, for which she would be well paid, was to find out the key to Samson’s super-human strength.  So she used her feminine wiles on him.  “How can you tell me you love me if you keep secrets from me?”  Another classic line!   Did Samson (who, as a reminder, was a judge and ruler over the Hebrew people so one would infer had a brain) ever stop to wonder why she keeps tying him up with the very things he told her would deplete his strength and why then would  the Philistines just happen to drop by?  Samson had earlier been through a similar situation with his first wife when she used almost identical lines to obtain the answer to a riddle.  The Bible tells us that both Delilah and his first wife pestered and pestered Samson until he could take it no longer.  He gave in and thus betrayed a vow that he made to God.  Samson’s strength would remain as long as he kept his vow to God and now the vow was broken. We all have our weaknesses.  And it seems the enemy always knows what they are.  And he exploits them.  It’s important to know your strengths, but it may be more important to know your weaknesses and be on guard for those who would exploit them.  It may not be scripture, but this saying is good to remember – “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”!

15 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!” 16 She tormented him with her nagging day after day until he was sick to death of it. 17 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.” Judges 16:15-17 (NLT)