Summary: This sermon is to remind us that every person that we encounter in life is not always our firend. And by the way...smiling faces do tell lies.
We as Christians have to be ever so careful who we associate ourselves with. We have to be careful who we allow to be in our space. We even have to be careful who we allow in our homes. My father would always say, Watch your friends and your enemies can’t hurt you. Sometimes your own family members are the ones you have to keep at bay. One thing that I have learned in this thing called life is that everybody standing in your corner is not in your corner. Putting a footnote here, that brings me to my first and only point for this morning.
First Point: Smiling Faces Tell Lies
When I think of the story of Samson and Delilah, I can’t help but wonder what was Samson thinking? When you’re deep in sin, you can’t think right. When you’re deep in sin, you can’t reason right.
Sin has blinded your thinking and reasoning. Samson was truly messed up. First of all he was involved with a women he truly had no business. He was hooked up with a harlot, better known as a prostitute.
Her name was Delilah. She was convinced by the five Philistine Lords to betray Samson. She was using what she had to ge the information that she needed. They told Delilah to get it out of him. They told her it would be rather kind to do this thing for them and she would be rewarded handsomely for her service.
For this they bided high. They each promised to give her 1100 pieces of silver, which would be 5500 pieces in all. So many shekels amounted to above 1000l. Look at what money can do to a person. She was hired to pretend that she loved Samson. Oh for the love of money. 1 Titus 6:10 says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s, all because of the love of money.
Our blessed Saviour was betrayed by one whom he called friend, and with a kiss too, for filthy lucre.
She used what she had to get Samson to reveal his secret. In actuality, both of them were lying to each other.
#1: Samson said if you tie me with 7 fresh thongs, I would loose my strength. Now thongs were the leather strings used to tie their sandals with. When Samson went to sleep, she called for the Philistine soldiers, and Samson immediately awoke. He killed the soldiers.
She badgered him about not telling her the truth. Samson grew tired of the badgering and he said:
#2: Samson said to Delilah if you tie with fresh rope, I would be as helpless as a baby. So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads, and he killed the soldiers a second time.
Delilah continued with the badgering.
#3: Samson said to her if you were to tie my seven braids of hair into the fabric on the loom and make it tight with a pin, I would become weak. She waited until Samson was asleep and so while he was sleeping, Delilah took the seven braids of his head, wove them into the fabric and tightened it with the pin.
Again she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" He awoke from his sleep and pulled up the pin and the loom, with the fabric. When Samson went to sleep, she called for the Philistine soldiers, and Samson immediately awoke. He killed the soldiers.
Delilah was furious. She said you made a fool out of me three time. She really poured it on strong this time. She said if you really love me you will tell me. She got out the sweet smelling candles, some of that insidious perfume, and some strong drink (according to some theologians), and with the lights being dimmed, this was the night.
Samson, giving into the badgering, he told his long kept secret. He shared with her that if his head was ever shaved, he would loose his strength. She got Samson like she wanted him. He was in a deep sleep, she signaled for one of the Philistine soldiers, he came in and shaved his head.
Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" He awoke from his sleep and thought, " I’ll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that the LORD had left him.
Not knowing what had happened to him, he just knew that he would be able to easily take down the Philistine soldiers as before. When the soldiers grabbed Samson, he immediately knew what had happened.