Summary: If Samson would have listen to his momma and daddy, he would never had been involved with a woman like Delilah.
Topic: If I had just listen to momma and daddy……..
Has there been a time in your life where you had found yourself in bad situation that you wished you had never gotten yourself into? It was a situation that you could have avoided altogether because it was a situation that you had no business involved in the first place. It was a situation that had all the warning signs and all the red flags waving before your very eyes, but you chose to ignore the warning signs and the red flags warnings. And at the end of the situation, you found yourself saying these words to yourself:
“If I had just listen to momma and daddy…..”
“If I had just paid attention to what momma and daddy was trying to tell me back then……”
“If I had just did what momma and daddy had told me to do…..”
“If I had just listen, I would not be in prison, I would not be broke and homeless, I would not have dropped out of high school or college, I would not been pregnant out of wedlock, I would not been expelled out of school, I would not have been fired from my job……… If I had just listen to momma and daddy………
You know the bible does tell us in Exodus 20:12 to “Honor thy father and mother that the days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. And in Ephesians 6;1-3 says, “Children obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right. Honor thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long upon the earth.
“If I had just listen to momma and daddy………”
In this message, we are going to learn about a man that if he had just listen to his momma and daddy; if he had just paid attention to what his momma and daddy was trying to tell him to do; if he had just did what his momma and daddy had told him to do, he would have had a happy ending to his life story. But instead he had a sad ending to his life story. And this man that I am talking about is Samson.
Now, most of us know who Samson is. Samson was known to be one of Judges of Israel. As a Judge of Israel, his main purpose was to deliver Israel out from the bondage of their enemies, which were the Philistines at the time. Also Samson was known to be the strongest man to have ever lived. He was a man who as anointed with extra ordinary strength. The reason why Samson had extra ordinary strength and he was so strong was because of the covenant that he had with the Lord. You see, when Samson was born, he was born as a Nazarite. And as a Nazarite, Samson was not to touch or drink wine, nor was he to have his hair cut because God supplied Samson’s extra ordinary strength through his hair. And through his hair, God gave Samson strength to kill a lion with is bare hands. Through his hair God gave Samson strength to kill 30 Philistine men all at once. Through his hair, God gave Samson strength to tie the tails of 300 foxes and set them on fire to burn up the cornfields of the Philistines. Through his hair, God gave Samson strength to kill a thousand of Philistines men with just a jawbone of a donkey. Yes, God blessed Samson with extra ordinary strength through his hair to defeat the Philistines.
But in Judges 16:21, we see Samson’s hair has been cut. His eyes has been gouged out. We see Samson bound up in chains and in prison, and we see him walking the grind mill all day long in the prison house. In other words, we see the strongest man who had ever lived defeated and incapacitated. Now the question is, How did the strongest man to have ever lived find himself in a defeated and incapacitated position?
Now, for a long time, I blamed Delilah for Samson demise because I said that if he had not got involved with Delilah, he would not have gotten his hair cut, he would not have lost his strength, and he would not have been apprehended by the Philistines. But as I gave a close look at Samson’s situation, I came to realize that it was Samson’s fault to find his eyes being gouged out. It was Samson’s fault to find himself in prison. It was Samson’s fault to find himself bound up in chain. It was Samson’s fault that he now find himself grinding the grind mill walking in circles all the day long. And the reason it was his fault because if Samson had just listen to his momma and daddy, he more likely would not have been involved with a woman like Delilah. Now it must be understood that Delilah was not the only woman that Samson had been with. In Judges 14, Samson had married a woman from Timnah, but that marriage ended up in divorce after seven days. Then Samson got involved with a prostitute in Judges 16:1-3. And then we read that Samson got involved with Delilah in Judges 16:4. And you would notice that all the woman that Samson got involved in were all bad women. Yes, they looked fine, but they were bad women. Yes, they smelled good in their perfume, but they were bad women. They dressed real nice, but they were bad women. And Samson would never would have gotten involved with these bad woman, if he would have just listen to his momma and daddy.