Key Scripture: Judges 16:1-31
Delilah is a sweet-sounding name which any vain woman could covet for it means “delicate” or “dainty one”. Because of the foul deed of which Delilah was guilty, no other female in the Scripture appears with such a tarnished name. In fact, it is rare indeed to find a woman bearing this name.
With regards to her whereabouts: birth, parentage and family, the Bible doesn’t mention anything about it. But some historical accounts state that she came from the Valley of Sorek (v. 4), which extended from near Jerusalem to the Mediterranean, and which entrance was beautiful with rare flowers perfuming the air with sweet odors. It is not also clear that Delilah could either be Hebrew or Philistine. Her nationality is unknown. But most probably she was a Philistine. If she was a Hebrew then, by heart and by spirit, she could have not betrayed Samson, which happened to be her husband, who might have the same bloodline as hers. She was probably a Philistine because she made herself an accomplice to the Philistines, in killing the greatest man in Israel during her time.
Religious Atmosphere in Her Home
Delilah was not a religious sort of a woman. As I assessed it based on my readings, Delilah seemed to have worshiped an idol named Dagon, thus she was a heathen who didn’t believe the God of Samson.
Her status, she was not a part of those who were in the higher level of the social system of Philistine. She belonged to the lowest kind of people. She was a harlot – a courtesan or prostitute of unholy persistence and devilish deceit, who had personal charm, mental ability, self-command, and nerve, but who used all her qualities for one purpose – money.
Attitudes and Emotions (Sorrow and Joy)
She was such a cunning and evil woman who, with her tempter’s passion, had gotten Samson to reveal his most precious secret – his supernatural power.
She was greatly sorrowed when Samson lied to her, making her look foolish on three different occasions (vv. 10, 13, 15). Her greatest joy was when she overpowered one of history’s most powerful men, handing him over to his enemy, the Philistines, in exchange of 28 pounds of silver.
Delilah, gloating over the price received for Samson’s betrayal, died a terrible death when buried beneath the frightful ruins of the temple her husband’s restored, divine strength had caused (v. 30).
In Conformation to other Testament
Since the account of Delilah is in the Old Testament, the New Testament must have conformed itself to it, however, the New Testament doesn’t mention even once the account or the name of Delilah. However, we could cite some parallelism of events and the character from both testaments.
Delilah’s betrayal to Samson could be paralleled to Judas’ betrayal to Jesus. Delilah is known to be the Old Testament’s Judas. Let us check what particular part of the event that the two could be paralleled:
Old Testament New Testament
a. The Lord of the Philistines offered - Jesus was sold by Judas for only
an enormous sum as a bribe – 28 pounds 30 pieces of silver;
of silver; v.
b. Delilah, set about in subtle way, Judas secretly sold Jesus to earn the
to earn the price of blood of Samson; - price of Jesus’ blood;
vv. 5, 15
c. Delilah deceived Samson with her tears; - Judas deceived Jesus with his kiss;
(Some commentaries state that Delilah have shed tears
when Samson would not tell her for three times about
her secret and how he have made a fool of her.)
d. Delilah died with other Philistines when - Judas committed suicide after he
Samson asked back from the Lord his repented. He could have had gone
supernatural power causing the Philistines’ away after his betrayal to Jesus, but
temple to collapse; it was in the other way he chose to remain and hanged
a suicide. She could have had fled after himself.
she was paid, but she chose to remain inside
Lessons Learned from the Life of Delilah
THE TEMPTER’S SNARE
Questions to be asked:
1. How would you make a distinction between the work of God and the work of the evil?
2. Are there times in your life that you have been tempted?
3. Are there times that you are the one tempting?
4. How would you know that you are being tempted?
5. How would you know that you are already tempting?
During the opening of the school year, some time in June, my uncle texted me if I would be willing to teach in a public school, with item all ready, and with the compensation of more or less twelve thousand monthly. Twelve-thousand monthly seemed to be so tempting. Who would not want to grab this opportunity?
Compared to the compensation I am receiving right now, it seemed to be so hard to say no to the offer that my uncle was giving me.
There are times in our lives that we are offered with things that it is so hard for us to say no without realizing that we are compromising some important aspect in our Christian living. Who is tempting us with these enormous things? Are we buying these tactics?
The evil forces of Satan stay vigilant and never run out of scaring tactics to ensnare every Christian. They are working 24/7 – 24 hours a day and in the entire week. These evil forces know that God is wise in His tactics. Now, there is this truth that only few Christians know and not everyone is aware of this:
SATAN IS JUST SO GOOD IN MASQUERADING.
This is the least he can do to outsmart God.
What does he do in masquerading?
He acts and fixes his looks just like God.
He copies God’s tactics.
I. By giving us financial abundance
When we are confronted with financial instability, we tend to lose heart. We are discouraged. And we tend to question God, “God, I worship You. I give my part in the church. I pray. I serve You by involving in other ministries. Why can’t I just get what I want? Why do people who don’t go to church have much than I have?
When Satan spots this subtle weakling attitude that we have, he takes advantage of it and drags us to his snare. What does he usually do? He gives us more and more and more until we get addicted to money, that losing it is like losing our lives. He uses people to tempt us with money. Who are these people he loves to use? He sometimes uses loan sharks who swindle us in lending money from them without realizing that we pay twice as or much the amount of the money we have lent. This tendency will lead us to our downfall.
1 Timothy 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.”
Next, Satan would use our aesthetic view of the world. It is our gift of appreciating the art of beauty in everything. Remember that the first offer of Satan is money. After we are tempted with money, he then, wants us to use the money to buy everything that we see beautiful. Yes, Satan’s next snare is:
II. Giving us beautiful things
I remembered a Christian teacher having just received her item, loaned a handsome amount of one-hundred thousand pesos. She bought a house-and-lot that outstood against the many shacks that surrounded it. It made her so proud with the little financial progress that she experienced. She even built a store and sold variety of goods including hard liquors and cigarettes. For according to her and her family, the demand on liquors and cigarettes is high and they earned so much from it. The result was, they attracted neighbors to be drunkards and smokers.
The result was chaos. The drunkards then showed unpleasant and disturbing behaviors. They even challenged their neighbors for a melee. This is the beauty and harm of having so many beautiful things in hand that we tend to forget our accountability with others.
Sometimes, we would tend to act like this Christian teacher without our awareness. With this reality of life are we not becoming tempters? Satan uses financial abundance and beautiful things to lure us. After being tempted, we then, tempt others. We never realized that these are the few things that Satan would use to ensnare us, few of the things that Satan would use to bring us to our downfall. Then having possessing these things, he would then use us to bring people to their downfall.
Are there times in your life that you are acting as a Delilah to other’s lives?
Are you happy that you have brought them to their downfall?
Who will be held accountable with their downfall?
Come to think of it.