The Trap of Listening to Lies

March 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Posted in Traps of Lawless Living | 5 Comments
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Samson was not a man to be trifled with. At times he could explode in a fit of anger and lash out at those who had crossed him. The superhuman strength he possessed by the power of God’s Holy Spirit allowed him, at times like these, to wipe out vast numbers of men (Judges 14:19; 15:7-8; 15:15). It’s too bad, though, that he was not as quick to access the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, as he was His strength.

Part of the problem seems to have been Samson’s gullibility, especially when it came to women. After ignoring the sound advice of his parents, who had warned him against taking a Philistine wife, Samson made a wager based on a riddle, and challenged the men at the wedding party to solve it.

And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find [it] out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments: But if ye cannot declare [it] me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.

Judges 14:12-13

After three days’ worth of guesses, the would-be riddle-solvers decided to cheat, and they extorted Samson’s new bride into finding out the answer for them. Her method for getting the answer from Samson, while perhaps understandable given her circumstances, was extremely disingenuous.

And Samson’s wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told [it] me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told [it] my father nor my mother, and shall I tell [it] thee? And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people.

Judges 14:16-17

Certainly the continual guilt-tripping and nagging of his wife played a part in Samson’s capitulation, but, even though the betrayal cost him dearly, it was not the last time he would fall for this same ploy.

Perhaps Samson’s most well-known escapade had to do with the deceptive trap set by his final female consort, the infamous Delilah, who managed to get Samson to reveal what he believed to be the source of his supernatural strength (his uncut hair), so that she could hand him over to his Philistine enemies.

And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart [is] not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength [lieth]. And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, [so] that his soul was vexed unto death; That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I [have been] a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any [other] man.

Judges 16:15-17

It seems that Samson had a real propensity for ignoring the truth and believing lies, and it is a propensity which has been shared by mankind since the beginning. The Bible warns us that there is great danger in rejecting truth, and that we must beware because lies can be very seductive. The solution for avoiding this trap takes resolve, yet it is very simple: Keep your mind renewed in the absolute truth of the Word of God, and keep its principles and precepts continually before your eyes.

My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and [when] thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

Proverbs 6:20-24

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