Where we last left Samson, his mother had just given birth. Which I explained is an allegory of “christ” being formed In us, and Birthed In us, as everything in scripture is an allegory of you and me! The bible is OUR STORY as much as it is the story of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ruth, David, Jesus, etc… So when we come across these wonderful stories like the one of Samson, it’s good to ask God to break it down for us so we can better understand what REALLY is going on.
What was the deal with the STRENGTH being in Samson’s hair? Did he really kill the enemy with a jaw bone? Did he really tie a bunch of fox tails together, light them on fire and burn down a harvest, or is this a PARABLE for us to learn from.
Now before you go getting all upset, I’m not saying that these things NEVER LITERALLY HAPPENED, what I’m saying is IT DOESN’T MATTER if they did or not. What matters is what we LEARN from them.
So let’s pick back up at CHAPTER 14 in Judges. Which speaks of Samson’s FIRST MARRIAGE… That’s right, he married TWICE. And yes there is a great reason for this as well.
1 Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. 2 When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.”
I want to point out, something many don’t SEE. Samson (a picture of Christ In us) WENT DOWN… he descended, as Christ descended into hell, so we see Samson doing the same. Samson WENT DOWN to TIMNAH which in Hebrew means PORTION. Samson went down for his PORTION (what was rightfully his) and he sees a young PHILISTINE which we now know in Hebrew means immigrant.
And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.
Now a Philistine would be a stranger and sojourner to Samson and his family. But here we see Samson, went down to FIND THIS BRIDE. As Christ does. So many people get hung up on whether or not a person is of God or not. But all are God’s. Let’s not forget that. Now our ego and our religious upbringing may disagree with this, but God is God of all.
As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
You see God has made a new convenant at this point. And Samson is a picture of how this happens. The story of Samson, our story, is all about the inward work. It is how God brings ALL to the knowledge of the truth and the stature of the perfect man.
32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Notice, Jeremiah writes ALL people, from the least to the greatest. This is God’s work, and NONE are left out. This is why SAMSON went DOWN, this is why CHRIST (the annointing and higher understanding of God’s truth, the word, the truth) has to descend to RAISE others up out of their own personal hell. And this happens in EACH OF US, when the time is appointed. (which is different for everyone)
3 His father and mother replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?”
Now, Samson’s Pop and Mom, could not accept this. They are like those in religion today that think you need to be with those that agree with whatever their creed or doctrine states. This is the same Father and Mother, that didn’t believe it was possible to birth the child of promise to begin with… And who is this FATHER AND MOTHER that is pictured here? What are they an allegory of?
I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother
Job called his Father and Mother, the very natures that corrupted and tormented him.
Oh I know what you’re saying, we are supposed to honor Mother and Father, well if the Father is God and Mother is Wisdom then yes we must… But in many cases the FATHER is the carnal mind and the Mother is the ignornat soulish ego. And if you have ears to hear this, this is why Christ came to set child against his parents.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother
We need to break free from the sins of the OLD MAN and enter into the promise of the NEW MAN. Like our physical parents who also can curse us, by planting doubt and worry in our head, our Egotistical thoughts within, our ignorance and pride will also try and convince us that what we are doing is wrong, when in fact, we are doing right.
This is what is being pictured here with Samson. He is calling those HIS OWN, that were once called enemies. And even though, his parents disagreed strongly with Samson’s choice. Samson, as Christ would do, said…
But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.” 4 (His parents did not know that this was from the LORD, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)
Many people will teach you should have nothing to do with those that aren’t of your particular faith. But Samson knew better and the Christ In Us knows better.
11And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 11And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
Even Peter had a problem with this. He doubted, but God said, EVERYTHING HE HAS MADE IS CLEAN! Don’t call it otherwise. So Samson, like the Christ In Us, forced Mother and Father to do his will… You see even when our carnl mind doesn’t want us to do a certain thing, Christ is stronger than our carnal mind, and HIS WILL IS DONE.
“GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN ME THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD”
5 Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him.
Now when we do the WILL OF GOD, we will find many LIONS coming against us. Roaring and trying to scare us away from our purpose. And what is a YOUNG LION, symbolically mean?
9From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about. 10They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly. 11They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth; 12Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
The funny thing about the Lion, in some cases it is the wicked, it is described as satan, and also christ. Indeed a lion is a paradox. But in this case, the LION was standing in the way of SAMSON and his purpose. And we saw what he did.
6 The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done. 7 Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her.
You see, there is nothing that can stand between God and his will. It doesn’t matter how many lion’s dens you find yourself in, how many Lions come across your path, Christ is bigger and stronger than them all. And good will always come out of this. When the STRONG MAN (carnal man) of the house is bound, it is then that the Truth can be revealed and found within the House.
8 Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass. In it was a swarm of bees and some honey, 9 which he scooped out with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion’s carcass.
It is odd that a swarm of BEES making HONEY would be found in a LION’S DEAD carcass… unless of course this was an ALLEGORY.
Bees are known in scripture as being something that chases after you and stings you. They are often referred to as ENEMIES.
They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
In this carcass of the DEAD LION, in DEATH we find a SWARM OF BEES. Picture this LION as the religious system, it is DEAD, but filled with BEE’S working to make HONEY. Which is symbolic of enlightenment and WISDOM.
1 Samuel 14:29
Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.
Which even in the midst of enemies, even a donkey can speak. Christ can look past the DEAD teaching of RELIGION and reach in there and SCOOP some wisdom out of it. I can’t tell you how many times I am listening to someone on the radio who is teaching something, which I know to be completely wrong, but then I hear something and a LIGHT goes off inside me… And in the midst of those BEES, in the MIDST of that DEATH, there is HONEY! God teaches us in all things. Just listen, and ask God to show you and teach you the truth and you too can find the WISDOM in the midst of DEAD TEACHINGS. And this is what Samson did, he tore down something that would KILL HIM (the law/religious mindset) ripped it in two (the veil) found bees in that DEATH, and still was able to GLEAN HONEY and share it with his MOTHER AND FATHER… As Christ shares wisdom with our soul.
Now here’s the fun part: THE RIDDLE
10 Now his father went down to see the woman. And Samson made a feast there, as was customary for bridegrooms. 11 When he appeared, he was given thirty companions. 12 “Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes. 13 If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.”
“Tell us your riddle,” they said. “Let’s hear it.”
Ever wonder why there was 30 companions, and he gave 7 days to COMPLETE THE WORK of this riddle? At what age, did CHRIST begin his MINISTRY? 30 🙂 … And what is the reward for answering this riddle, new garments.
And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
Once you figure out the RIDDLE, after it is complete 7 DAYS, you are allowed to enter into the INNER COURT. This is all an allegory of how Christ brings us into the kingdom. A feast is prepared, and the RIDDLE of life is before us… and what is that RIDDLE?
14 He replied,
“Out of the eater, something to eat;
out of the strong, something sweet.”
For three days they could not give the answer.
15 On the fourth [a] day, they said to Samson’s wife, “Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here to rob us?” 16 Then Samson’s wife threw herself on him, sobbing, “You hate me! You don’t really love me. You’ve given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.”
“I haven’t even explained it to my father or mother,” he replied, “so why should I explain it to you?” 17 She cried the whole seven days of the feast. So on the seventh day he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.
Notice on the 4th day (symbolic of the wilderness journey) the anger, frustration, and threats come. We want to know the MEANING OF THIS. And so Samson’s wife (his body/soul of mankind) pleads until the seventh day… And finally it is revealed. Notice it is REVEALED before the SUN SETS.
18 Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him,
“What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?”
Samson said to them,
“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
you would not have solved my riddle.”
So now many people would have no clue as to what this means. What the heck kind of an answer to a riddle is another riddle. Well the TRUTH is found, by searching the scriptures to find out WHAT IS SWEETER THAN HONEY and STRONGER than a LION.
9The fear of the LORD (BEGINNING OF WISDOM) is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: SWEETER THANK HONEY and the honeycomb.
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
That which is sweeter than HONEY, is EVERY WORD AND WISDOM that comes from God. It is the fear of the Lord, it is unity with his spirit. This is the answer TO THE RIDDLE OF LIFE. Even Solomon on his worst day said this in ecclesiates.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
And now unto understanding the second part of this riddle answered riddle. WHAT IS STRONGER THAN A LION?
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
FAITH, that’s right. That is what is stronger than LIONS. FAITH.
the meaning to LIFE is summed up in SAMSON’S RIDDLE for those who search out the matter. – FAITH, FEAR OF GOD, HEARING GOD, UNDERSTANDING GOD.
This is the COMPLETE WORK that is finished after SEVEN DAYS. When we learn this WE ENTER INTO GOD’S REST.
And at that point out of the EATER (those who eat only) comes meat (they begin to feed) out of the STRONG (proud) comes something sweet. (salvation)
2 Corinthians 2:15
For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
– Part Three – coming soon. I hope you enjoyed this essay. Jacob
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