OUT OF THE STRONG CAME FORTH SWEETNESS
(Judg 14:8-11) And after a time he [Samson: sunlight; now a type of the son of man] returned to take her [the uncircumcised Philistine woman], and he turned aside to see the carcase [fall] of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees [the prophets and writers of the 66 books of the Bible] and honey in the carcase [body; LOGOS] of the lion [the Lion of Judah: “And the Word (LOGOS) was made flesh, and dwelt among us” John 1:14]. And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey [RHEMA] out of the carcase [LOGOS] of the lion [“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles” Mark 2:22]. So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast [What kind of a feast was it?]; for so used the young men to do. And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
1. (Ezek 2:8-10) But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious [bitter] like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat [5x] that I give thee. And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. (Ezek 3:1-4) Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly [to be hollow] to eat, and fill thy bowels [heart] with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
2. rebellious = Heb: bitterness, i.e. (fig.) rebellion; concr. bitter, or rebellious:--bitter, (most) rebel (-ion, -lious) /// to be (caus. make) bitter (or unpleasant); (fig.) to rebel (or resist; causat. to provoke):--bitter, change, be disobedient, disobey, grievously, provocation, provoke (-ing), (be) rebel (against, -lious).
3. “within and without:” Noah’s ark (Gen 6:14); the ark of the covenant (Exo 25:11; 37:2); Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 6:29,30); Ezekiel’s roll of a book (Ezek 2:10); Ezekiel’s Temple (Ezek 41:17).
4. (Rev 10:7-11) But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
OUT OF THE EATER CAME FORTH MEAT
(Judg 14:12-14) And Samson [sunlight; now a type of the Son of God] said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me [explain: expound, profess, rehearse, speak, tell, utter] within the seven days of the feast [symbolic of the seven days of creation, or the seven days of your life (your creation)], and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets [to envelop; a wrapper, i.e. shirt: fine linen] and thirty change of garments [wedding garments]: But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments [i.e. your covering, and then you shall stand naked before me, and your sin shall be exposed to my wrath]. And they [representing all mankind] said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it. And he said unto them, Out of the eater [the Lion of Judah: v.5] came forth meat [food], and out of the strong [the Lamb of God: v.6] came forth sweetness [honey = symbol of the Word of God: Ezek 2:8-10; 3:1-4; Rev 10:7-11]. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.
1. riddle = Heb: chiydah, khee-daw'; a puzzle; hence a trick, conundrum: dark saying (sentence, speech), hard question, proverb, riddle /// to tie a knot, i.e. (fig.) to propound a riddle:--put forth.
2. A “riddle” is deliberately designed to cause you to think, consider, meditate, muse, ponder, ruminate, to chew the cud (ref: clean cloven-hoofed animals), to bring up and chew again. Samson’s “riddle” is a type or symbol of the same “riddle” that God presents to all mankind; it is His Word, the Tongue of the Lord.
3. (Mat 22:1-14) And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables [riddles], and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers [the Jewish people: “Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children” Mat 27:25], and burned up their city [Jerusalem in 70 AD]. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend [fellow (a neutral, non-judgmental designation)], how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless [i.e. because he did not understand the Word (language) of God]. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
HOW CAMEST THOU IN HITHER NOT HAVING A WEDDING GARMENT?
(John 10:1) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold [a yard (as open to the wind); by impl. a mansion: court, hall, palace], but climbeth up [ascend] some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
1. (John 6:44) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
2. (Isa 14:12-15) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
(John 10:7-9) Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear [understand] them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
(John 14:1-6) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way [i.e. the door], the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me [i.e. you must be the bride, the Lamb’s wife, and marry me to come to my Father’s house].