SAMSON: the son of man - Chapter 6



SAMSON (the son of man) SEEKS A WIFE

(Judg 14:1-4)  And Samson [sunlight; Gen 1:3 “Let there be light”] went down [downward] to Timnath [a portion assigned], and saw a woman [a Gentile] in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. And he came up [returned], and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines [rolling, migratory /// to roll (in dust): roll (wallow) self]: now therefore get her for me to wife [to be my bride]. Then his father and his mother said unto him [types of God and the Holy Spirit speaking from the Law], Is there never [not] a woman among the daughters of thy brethren [Jews], or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised [unsaved] Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against [to provoke] the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines [the flesh] had dominion [rule: reign, power] over Israel [the spirit].

1.     (Deu 7:1-6)  When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations [symbolic externally of all Gentiles, and internally of evil spirits] greater and mightier than thou [literal externally, and literal internally indicating demons, unclean spirits, fallen angels]; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them [the external world and the internal fallen angels], and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

2.     (1 Cor 6:2,3)  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world [kosmos (vs. aion); cosmos, the universe]? and if the world [kosmos] shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?


(Judg 14:5-7)  Then went Samson [sunlight] down [downward], and his father and his mother, to Timnath [a portion assigned], and came to the vineyards of Timnath [the fruit of Timnath]: and, behold, a young lion roared [ref: the Lion of Judah] against him [for his sin]. And the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him [with the power for the act, but not the understanding of the act], and he [Samson (us) in the flesh: Mark 15:13 “And they cried out again, Crucify him”] rent him [Luke 23:45 “and the veil of the temple (Heb: 19:20 “that is to say, his flesh”) was rent in the midst”] as he would have rent a kid [ref: the Lamb of God], and he had nothing in his hand [no tool of man, i.e. axe, knife, intimating that it was a supernatural act]: but he told not his father or his mother [Orthodox Judaism: the then existing religious system of the Jews] what he had done. And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.


SAMSON (the son of man)


(Judg 14:8,9)  And after a time [i.e. a period of time has elasped] he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase [mappeleth; fall] of the lion [John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh”]: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees [prophets and writers of the 66 books of the Bible] and honey [Ezek 2:8-10; 3:1-4; Rev 10:7-10 the Word of God] in the carcase [geviyah; body] of the lion. And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating [the Word of God], and came to his father and mother, and he gave them [(honey) Mark 16:15 “preach the gospel to every creature”], and they did eat [the Word of God]: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the [dead] carcase of the lion [1. in violation of his Nararite vow and Orthodox Judaism. 2. new wine into old bottles].

1.     (John 12:23,24)  And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn [seed] of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

2.     (John 6:53-57)  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat [food] indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

3.     (Mat 9:17)  Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

4.     (Mark 2:22)  And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred [be destroyed: perish]: but new wine must be put into new bottles.



(Judg 14:10,11) So his father went down unto the woman [perhaps to formalize the marriage contract?]: [It appears now that a period of time has elapsed between his father going down and the feast festivities] and Samson made there a feast [in preparation for the consummation of the marriage]; for so used the young men to do. And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions [friends] to be with him.

1.     Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible: It was the custom for a proposal of marriage to come from the family of the bridegroom, but occasionally this was reversed. There is no evidence of a religious ceremony in the early marriages. After the making of a contract concerning the dowry and any other business or financial matter, the removal of the bride to the home of the bridegroom was all that was necessary to complete the marriage. Later, marriages were concluded with festivities and contracts usually stated a certain length of time between the agreement and the actual marriage. The average time was about one year. Feasts lasting 7 days were a part of some festivities. Also, marriage processions and noisy demonstrations took place on such occasions. In New Testament times it was customary for the bridegroom to have young men companions and the bride to have a number of virgins with her in the wedding festivities.



Samson “the son of God,” the spiritual man, went down from Heaven and chose Him a woman of the Gentiles, the church, to be His bride, and presented His body “a living sacrifice” (Rom 12:1).   


Samson “the son of man,” the natural man, has seen a woman of Timnath for whom he lusts [Gk: a longing (espec. for what is forbidden): desire]. Being a man of extremes, as signified by his extreme strength, he extremely lusts after this Gentile woman. However, mixed marriages by Israelites with other races were forbidden [“Neither shalt thou make marriages with them” Deut 7:3]. Nevertheless, the burning flames of Samson’s unabated lust overrule the godly biblical leadership and guidance according to the Law of his father and mother [“Honour thy father and thy mother” Exo 20:12], and Samson finalizes his disobedience to them and God with the emphatic statement “Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.” Samson’s actions and demeanor are clearly those of a self-centered head-strong carnal man. However “it was of the LORD” (Jud 14:4) for God is always in control.