In those days there was no king in Israel.
Every man did what was right in his own eyes.
What is a nemesis? The dictionary defines nemesis as the agent of someone's or something's downfall. Samson's nemesis was far more sinister than Delilah.
An angel was sent by God to tell Samson's parents that he was to be a Nazirite from birth, which required him to adhere to certain rules as he lived a life of holiness. That vow also required that no razor was to be used on his head. In keeping that vow, God would give him supernatural strength in his body. However, Samson did not do all that God demanded of him. Instead, he trusted in his own strength.
Samson lived in the land that God had given to the Israelites. However, seven times the Israelites turned from God and were under the oppressive rule of the Philistines, who worshipped the pagan god, Dagon. At that time there was no king, so every man did what was right in his own eyes; therefore, God called Judges to lead and protect the people of Israel. Samson became a judge over the people of Israel and did what was right in his own eyes.
One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute and spent the night with her. That alone reveals that his passion for women was greater than living a consecrated life in service to God. Despite having the spirit of the Lord upon him, his corrupt, sexual desires were his nemesis that controlled his life. Many Christians, like Samson, have God's Spirit within, but they have not fully surrendered their fleshly desires and become 100 percent devoted to a consecrated life unto God.
Some time later, a woman named Delilah captivated Samson. By then, he had already killed over 1,000 Philistines, so the rulers of the Philistines went to her and offered her a sizable sum of money to seduce Samson into revealing the secret of his great strength.
Samson was foolish to align himself with a woman who did not worship the one true God. The Word of God tells us "not to be unequally yoked (joined in close relationship) with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14).
Three different times, Delilah beguiled and relentlessly badgered Samson in an effort to learn the secret of his great strength. The number three in the scriptures relates to conforming to and obeying God. Unfortunately, in this circumstance, instead of Samson conforming to God's purposes and obeying Him, he conformed to "the lust of [his] flesh and the lust of [his] eyes and the boastful pride of life, [which] is not from the Father, but is from the world (Matthew 5:28).
Isn't that what Satan does? He relentlessly tries to seduce us into taking our eyes off of God. For the enemy of our soul knows that if he can distract us from God, His Word, and His will, then he has us in his power.
You would think that by the third time of Delilah's incessant begging and betrayals, that Samson would have had a clue as to what was going on, but he was so blinded by his desire for her, that he ignored his safety and his Nazirite vows. Her fourth round of nagging finally broke Samson's resolve and he revealed the secret of his strength.
The number four in scripture relates to ruling, reigning, and having dominion. God is the only One who is to rule, reign, and have dominion over our heart. Yet Samson allowed the mistress of lust to rule and reign in his heart. As a result, while he slept, the Philistines shaved his seven braids. He awoke to find his strength gone and his enemies upon him. They then gouged out his eyes.
"The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if [our] eye is clear (without sin), [our] whole body will be full of light (Christ and His truth) (Matthew 6:22). For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world (I John 2:16).
We must take control over our desires and what our eyes, thoughts, and hearts embrace. If we walk by the Spirit, then we won't satisfy the desires of the flesh. Therefore, we can deduct that if we are fulfilling the desires of the flesh, then we are not walking by the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:16). If we don't gain control, then those desires will control us to the point of sin and even death. For that reason, we are encouraged to always think and meditate on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).
Samson was unable to discipline himself and take control of his desires. Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death (James 1:13-18). Samson's unbridled desires led to his death.
Therefore, we must ask, "What or whom might be an enemy nemesis to our soul?" When we became Christians, we were consecrated and empowered to overcome the works of the enemy. We do not have to be enslaved to fleshly desires. God provided a way of escape. The question then becomes, "Do we want to escape?"
God had chosen Samson from birth to be a godly man who would live a righteous life and do God's will. But Samson trusted in his own strength and became so spiritually blinded by lust, that the path he chose led to his destruction.
Samson was spiritually blind, but it was his physical blindness that allowed him to finally "see" his need for complete dependence on God. Though his hair had begun to grow out, he had no strength. He called upon God to help him slay the Philistines and God restored his strength, thus enabling him to take his enemies with him in death.
No doubt, throughout Samson's life, he thought he was serving God, when in reality he was serving the desires of his flesh. Therefore, we might ask ourselves if we are completely surrendered to God and walking in holiness, or are we satisfying our flesh in ways that do not honor God. We must make a decision and choose this day whom we will serve (work for; obey). Our answer should be, "As for me and my house, we will serve (work for and obey) the Lord our God" (Joshua 24:2, 15).
LORD, every kind of temptation, distraction, and enticement permeates the earth. Help me to always keep my heart stayed on You, so that I will not be caught up in carnality that takes your people away from You. Give me strength to live a moral, holy, truthful, and incorruptible life before You. In Jesus name, amen.