“And the lords of the Philistines came to her and said to her, Entice him and see in what his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him that we may bind him to subdue him. And we will each give you 1,100 pieces of sliver.” Judges 16:5 Amplified
Delilah, the harlot, is our woman of the Bible for today. We all know the story of Samson, a man of great strength defeated by a woman. Our scripture for today tells of her being paid off by Samson’s enemies so that they can overcome him. 1,100 pieces of silver sounds pretty good even in today’s economy, back then it surely must have been a small fortune. Interestingly Delilah doesn’t play any games with trying to get Samson to tell her where his strength comes from, she just asks him. You would think he would have realized what she was up to, and maybe he did, because he doesn’t tell her the truth, at first. I suppose love is blind, he doesn’t seem to realize when the men try to catch him that she’s feeding them the information. She asks him again telling him that he mocked her by not telling her the truth, that if he truly loved her he would tell her. She continued after him day after day until finally he gives in and tells her that his strength is in his hair. This time when his enemies come they are able to subdue him and bored out his eyes. His final demise was actually due to his eyes as they had seen Delilah to begin with.
This story speaks to me about temptation and how far it can lead us away from God. We have emotions, as well as our senses, but we should never allow them to lead us around. Always have a guard over your flesh, and let that Guard be the Lord.