We’re reading through Judges at Oak Tree Church, and I’m posting some observations from my daily readings here within a day or two after the reading. I’d love for you to join in the discussion.
Thoughts on Judges 14-15
These chapters continue the story of the Samson. We see the begin of his downfall here.
Now his father and mother did not realize this was the LORD’s doing, because he was looking for an opportunity to stir up trouble with the Philistines (for at that time the Philistines were ruling Israel). Judges 14:4 NET
This verse makes me wonder. What if Manoah had followed God’s law that was already given and told Samson “no”? Would he have been obeying or disobeying God? I tend to think Manoah would have been commended for obedience, and Samson would have taken a different path to stir up trouble.
When the Philistines saw he had no attendants, they gave him thirty groomsmen who kept him company. Judges 14:11 NET
The rest of this chapter reminds me of the old adage that we find in 1 Corinthians 15:33 – “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (This saying actually traces all the way back to Menander, a Greek dramatist, who lived c. 342-291 B.C.)
Samson led Israel for twenty years during the days of Philistine prominence. Judges 15:20 NET
Unlike some of the other judges, Samson was a man of war, not peace. So it shouldn’t really be a surprise that – since God designed him to fight – he did not give Israel peace (or “rest”) during Samson’s rule.
What did you see in these verses? What was important to you in Judges 14-15 that I did not see?