When you think of bad women of the Bible, who do you think of? Chances are, Delilah is right at the top of the list. And no wonder. She betrayed the man she loved in exchange for a large sum of money. She did nothing when his enemies tortured and abused him.
So what can we learn from such an evil woman? In today’s episode of All God’s Women, we take a hard look at Delilah and consider the powerful influence that we as women have over those around us.
We all know the story of Samson and Delilah. Interestingly, though, in studying her, I found Bible scholars have differing opinions of who she was. Some call her Samson’s wife, but though he did marry a Philistine woman when he was young, the Bible makes no mention of Samson marrying again. Others call Delilah a harlot, but though he did sleep with a harlot, it was not Delilah.
All the Bible tells us about Delilah is that Samson loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. We don’t even know for certain that she was a Philistine, although we can assume that she was.
Samson’s women blur together because they all share common themes. Samson had a weakness for beautiful women. Despite his outstanding physical strength, he became putty in the hands of a woman. It didn’t take long for his enemies to figure this out.
Not many women would identify with Delilah or Samson’s other women. In fact, when we hear their story, we tend to rise up in righteous indignation that anyone could be so cruel.
And yet, if we’re honest with ourselves, unfortunately, we’ve likely to have at some point used our appeal as a woman to manipulate a man to get what we wanted. It may not have been as dramatic as Samson’s women, but have you ever said, “You never…” or “You always…” or “If you loved me, you would…” Have you ever played the guilt card? Have you ever convinced a man to do something he didn’t want to do, but he did it just to get peace from your nagging?
Charm can be deceptive. We can use our God given allure for good or for evil. We can draw men closer to God or we can lead them astray.
Proverbs 31 talks about a virtuous wife and says, “The heart of her husband safely trusts her”. May we be women who support and encourage our men. May we be safe havens they can turn to in their difficult times. May we never be a snare, trapping them, or luring them into dangerous territory. May we do them good and not evil, all the days of our lives.
Bible Study Review
- What relation was Delilah to Samson?
- How were the Philistines able to capture Samson?
- How did Delilah get Samson to reveal the secret of his strength?
Thoughts to Ponder
- Have you ever used your beauty or charm to get your way?
- Have you ever whined or nagged your husband until he gave into your demands?
- Can your husband trust you with his heart?
- How can you be an encouragement to your husband rather than a stumbling block?
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