Jud. 16:10-11 “And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightiest be bound. And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.”
The ring-tailed monkey is very difficult to catch. Being extremely agile, many hunters have tried in vain to catch this monkey. But the Zulu’s have been catching them for years! For they know that the monkey has a great weakness – melon pips! What the Zulu’s do is cut a narrow slip in a melon, just wide enough for a monkey to slide his hand in sideways. The monkeys can’t resist. They slide their hand in, grab the pips, but suddenly find that they can’t get their hand out once they have made a fist in clinching the pips. Wanting the pips real bad, they don’t even think to let go – and there they stay… trapped!
Samson here is like the ring-tailed monkey. He had already proven two times that Delilah wanted to subdue him by knowing his weakness, still, he reveals to her his weakness. He knows that he is in Delilah’s trap, still, he did not let go. And it was the caused of his downfall. Most of the time, we are like Samson and the ring-tailed monkey. We know that what we are about to put ourselves into is a trap of the enemy, but still we go because the will of the flesh is stronger in us. We may all learn a lesson from the life of Samson.
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