Judges 14:1 “And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.”
Judges 14:2 “And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.”
I know you know the errors of Samson. When we talk about him, we always talk about his several mistakes. I know you’ll probably want us to analyse how he messed up and wanted a strange woman for wife.
I know you want to crucify him for this particular move, well, I have preached it in different shapes and manners, tearing him down and picking vital life lessons on how not to live in error, from Samson’s life. I understand your stand and position on Samson but then, can we allow the Holy spirit take us in another direction in this meditation?
When we look deeper we see better. Let your deep call to the Deep of God as we meditate on the positives in this powerful story.
Let’s begin from the title “Timnath” as we lay a solid foundation for this study. The word Timnath is from the Hebrew word, “timnâh” which means PORTION or MY INHERITANCE, APPOINT and PREPARE!
Paraphrasing Judges 14:1 & 2 with this understanding, we have:
“And Samson went to Philistines a place of the enemies and saw his PORTION there. He saw his inheritance, well prepared at the appointed place and he told his father and mother that they should get it for him!”
Well, his parents declined and like many of us do and are probably doing now, they declined. His parents had a cogent reason like many of us not to visit the territory of the “sinners” or have anything to do with them, which is correct but not the truth in this particular occasion. How do I know?
Judges 14:4 “But his father and his mother knew not that IT [WAS] OF THE LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines…”
To be continued…
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