Judges 16:21 “But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.”
Samson initially went to Gaza to relax and perhaps show off his strength. He dealt a very bad blow to the Philistine town of Gaza:
Judges 16:1 “Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.”
Judges 16:3 “And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron.”
Samson went to Gaza to meet with a harlot and the men of that town set a trap for him. Unfortunately for them, Samson woke up in the night and removed the gate of the town and carried it to the top of a hill by Hebron.
In those days, gates are very important to any city. It protects them from enemy attacks, controls access and also serves as a decision making center. What Samson did was tantamount to disgracing the city and the inhabitants.
Samson humiliated the enemy with divine strength. God took all the glory, but unfortunately Samson went back to the same Gaza to romance prostitutes!
The devil is unforgiving, you cannot disgrace him then go back to toy, romance and play with him. The men of Gaza went full fledge after Samson and he fell flat.
When they took him back to Gaza, he was chained in the prison and was forced to start grinding for them. Bible history told us that grinding a hand mill was the hardest and lowest kind of slave labour. It was the most humiliating job a slave can do.
The same Gaza where Samson performed his greatest feat of strength became a place where the enemy chose to disgrace him. When you toy with the devil, he makes a mess of you on the long run. May you not become a “pepper” grinder for the enemy!
To be continued…
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