Some good and some bad on Samson and the unnamed Philistine woman. He said to his parents in Judges 14:2, ‘I want to marry her. Get her for me.’
What seems good here is:
1. Samson wanted to do things ‘in order’. Marriage came before sex.
2. Samson respects the tradition and requests/demands that his parents arrange the marriage.
What is not good here is:
1. His attraction to this woman is purely physical. He was attracted to her beauty, not to her person.
2. He is “looking” in the wrong crowd – the wrong circle of people. His parents ask the obvious question; ‘Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites?’ Samson had no business even “looking” at women outside his tribe.
3. Before Samson considers marriage, he first needs to become a man. His actions are that of a boy. He has some serious growing up to do.
This reminds me of I Corinthians 13:11;
“When I was a child,
I spoke like a child,
I thought like a child,
I reasoned like a child;
When I became an man, I put an end to childish ways”
Question: What do I see in Samson that I also see in myself?