Make a Donation
About The Author
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan
|Get Daily Bible Study on Facebook||Get Daily Bible Study on Twitter Follow @WayneBlank|
The Pillars Of Dagon's Temple
by Wayne Blank
Samson was a Nazarite (also spelled Nazirite). Cutting his hair caused his loss of strength, which was actually a loss of God's protection, because God's protection in Samson's case involved physical strength and skill as a warrior. Having long hair didn't somehow make Samson strong; it was merely a part of his consecration, along with not consuming wine or having any contact with the dead (Judges 16:17, see also the Fact Finder question below about Nazarites). If Delilah had gotten him to drink wine or go near a dead body, it would have had the same result as cutting his hair (some claim that Jesus Christ was also a Nazarite from birth, but He could not have been because the Scriptures plainly state that the Messiah drank wine; see also Wine or Grape Juice?)
"I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me"
After his capture, the Philistines gouged out Samson's eyes and "detained" him in a prison in Gaza. One day, while they were celebrating their apparent victory over one of God's servants, they brought Samson into their pagan temple of Dagon to gleefully mock and further abuse their then defenseless captive. Samson pleaded to God to restore his strength one last time to avenge not only their blinding him, but what they were doing to a man of God. The Lord granted his request. Samson still lost his life, but he knew that they were going to kill him anyway. What Samson did was not a "suicide" as some have claimed, but a single-handed military attack from which 3,000 enemy Philistines died with him.
"Then The Lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their God, and to rejoice: for they said, Our God hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand."
Fact Finder: Samson was "a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death" (Judges 13:7 KJV). What was a "Nazarite"?