The Challenge of Holy Kings
Samson, Part 1: Know Your Weaknesses
Alright @Duran , here we go!
I started this challenge because it was something I wanted to do, but wanted some support along the way. Since there weren’t many people who showed an interest in it, I will leave the challenge open in case anyone would like to join as it goes along.
Our first king isn’t actually a king, but he was a judge in Israel. Samson is thought to be the strongest man who ever lived. How could it be that a man of such great physical strength fell prey to his enemies?
This week’s challenge is to learn your weaknesses.
Samson had two great weaknesses. The first was his lust for women. The three main stories of him getting into a lot of trouble all revolve around him going after a woman.
The next was his hair. Samson’s parents were not able to have children, but an angel told them that there would be a miracle, that they would have a son. He gave them some rules for raising the boy, one of which was: “no razor shall come upon his head”.
There are a few stories written about when Samson gave in to his weakness. Here are two of them, summarized:
Samson went to another city to see a prostitute. Because of this, enemy soldiers were able to ambush him. That time, Samson was able to get away.
The next time he sought a beautiful woman she was offered money to learn Samson’s weakness. She blatantly asked him, “how can we bind you, to AFFLICT you?” Samson lied to her three times, and three times she tried to take away his strength so soldiers could capture him. It was no secret what she was trying to do. She asked him “daily with her words, and URGED him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;”
Samson was facing real, live urges, but stayed and tried to fight instead of leaving.
After he told her the truth, she had his hair cut off. The soldiers captured him, “put out his eyes” (or blinded him) and forced him to work in a prison.
What is your task this week?
Use the stats and journal section of Rewire Companion to asses your greatest weaknesses, and post them here. Then, pay attention to that throughout the week to see more closely how your weaknesses affect you. We will build on this in part 2.
Next week we will focus on the strengths of Samson, and identify some of our own.