Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Delilah "Delicate"

Laverne Aslam

Headline: Entrepreneur or Explicit 
DELILAH: Means delicate or dainty one.

In the Old Testament she is Samson's lover, who she betrays to the Philistines by sharing with them the source of his power.

What Delilah said 4x's: the Philistines are upon you Samson (Judges 16:9, 12, 14, 20)
Her story: Judges 16

It's tough writing about Delilah without mentioning Samson, but this blog is to showcase Delilah so let's give it a go. According to popular interpretations Delilah helped to kill Samson physically and spiritually. She partnered with the Philistines so they could capture Samson. When you think of Delilah's story words like heartless and betrayer comes to mind for some, for others entrepreneur and explicit in her requests.

Scripture doesn't mention where her parents are from only that she lives in the Village of Sorek, possibly a Canaanite, Israelite or Philistine we don't know for sure. But what would make a woman entrap a brother to a group of people who felt he was an enemy of the state? Possibly 1,100 pieces of silver from the leaders of the Philistines, I don't know. But still today money motivates a multitude of sin. 1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)

For the love of money is the root of all evil...

We don't hear from Delilah after she shares Samson's secret, my sanctified mind can see her leaving town with her fortunes. Many reader's of the word would probably want to cause this supposed traitor of the Old Testament harm due to her greed and possibly how direct she was in asking Samson the secret to his strength, then sharing that information with his enemies.

When I read Delilah's story I see a women using what she had available to her to support herself. But then I get nervous when I think about what some say. What if it's true that she was an Israelite digging the betrayal even deeper?

What lessons could we as women today learn from Delilah?

1) She was explicit in her questions she didn't beat around the bush with her request, some might call her deceitful? Be careful sisters how you make your request.

2) There is a spirit of entrepreneurial in Delilah, she was persistent enough to keep at Samson to learn his secret, some might feel her persistent was unfairly rewarded, and others might feel a woman has to do what a woman has to do to survive. Be careful sisters its not what we do but how.

**Trust God and do good** (Proverbs 37:3)

Laverne Brown is a Children's Church Teacher and Servant Leader at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. She has a thirst for God's Word whether it's individual or group study. Her life verse currently is Genesis 16:13. 
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