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Riddle Me This part 2 of 6

Updated: Jan 20

Friday, I wrote about a birth announcement delivered by an Angel. It was not the birth announcement delivered to Zacharias and Elizabeth. It was not the birth announcement delivered to Mary and Joseph. This birth announcement came to an unnamed woman and her husband Manoah.


But let me ask you, do you enjoy a good riddle?


For instance, “what belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?”


Or,


“I make two people out of one. What am I?”


Or


“I am white when I am dirty and black when I am clean. What am I?”


Riddles.


I remember my first riddle. I must have been 8 or 9 years old. “A plane crashes directly on the border of the United States and Mexico. Where will the survivors be buried?”


One more before I give you the answers.


“Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet.”


Any ideas?


The answer to the first riddle is: your name.

The answer to the second riddle is: a mirror.

The answer to the third riddle is: a chalk board

The answer to my childhood riddle is: Neither. You don’t bury survivors.

And for the answer to the last riddle, we go to our Bible.

We don’t know a lot about Samson’s childhood. We know he grew, and God blessed him. The Bible tells us the Spirit of God began working in him. But then we just pick up with him wanting a wife and not just any wife. This is a Philistine girl.


His parents don’t approve, asking, “Isn’t there a nice girl from the neighborhood that you could marry instead?” But Samson had his mind made up. She was the one he wanted. She was the one!


I love chapter 14:4 because it says that his father and mother had no idea that God was behind this. God was arranging an opportunity for the future but for now, this little trio needed to take a trip.


“Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother. When he got to the vineyards of Timnah, a young lion came at him, roaring. The Spirit of God came on him powerfully and he ripped it open barehanded, like tearing a young goat. But he didn’t tell his parents what he had done.


Then he went on down and spoke to the woman. In Samson’s eyes, she was the one.


Some days later when he came back to get her, he made a little detour to look at what was left of the lion. And there a wonder: a swarm of bees in the lion’s carcass—and honey! He scooped it up in his hands and kept going, eating as he went. He rejoined his father and mother and gave some to them and they ate. But he didn’t tell them that he had scooped out the honey from the lion’s carcass.


His father went on down to make arrangements with the woman, while Samson prepared a feast there. That’s what the young men did in those days. Because the people were wary of him, they arranged for thirty friends to mingle with him.


Samson said to them: “Let me put a riddle to you. If you can figure it out during the seven days of the feast, I’ll give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of fine clothing. But if you can’t figure it out then you’ll give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of fine clothing.”


They said, “Put your riddle. Let’s hear it.” So he said,


From the eater came something to eat,

From the strong came something sweet.


They couldn’t figure it out. After three days they were still stumped. On the fourth day they said to Samson’s bride, “Worm the answer out of your husband or we’ll burn you and your father’s household. Have you invited us here to bankrupt us?”


So Samson’s bride turned on the tears, saying to him, “You hate me. You don’t love me. You’ve told a riddle to my people but you won’t even tell me the answer.”


He said, “I haven’t told my own parents—why would I tell you?”


But she turned on the tears all the seven days of the feast. On the seventh day, worn out by her nagging, he told her. Then she went and told it to her people.


The men of the town came to him on the seventh day, just before sunset and said,


What is sweeter than honey?

What is stronger than a lion?


And Samson said,


If you hadn’t plowed with my heifer,

You wouldn’t have found out my riddle.


Then the Spirit of God came powerfully on him. He went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, stripped them, and gave their clothing to those who had solved the riddle. Stalking out, smoking with anger, he went home to his father’s house. Samson’s bride became the wife of the best man at his wedding.” Judges 14:5-20 NKJV


Did you catch that? He has been betrayed by his bride; this woman he is totally smitten with. Now he is hot with rage, and he ends up murdering 30 men, stripping their clothes off them, and giving to others, and then the icing on the cake? His bride becomes the wife of his best man, at his wedding! And it only gets worse from here.

Talk about injustice. Talk about betrayal. The bride belonged to the bridegroom, not to the best man.


Samson represents Christ the bridegroom. We are the church; thus, we represent the bride. With the entrance of sin, the bride was given to another, but the bride belongs to the bridegroom.


There is so much to this story, and I want to take some time this week and look at Samson in more detail and the many ways that Samson is a type of Christ.


John 3:29 “The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.” NIV


by Jeanette Stark – Tuesday, January 17, 2023

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