5-2-5 Samson And David
The point of all this is that God intends us to make character
studies of those He has carefully recorded in the word. And that
doesn't only mean at Bible Schools. Job, Samson, Jacob...these men
must live in our lives and meditation, to the end we may find the
spirit of the Lord Himself in our daily experience. Samson is one
of those whose record is evidently designed for meditation. This
is why there are so many open ended questions of interpretation
of his actions and character- e.g., as to whether he was justified
in seeking a Philistine wife as part of seeking an occasion against
the Philistines. There is no lack of evidence that later Bible characters
found inspiration in Samson, especially in their weakness. Manasseh
(2 Chron. 33:12,13 = Jud. 16:19,28); Jeremiah (commented on in Samson:
General Introduction), Nehemiah (16:28 = Neh. 13:22,31), and
not least David, another zealot with middle age lust problems (Ps.
118:10-12 = Jud. 16:2). The Spirit came on David as it did on Samson
(1 Sam. 16:13); they were both empowered to kill lions, whilst keeping
the fact a secret. And in both those acts they were taught that
they would deliver God's people from the Philistines (1 Sam. 17:34-37).
Indeed, David's confident words that God would deliver him from
the Philistines were evidently inspired by Samson, the renowned
one-man deliverer from Philistine armies. Both Samson and David
wrought " great salvation" for Israel (1 Sam. 19:5 cp.
Jud. 15:18). As Samson was characterized by his love of that riddle
(the word occurs nine times in 14:12-19, and 15:16 Heb. is also
some kind of riddle), so David uses the same word to describe how
he chose to put forth a riddle (Ps. 78:2). Psalm 3 is full of reference
to Samson's fight at Lehi. It was also written at a time when David
was betrayed by his own people:
" Many are saying of me, 'God will not deliver him'"
- the thoughts of the Israelites as they delivered the bound Samson
to the Philistines
" But you are a shield around me" - how it must have
seemed to a spectator
" To the Lord I cry aloud" - as Samson did
" I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against
me" - huge armies against one solitary man is a clear reference
to Samson at Lehi
" Strike all my enemies the jaw bone" (Ps. 3:7 Heb.)-
it could imply 'with the jaw bone'. The Hebrew for 'jaw bone'
is the same as in Jud. 15:16.