Judges 14:15-17 15 On the fourth day, they said to Samson’s wife, “Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here to rob us?” 16 Then Samson’s wife threw herself on him, sobbing, “You hate me! You don’t really love me. You’ve given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.” “I haven’t even explained it to my father or mother,” he replied, “so why should I explain it to you?” 17 She cried the whole seven days of the feast. So on the seventh day he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.
Oh my goodness – are you kidding me? This whole scenario is ridiculous. Samson makes a deal with the Philistines that if they can solve his riddle he will pay up, but if they can’t they will owe him. He gives them a very obscure riddle that they cannot solve. So his wife, a Philistine herself, begs and pleads for him to tell her the answer. Of course she plans on telling the Philistines the answer so they can win the bet. Geesh – leave and cleave lady. Where’s the loyalty to your new husband?
I guess there wasn’t any. She wanted to do him in from the very beginning of their marriage. She whined and cried for a week straight. It makes me think of a 3-year-old whining: pleeeeeaaaaassssseeeee, daaaaaaaaaady. Oh my. That would probably get on my nerves too. And not to be a jerk or a chauvinist or anything, but this wife of his was quite a nag. She really was in the truest sense of the word. She nagged him until he gave in. He was the strongest man to ever live, but somehow he was a weak, lovesick puppy when it came to his wife.
You know what else is a nag? Temptation. That is exactly what temptation is. It bothers you. It tries to wear you down. It tries to exploit your weaknesses to get the best of you. And it doesn’t seem to want to give up either. It will whine and cry for a week if it has to. I’ll tell you what – we have got to be stronger than Samson. We have to ignore the nagging of sin. And God has equipped us for it. He has given us the Holy Spirit; He has given us the full armor of God. As Paul wrote, we have no obligation to the flesh. So don’t give up and don’t give in today. So what if temptation comes around whining and crying like a 3-year-old. Put it in a time out and move on with your life in Christ Jesus.