Tail to Tail – It’s All Gone in a Flash
Tail to Tail – It’s All Gone in a Flash
Judges Chapter 15:1-7 1 But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in. 2 And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her. 3 And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. 4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails. 5 And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives. 6 Then the Philistines said, who hath done this? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire. 7 And Samson said unto them, though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.
Verses 1-3 – After a while, Samson returns to the land of the Philistines. We do not know how much time has elapsed before Samson decides to return to visit his wife. He was so angered at being outsmarted; he left in annoyance on the night of his wedding. He finally returns to consummate his marriage. OUCH!!! Samson is too late – she has been given to another – none other than his best man at his wedding. He begins to manifest immediately – he had no idea that his father-in-law had given his wife to his best man, and now his father-in-law is trying his hardest to appease Samson. His father-in-law is fully aware of the strength Samson possesses. He is well aware also that Samson has a short fuse – it doesn’t take much to stir up his anger. His father-in-law pleads with him not to be annoyed – he thought that because his daughter deceived him he “hated her” – so he gave her to his best man – but “hey Samson – you can take her sister – my younger daughter as a wife – is she not fairer than her older sister”? That sounds to me like he wants Samson to go from the frying pan into the fire. His first daughter who was given to wife has deceived Samson by scheming – what is the younger sister likely to do?
Samson is infuriated with him. Would you say that Samson has an anger problem? I would. His anger is what God will by His grace and in His sovereignty overrules in order to work it for His glory in the end. By the way, this is not the last time that we are going to see Samson lose his rag and get angry.
Verses 4-5 – Oh dear! This was a time of the harvest. Another OUCH!!! That is a lot of foxes – 300 of them. The fact that Samson was able to catch and hold/assemble 300 foxes at one time and figure out what he is going to do is yet another indication of his wittiness – his is a scheming – I wonder if his middle name was Jacob? He catches the 300 foxes, knots them tail to tail – sets light to their tails in the vicinity of the crops that are about to be harvested – sends them into the fields. It wouldn’t take much to set the fields alight – 300 foxes with their bushes burning! Samson has just completely destroyed the entire year’s crops, and that was their livelihood. This was an act of war against the Philistines, as this would have been both devastating and decimating financially.
No corn. No grapes. No alcohol. No olives. All gone – all after a moment of madness. Samson saw red – his anger was stirred up in him – “I am going to make sure that all those delicacies that you like to feast on for the year – I am going to burn it all up” thought Samson. And as he thought – so he did!
Verses 6 -7 – In chapter 14, the Philistine leaders had actually threatened his wife that they would burn her and her parents alive if she didn’t get Samson to divulge to her the riddle that he had posed to them. Well it seems that to the best of her efforts to save her family and herself from the evil threats of her own people – it turned out to be of no avail.