Shof'tim (Judges) Chapter 14

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Nun- faithfulness; soul; downfall and rising again.

Shof’tim 14:1-3 Then Shimshon went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the P’lishtim. So he came back and told his father and mother, "I saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the P’lishtim; now therefore, get her for me as a wife." Then his father and his mother said to him, "Is there no woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you go to take a wife from the uncircumcised P’lishtim?" But Shimshon said to his father, "Get her for me, for she looks good to me."

Can you judge a book by its cover? G-d did not want His people to relate with other nations because He wanted Israel to be set apart as a witness to the nations. Shimshon was disobedient; however, G-d allowed it. He wanted to use Shimshon to judge the P’lishtim. Yeshua too will one day be used to judge all the nations. Sometimes those who are believer in Yeshua marry those whom are not believers. Usually it is one who is not too strong in his or her walk with the L-rd. Sometimes the other loves the other person so much they ignore it and hope one day they will come to know the Messiah or they will one day convince them. It is usually not the case. All things are possible with G-d and one can hope; however, the union can cause problems with family members, offspring, and each other. That is why the L-rd wants believers to be equally yoked. Yeshua himself looked to people from other nations to be His bride because most of his people had rejected Him.

Shof’tim 14:4 However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the L-RD, for He was seeking an occasion against the P’lishtim. Now at that time the P’lishtim were ruling over Israel.

G-d had allowed this so Israel would see her need and so that G-d’s power would be demonstrated.

Shof’tim 14:5-6 Then Shimshon went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came as far as the vineyards of Timnah; and look, a young lion came roaring toward him. And the Spirit of the L-RD came upon him mightily, so that he tore him as one tears a kid though he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done.

The Spirit of the L-rd came on him – it was the L-rd’s power that conquered not Shimshon’s.

Shof’tim 14:7 So he went down and talked to the woman; and she looked good to Shimshon.

Sometimes we do things we shouldn’t for the flesh is weak. At that time the single men did not approach the single women directly to get acquainted with them.

Shof’tim 14:8-13a When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and look, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion. So he scraped the honey into his hands and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they ate it; but he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion. Then his father went down to the woman; and Shimshon made a feast there, for the young men customarily did this. And it came about when they saw him that they brought thirty companions to be with him. Then Shimshon said to them, "Let me now propound a riddle to you; if you will indeed tell it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen wraps and thirty changes of clothes. But if you are unable to tell me, then you shall give me thirty linen wraps and thirty changes of clothes."

At this time a marriage that was arranged could take a year from the time of the betrothal until the wedding. That does not seem to be the case in this instance because the carcass of the lion was still there in his trip to the wedding.

The wedding feast celebration lasted 7 days. The marriage supper of the Lamb will last 7 years. It will occur during the same 7 years as the tribulation.

It is interesting that Shimshon, a type of Messiah, is bargaining for is his clothes. They will be trying to take his clothes. They took away the clothes of the Messiah.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 27:35 And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots;

Back to the riddle:

Shof’tim 14:13b-17a And they said to him, "Propound your riddle, that we may hear it." So he said to them,"Out of the eater came something to eat, And out of the strong came something sweet." But they could not tell the riddle in three days. Then it came about on the fourth day that they said to Shimshon's wife, "Entice your husband, that he may tell us the riddle, lest we burn you and your father's house with fire. Have you invited us to impoverish us? Is this not so?" And Shimshon's wife wept before him and said, "You only hate me, and you do not love me; you have propounded a riddle to the sons of my people, and have not told it to me." And he said to her, "Look, I have not told it to my father or mother; so should I tell you?" However she wept before him seven days while their feast lasted.

This gives me a picture of what the feast in heaven will be like for us during the seven years of tribulation. We will be feasting while many people including family members may be suffering on earth.

Shof’tim 14:17b-18 And it came about on the seventh day that he told her because she pressed him so hard. She then told the riddle to the sons of her people. So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,"What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?" And he said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, You would not have found out my riddle."

A metaphor pertaining to plowing with a heifer (female cow) that means they dragged the answer to the riddle from his wife.

What about a riddle within a riddle?

What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion? Surely you know! The Son of G-d –Yeshua HaMashiach!!!

Shof’tim 14:19-20 Then the Spirit of the L-RD came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of them and took their spoil, and gave the changes of clothes to those who told the riddle. And his anger burned, and he went up to his father's house. But Shimshon's wife was given to his companion who had been his friend.

Shimshon’s wife was given to a friend of the bridegroom, one of the highest levels of treason from a friend.

On a higher level, many try to mix other things for our salvation besides our Yeshua our groom. Some try to add immersion for there salvation. John the Immerser was called the bridegroom.

Yochanan (John) 3:29-30 "He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. And so this joy of mine has been made full. "He must increase, but I must decrease.

To place an act as immersion or a sprinkling of water on the head as something to be added to gain salvation is a slap in the face to the Messiah. It is implying that what Yeshua did for us is not sufficient enough. The power of the Father, Son and Ruach HaKodesh was demonstrated. We only have to believe. We are then saved from eternal death.

1 Corinthians 1:17-18 For Messiah did not send me to immerse, but to preach the good news, not in cleverness of speech, that the execution stake of Messiah should not be made void. For the word of the execution stake is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of G-d.

It is truly sad but many out of pride always want to do something to save oneself. Immersion is just a public declaration of our DOWNFALL AND being buried with the Messiah and when we arise out of the water is symbolic of our RISING AGAIN with the Messiah.

As believers, our bridegroom has been taken away from us too. One day He will return. Are you ready?

Luke 5:34-6:1 And Yeshua said to them, "You cannot make the attendants of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? "But the days will come; and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days." And He was also telling them a parable: "No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. "But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. "And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, 'The old is good enough.'"

What does this mean?????

Sad to say some try to mix (works) Mosaic covenant with the Good News (Yeshua’s death and rising again) when it comes to our eternal salvation. Do not do that. You will tear both the new and the old. The purpose of the Mosaic covenant was to show us what sin is and what perfection is. It tells us we are sinners and points us to the Messiah who was perfection. He is the one who conquered and won our battle for us. We, like all people of the Scriptures, fall short of G-d’s standard of perfection. If you do not believe this, what is the purpose and need for a Savior? That is why many don’t. And the fact they don’t believe this they want to trust in themselves or their own actions. Again, NO ONE, AFTER DRINKING OLD WINE WISHES FOR NEW, FOR HE SAYS THE OLD IS GOOD ENOUGH.”

Is It Good enough?

If there had not been anything wrong with the first covenant, why would we have needed a second?

Hebrews 8:7-13 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But G-d found fault with the people and said: "The time is coming, declares the L-rd, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Y’hudah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the L-rd. This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the L-rd. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their G-d, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, `Know the L-rd,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.

See the Hebrew study to find out what also makes it necessary.