Shof'tim (Judges) Chapter 15

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Samech –Divine presence and support; stands for the Holy of Holies of the Temple.

Shof’tim 15:1-2 But after a while, in the time of wheat harvest, it came about that Shimshon visited his wife with a young goat, and said, "I will go in to my wife in her room." But her father did not let him enter. And her father said, "I really thought that you hated her intensely; so I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister more beautiful than she? Please let her be yours instead."

Shimshon (Samson) had every right to not only visit his wife but to take her home. Her father was wrong to keep her from him and also was wrong in giving her to another man.

It was forbidden to marry your wife’s sister.

Lev 18:18 'And you shall not marry a woman in addition to her sister as a rival while she is alive, to uncover her nakedness.

Shof’tim 15:3-5 Shimshon then said to them, "This time I shall be blameless in regard to the P’lishtim when I do them harm." And Shimshon went and caught three hundred foxes, and took torches, and turned the foxes tail to tail, and put one torch in the middle between two tails. When he had set fire to the torches, he released the foxes into the standing grain of the P’lishtim, thus burning up both the shocks and the standing grain, along with the vineyards and groves.

Wow! This was some feat. First he had to catch the foxes. He must have had to cage them somewhere until he had all that he wanted. Then to tie two wild animals together, 150 times and set them loose with a burning torch is incredible. Remember it was during the wheat harvest so this would have been devastating to the entire crop of the P’lishtim.

Shof’tim 15:6-8 Then the P’lishtim said, "Who did this?" And they said, "Shimshon, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he took his wife and gave her to his companion." So the P’lishtim came up and burned her and her father with fire. And Shimshon said to them, "Since you act like this, I will surely take revenge on you, but after that I will quit." And he struck them ruthlessly with a great slaughter; and he went down and lived in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

So Shimshon wife and father-in-law are burned alive to get back at Shimshon. This battle continues to escalate. He then retaliates again for what happened to his wife and father-in-law.

Shof’tim 15:9-13 Then the P’lishtim went up and camped in Y’hudah, and spread out in Lechi. And the men of Y’hudah said, "Why have you come up against us?" And they said, "We have come up to bind Shimshon in order to do to him as he did to us." Then 3,000 men of Y’hudah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam and said to Shimshon, "Do you not know that the P’lishtim are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?" And he said to them, "As they did to me, so I have done to them." And they said to him, "We have come down to bind you so that we may give you into the hands of the P’lishtim." And Shimshon said to them, "Swear to me that you will not kill me." So they said to him, "No, but we will bind you fast and give you into their hands; yet surely we will not kill you." Then they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock.

The type, Shimshon, betrayed was into the hands of the P’lishtim. Not unlike Yeshua who was turned into the hands of the Romans.

Shof’tim 15:14-15 When he came to Lechi, the P’lishtim shouted as they met him. And the Spirit of the L-RD came upon him mightily so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds dropped from his hands. And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it.

The Spirit of the L-RD came upon him – during the Tanakh period of the Bible Ruach HaKodesh would come upon a person for a particular period of time to enable them to do a particular job and then leave them when the job was done. Now the Ruach HaKodesh indwells the believer in Yeshua permanently and never leaves them.

Shof’tim 15:16 Then Shimshon said, "With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey I have killed a thousand men."

Now there is a weapon…one thousand men killed with a jawbone. What strength he had!

Shof’tim 15:17 And it came about when he had finished speaking, that he threw the jawbone from his hand; and he named that place Ramath-Lechi. Ramath-Lechi – meaning the hill of the jawbone. Shimshon, a type, destroyed a thousand men on a hill of the jawbone. In contrast, Yeshua bonds do not drop and he is brought to His death. In so doing He saved how many men on the place or knoll called Golgotha – the skull.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 27:33-34 And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull, they gave Him wine to drink mingled with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.

Romans 5:8-15 But G-d demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of G-d through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to G-d through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in G-d through our Lord Yeshua HaMashiach, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned -- for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the mercy of G-d and the gift by the mercy of the one Man, Yeshua HaMashiach, abound to the many.

Shimshon too becomes thirsty just like the Messiah.

Yochanan (John) 19:28 After this, Yeshua, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I am thirsty."

Tehillim (Psalms) 69:21 They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 27:46-48 And about the ninth hour Yeshua cried out with a loud voice, saying, " Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? "that is," My G-d, My G-d, why have you forsaken Me? " And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, "This man is calling for Elijah." And immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink.

Shof’tim 15:18 Then he became very thirsty, and he called to the L-RD and said, "You have given this great deliverance by the hand of your servant, and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?"

In other words, should I fall into the hands of my enemies? No, in contrast, Yeshua would fall into their hands.

Tehillim (Psalms) 22:16-19 For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.

Shof’tim 15:19-20 But G-d split the hollow place that is in Lechi so that water came out of it. When he drank, his strength returned and he revived. Therefore, he named it En-hakkore, (well of him who cried) which is in Lechi to this day. So he judged Israel twenty years in the days of the P’lishtim.

Shimshon’s thirst was quenched when he cried out and Shimshon’s spirit revived. Yeshua’s was given sour wine when his human nature cried out and his spirit was not revived.

Yochanan (John) 19:30 When Yeshua therefore had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.

Because of this Yeshua offers us a well of water that springs up to eternal life.

Yochanan (John) 4:13-14 Yeshua answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. "

He whose thirst was not quenched by others offers to quenches the thirst of others so they never thirst again.