Shof'tim (Judges) Chapter 16

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Ayin- spiritual insight

Shof’tim 16:1 Now Shimshon went to Azah and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.

Shimshon allowed the lust of the flesh to overtake him. He became a slave to his lust. When we sin we allow a hole in our armor for the evil one to shoot a flaming dart.

Ephesians 6:11-17 Put on the full armor of G-d, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of G-d, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of G-d.

This kind of shows us a need for a righteous King who does not fail, Does it not? Yeshua is the only one who fulfills this.

Shof’tim 16:2-3 When it was told to the Gazites, saying, "Shimshon has come here," they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. And they kept silent all night, saying, "Let us wait until the morning light, then we will kill him." Now Shimshon lay until midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts and pulled them up along with the bars; then he put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite Hebron.

What is this a picture of? Surely you know! Yeshua taking his execution stake.

He put them on his shoulders and carried them up - This was a distance of approximately 38 miles. What a incredible show of strength.

Shof’tim 16:4-5 After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was D’lilah. And the L-rds of the P’lishtim came up to her, and said to her, "Entice him, and see where his great strength lies and how we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him. Then we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver."

Silver to betray Shimshon not unlike silver that betrayed the Messiah.

Z’kharyah (Zechariah) 11:13 And the L-RD said unto me, Cast it to the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the L-RD.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 27:3-9 Then when Y’hudah (Judah), who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." But they said, "What is that to us? See to that yourself!" And he threw the pieces of silver into the sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood." And they counseled together and with the money bought the Potter's Field as a burial place for strangers. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one whose price had been set by the sons of Israel;

Shof’tim 16:6-9 So D’lilah said to Shimshon, "Please tell me where your great strength is and how you may be bound to afflict you." And Shimshon said to her, "If they bind me with seven fresh cords that have not been dried, then I shall become weak and be like any other man." Then the L-rds of the P’lishtim brought up to her seven fresh cords that had not been dried, and she bound him with them. Now she had men lying in wait in an inner room. And she said to him, "The P’lishtim are upon you, Shimshon!" But he snapped the cords as a string of tow snaps when it touches fire. So his strength was not discovered.

How many times did some try to trap Yeshua?

Shof’tim 16:10-15 Then D’lilah said to Shimshon, "Look, you have deceived me and told me lies; now please tell me, how you may be bound." And he said to her, "If they bind me tightly with new ropes which have not been used, then I shall become weak and be like any other man." So D’lilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, "The P’lishtim are upon you, Shimshon!" For the men were lying in wait in the inner room. But he snapped the ropes from his arms like a thread. Then D’lilah said to Shimshon, "Up to now you have deceived me and told me lies; tell me how you may be bound." And he said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my hair with the web [and fasten it with a pin, then I shall become weak and be like any other man." So while he slept, D’lilah took the seven locks of his hair and wove them into the web]. And she fastened it with the pin, and said to him, "The P’lishtim are upon you, Shimshon!" But he awoke from his sleep and pulled out the pin of the loom and the web. Then she said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when your heart is not with me? You have deceived me these three times and have not told me where your great strength is."

Now who does this sound like? Who denied Messiah three times and the Messiah asked if He loved him three time in return.

Yochanan 21:17-20 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Yochanan, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him," L-rd, You know all things; You know that I love You. "Yeshua said to him," Tend My sheep. "Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself, and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go." Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify G-d. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me!"

Shof’tim 16:16-17 And it came about when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was annoyed to death. So he told her all that was in his heart and said to her, "A razor has never come on my head, for I have been a Nazirite to G-d from my mother's womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me and I shall become weak and be like any other man."

In the end, He would allow himself to be taken and betrayed just like Yeshua.

Shof’tim 16:18-20 When D’lilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, she sent and called the L-rds of the P’lishtim, saying, "Come up once more, for he has told me all that is in his heart." Then the L-rds of the P’lishtim came up to her, and brought the money in their hands. And she made him sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his hair. Then she began to afflict him, and his strength left him. And she said, "The P’lishtim are upon you, Shimshon!" And he awoke from his sleep and said, "I will go out as at other times and shake myself free." But he did not know that the L-RD had departed from him.

The power always was the L-rd’s. G-d’s son died on the execution stake only because He was sent for this very purpose. Shimshon too had yet a purpose that is to be a instrument of G-d’s judgment on the P’lishtim.

Shof’tim 16:21-22 Then the P’lishtim seized him and gouged out his eyes; and they brought him down to Azah and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison. However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it was shaved off.

Bronze represent judgment.

Shof’tim 16:23-25 Now the L-rds of the P’lishtim assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice, for they said, "Our god has given Shimshon our enemy into our hands." When the people saw him, they praised their god, for they said, "Our god has given our enemy into our hands, Even the destroyer of our country, Who has slain many of us." It so happened when they were in high spirits, that they said, "Call for Shimshon, that he may amuse us." So they called for Shimshon from the prison, and he entertained them. And they made him stand between the pillars.

They thought the whole thing was funny and it amused them just like Yshua was amusing to the people while on the execution stake.

Matthew 27:39-44 And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of G-d, come down from the execution stake." In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him, and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the execution stake, and we shall believe in Him. "He trusts in G-d; let Him deliver Him now, if He takes pleasure in Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of G-d.'" And the robbers also who had been crucified with Him were casting the same insult at Him.

Shof’tim 16:26-27 Then Shimshon said to the boy who was holding his hand, "Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them." Now the house was full of men and women, and all the L-rds of the P’lishtim were there. And about 3,000 men and women were on the roof looking on while Shimshon was amusing them.

Shimshon, the type, like the real deal, stretches out his arms as if on the execution stake and becomes victorious over his enemies. Yeshua too was victorious on the execution stake and conquered sin and death. We need to confess our sins and accept His death as payment for our sins, in order to have our sins atoned for.

Shof’tim 16:28 Then Shimshon called to the L-RD and said, "O L-rd G-D, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O G-d, that I may at once be avenged of the P’lishtim for my two eyes."

Shimshon comes to his senses concerning his sin and does not want G-d to forsake him. When he calls out to G-d, G-d doesn’t forsake him. We can always go and call out to G-d when we have sinned. He wants us to come to Him especially when we have done wrong. Only through His strength can we conquer our sins. In contrast, Yeshua, though sinless, calls out to the Father and the Father turns His back on Him. Shimshon wants revenge for his blindness caused by others. In contrast, Yeshua asks the Father to forgive them saying “for they no not what they do.

Shof’tim 16:29-30 And Shimshon grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Shimshon said, "Let me die with the P’lishtim!" And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the L-rds and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life.

Shimshon was willing to die with the P’lishtim. He died with the sinners in victory but brought death. Yeshua willingly dies with the sinners too but His death brings life to those that trust in His death and resurrection.

Yochanan 3:14-19 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life. "For G-d so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. "For G-d did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of G-d. "And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil.

Love His mercy and accept what the Father has offered us, that is his son has done for you what thousand rams could not. Mercy forever!

Mikhah (Micah) 6:6-8 With what shall I come before the L-RD, And bow myself before the High G-d? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old? Will the L-RD be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the L-RD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your G-d?

The number saved by this act will also be more than the number Yeshua saved while alive.

Shof’tim 16:31 Then his brothers and all his father's household came down, took him, brought him up, and buried him between Tzorah and Eshta’ol in the tomb of Manoach his father. Thus he had judged Israel twenty years.