Hate Watch (Judges 16:15-17)

“I love to hate watch it!” My daughter was sharing a link with me from social media.

“What? You mean you watch it just because you hate it and it’s fun to criticize?”

“Exactly!”

I am still stuck on the latest term “shaming”…now, it’s hate watch! My daughter continues to introduce me to the burgeoning lexicon of today’s language, growing faster than an internet virus. In this case, however, I completely understand and share her views. It is watching something so deliciously annoying, that one cannot resist viewing it. 

There are many movies of famous Biblical events that can readily be found on social media. The story of Samson and Delilah is one example. Most are familiar with the tale of Samson whom God chose to be a Judge of Israel. Although powerful, he had many tragic flaws including an impetuous nature and a weakness for women. The seductive Delilah is used by the Philistines to entice Samson to divulge the secret of his strength. Three times she attempts to entrap him in an obvious ploy and each time, Samson lies to her, teasing her. In spite of this, the Philistines still attempt to capture him after each time. Somehow, he is totally clueless over her intentions and she persists a fourth time and is ultimately successful.

And she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me where your great strength lies.” And when she pressed him hard with her words day after day, and urged him, his soul was vexed to death. And he told her all his heart, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.”

Judges 16:15-17 (ESV)

I am so annoyed whenever I read this story or watch a presentation of this. How can Samson be so stupid and gullible and give in to Delilah’s pleadings when he knows what will happen next?  I yell out, “You idiot!” I would never be this gullible, right? Oh no, never! I would never ignore navigation assists to get to a location because I think I know how to get there, in spite of numerous past incidents that have proven me wrong. I would never lose my temper in front of my family, even though I am completely aware of the trigger points that have caused me to fall many times before. Never!

Hate watch.

Look in the mirror! I need to re-examine my behavior because if I’m not careful, my life will be on display for others to hate watch. Thanks be to God that He is still able to use a person with as many flaws as Samson. It encourages me that God may still be able to use a broken vessel like myself.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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