Many of the names are followed by their Hebrew meanings in bracketed text.
Later Samson fell in love with Delilah [one who is oppressed or heavy burdened] from the Valley of Sorek [valley of the true vine]. She was bribed with silver by the rulers of the Philistines [ones who crawl in the dust] to find the source of his strength. –
The Valley of Sorek divided Philistia and Judah. Its name means the true vine –which we know is representative of Jesus. The location of the valley demonstrates that Jesus is equally accessible to the Jews and to the Gentiles.
Jesus demonstrated His love for us who have contrite and burdened hearts when He said: “Come unto me all who are weary and burdened, I shall give you rest” ( ).
He was betrayed by one of those closest to him (). Again, it was Satan –the one who was condemned to crawl in the dust– who was behind the plot ( ).
Three times he was tempted, but by the fourth he had grown weary so he told her his secret. –, ,
Three times Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert: with food for His hungry body ( ); with security for His spirit ( ); and with power and respect for His soul ( ).
It was at His fourth temptation where Jesus handed Himself over to be taken prisoner and killed. No one could take His life from Him; He had to give it willingly ( ).
With his head [authority] shaved [given up], his strength left him so he was blinded, shackled and taken to Gaza [the fierce enemy] to prison. –
Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would submit Himself to be public shame and punishment for our sins. ( ) He was blind-folded so that He could not see ( ). He was bound and taken into custody ( ).
The Philistines gathered together to worship their god Dagon [a fish] at the temple and asked for Samson to be brought out to entertain them. –
The crowd –under the influence of Satan– was pleased to have Jesus displayed for execution. ( )
His hair began to grow back and he asked God for revenge for his eyes. –
After His death and resurrection –with His power returned– Jesus led those who had been taken captive by death up into heaven. ( )
He asked to be placed between the two supporting pillars of the temple. –
The supporting pillars that Jesus broke down were the foundations of Jewish legalism: They were the priesthood and the law. He began a new priesthood –serving forever as the High Priest– and He replaced the law. ( )
Then Samson demolished the temple with 3,000 Philistines –more than when he was living. –
Little did they realize that His body was the temple that He was going to destroy by giving up His own life. ()
Like Samson who took the entire weight of Dagon’s temple upon himself, Jesus was crushed by the enormity of the punishment for all of our transgressions. ( )
And with His death, He overcame Satan and sin and death. ()
Samson’s [the sunlight’s] brothers and family took his body back where his ministry began, between Zorah [painful sting] and Eshtoal [requirements] in the tomb of Manoah [peace and rest], his father. –
One of the believers –from His new family– took His body to the grave. ()
Jesus returned to heaven where He started. ( )