Today's Daily Bread
SAMSON MARRIES A PHILISTINE
1. A wife and a lion (1-9)
Samson saw a young Philistine woman and wanted to marry her, since it felt right in his eyes. So he asked his parents' help. They knew it violated God's law to marry a non-Israelite. But they didn't know this was from the Lord to confront the Philistines. On a visit, a young lion pounced at Samson and he tore it apart when the Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power. Later, he scooped some honey from a bee hive in the lion's carcass. This also violated God's law of touching the dead.
2. Samson's riddle (10-20)
Samson gave a riddle to 30 Philistine companions: Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet. He bet 30 sets of clothes that they couldn't answer the riddle. They threatened his Philistine wife with death if she didn't tell them. So she nagged Samson with tears until he told her. She told them and they answered about the honey in the lion. The Lord's Spirit came upon Samson and he struck down 30 Philistines and took their clothes to pay off the bet.