Judges 15–16: On the Bald, Eyeless Jester Who Is Used by God (Bible Talk, Ep. 79)
In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Judges 15–16.
1:49 / Where are we in the story of Judges?
3:11 / Who does Samson sound like when he says, “I will go in to my wife”? (15:1)
4:58 / What happens after Samson’s wife is taken from him?
9:14 / Is Samson a good guy?
12:27 / Why does it sound like Samson’s story should end in Judges 15:20?
17:17 / What is Gaza?
18:27 / Why are the Gazites so desirous to kill Samson? Is the Spirit of the Lord still with him? (16:2–4)
21:06 / How does Samson’s fall teach us about the folly of sin?
22:01 / Jim and Sam provide commentary on the conclusion of Samson and Delilah’s back-and-forth.
25:47 / Is it significant that the book of Judges says “the Lord” left Samson, as opposed to “the Spirit of the Lord,” which had been upon him? (16:20)
27:02 / Is mention of the regrowth of Samson’s hair just good storytelling? (16:22)
27:54 / The Philistines declare the gospel of Dagon.
30:01 / “Call Samson, that he may crush us.” (16:25)
32:56 / How does Samson’s death foreshadow Jesus’ death?
34:45 / How do the ends of Judges Chapters 15 and 16 contrast one another?
36:25 / How does Samson’s story exemplify the failure of the judges?
38:10 / What should we think about Samson’s mention in Hebrews 11?
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Graphic: The Blinded Samson, Lovis Corinth (1912)