Judges, Chapter 15

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Samson Sends 300 Foxes to Burn the Philistines’ Fields

Samson goes back to Timnah only to discover that his wife’s father has already married her off to another man. In revenge, Samson takes 150 pairs of foxes, ties each pair tail to tail, and places a torch between them. He then lets them run amok and set the crops of the Philistines ablaze. The Philistines retaliate by burning Samson’s wife and her father to death. Devastated by this news, he delivers another fierce blow. In response, the Philistines raid the land of Judah. The Judahites become concerned and ask Samson to turn himself over to the Philistines. Samson agrees and is taken by his enemies with his hands tied to each other. After a few moments, Samson breaks the ropes and kills the Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. When Samson becomes thirsty, he prays to God for salvation. God responds by manifesting a spring from which Samson can drink, making it clear that Samson has God’s support. Samson lives in a time when his people are oppressed by the Philistines. His mission is to fight the Philistines and allow Israel’s light to shine anew. Samson’s actions are proof that even a single individual can serve as a vessel of light for many. 

“And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails. And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives” (Judges 15:4-5)

 “With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men” (Judges 15:16)

“Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?” (Judges 15:18)

Higher consciousness is achieved through study, which is motivated by curiosity; curiosity is where the process begins.