Honey In The Carcass
Samson ruled Israel as a judge for 20 years. Among the many judges that governed Israel, he was exceptionally unique. He was unique because he was the only judge in Israel who could protect Israel single-handedly without the use of an army. More importantly, Samson was unique because he was a type of Christ. In him we see the foreshadowed Christ, in his story we find the Gospel hidden and God’s heartbeat for all mankind to hear of this greatest story of Love.
8 After some time, when he returned to get her, he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion. And behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the carcass of the lion.
9 He took some of it in his hands and went along, eating. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them, and they also ate. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.
In Judges 14, we read that Samson was heading towards Timnah with his parents to meet a woman whom he would like to take as wife. Along the way, he encountered a ferocious young lion. The Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands!
Days later when Samson passed by the same way, he noticed that there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion he killed. He took some honey for his consumption and shared it with his parents as well.
We learnt in 1 Peter 5:8 that “our Adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” The lion that encountered Samson in the vineyard was a type of Satan, our greatest adversary. Samson’s defeat of the lion is a representation of Christ’s work on the Cross that forever destroyed the Enemy. Christ has “disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)
Through Samson, not only do we see a symbol of Jesus destroying the Enemy, we also see a representation of Jesus turning the entire Kingdom of Darkness upside down. In Judges 16:2-3, we continue to read:
2 When the Gazites were told, “Samson has come here!” they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him.”
3 And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
Interestingly, Samson did not break the gates. He removed the entire post and carried it on his shoulder, bearing the full weight of it up the hill facing Hebron. Gates are significant in the olden times. Gates are the entry into a city or a Kingdom. They are usually the strongest and most fortified. When the gates of a city are destroyed, the city remains utterly defenseless.
In the same way, Christ bore the entire weight of the sins of this world up Golgotha. David was anointed as king of Israel in Hebron was his first capital city before Jerusalem. By discarding the gates of the Philistines on a hill facing Hebron, Samson manifested the ultimate triumph of the Kingdom of Heaven over the Kingdom of Darkness. Indeed, as Jesus has declared in Matthew 16:18, “upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
This is a type of Christ’s victory over death and the grave. He not only rolled away the stone from the door of His grave and came forth Himself; He carried away the gates of the grave and Hades shall forever remain powerless to all that are His; it shall not, it cannot and will never be able to detain those who believe in Him.
Because our Lord Jesus has conquered Satan, that roaring lion together with his legions and kingdom, believers now find honey in the carcass; abundant strength and satisfaction in that victory! Not only enough for themselves, but also for all their friends and family! Let those who by the grace of God have found sweetness in Christ communicate their experience to their friends and family, inviting them to come and share with them!
When was the last time you shared the Gospel with a friend or family member? Evangelism, reaching out to the lost with the Gospel of Christ is something so important to God that you find it not only in the New Testament, but also in the Old Testament! Let us not keep the sweetness of our Salvation stemming from the defeat of Death to ourselves, let us share it with those whom we love that they may enjoy this amazing Sweetness as well.
Let us pray.
“Dear Jesus, I thank You for destroying the power of death and the kingdom of darkness through Your Cross. Because of Your sacrifice, I no longer have to face defeat nor the bondages of Sin. Because of Your death, I no longer have to fear death and I receive the sweetness of abundant life. Renew my heart and put in me the desire to share this sweetness with those around me. Let me not be selfish and help me to step out of my comfort zone to make known this amazing story to those around me today! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”