5 Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. 6 The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done. 7 Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her.
8 Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass, and in it he saw a swarm of bees and some honey. 9 He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion’s carcass.–(NIV)
Another attitude that caused Samson to fall was an attitude of entitlement. In other words it is the attitude which screams out the words ‘I Deserve It’. Samson thought he deserved the honey in the lion’s carcass because he was the one who killed the lion with his bare hands even though it was forbidden for him to touch a dead body due to his nazarite vows. Samson thought he deserved the beautiful women like the Timnite Philistine woman and Delilah because he was the most strongest man on earth even though he as an Israelite was forbidden to marry a gentile woman. His ‘I deserve it’ attitude caused him to have no regard for his vows or the covenant requirements.
The ‘I deserve it’ attitude is very dangerous, it causes jealousy, hatred, mistrust and rift among people who were once close to each other. Another danger of the ‘I Deserve It’ attitude is that it will cause us to run after something or someone who actually doesn’t deserve us just like how Delilah didn’t deserve a man like Samson.
Today I want to remind you about what we actually deserved i.e death, and that Jesus took upon Himself what we deserved and gave us what He deserves i.e righteousness, eternal life and much more.