1. Woman of Timnah
2. Harlot of Gaza
3. Delilah of Sorek
Samson seemed to tolerate this disloyalty. After all, he himself was unfaithful. The problem with lust is that even if one is attracted to one person, he cannot stay faithful. They are controlled by eyes and form rather than promises and principle. The one controlled by the eye pampers his eye. What the eye sees is insufficient. So he fills his mind with all sorts of sordid thoughts. He 'sees' things that he can't physically see. He pretends people love him. But if he only knew how phony the relationship was. Their hearts will go astray.
Lust might bring people together but it will not keep them together.
"How can he be so stupid!" one hears oneself saying.
If he tells her the 'secret' one time and the Philistines come charging, can he not discern what happened? Sure he can. She even tells him that he deceived her.
Then Delilah said to Samson, "Behold, you have deceived me and told me lies; now please tell me, how you may be bound."
He evidently was caught up in a game of great self-confidence. Nothing would happen to him. He was impregnable. But his balloon popped. His hair was shaved and his strength departed. The one he loved did not love him. Those that are dependent upon shallow relationships will often experience betrayal. The deceit that goes on between the two keeps any real bond from growing.
Lust is a growing problem today with the web, video rentals, piped in cable, etc. Lust is so accepted that many Christians think it is part of living. Can you imagine teachers teaching how to handle lusts rather than to overcome them?! That means they are okay to have. People have given up on solutions because they are ensnared. They love their lusts. We need instructors like Samson to show the scars of living by ones desires rather than the principles of God.
One can easily imagine the "Great Whore" mentioned in the Book of Revelation is enticing men to come to her. If we could only see her invisible claws reach out and hook into the flesh of those who desire what is not theirs. The more they look, the more the hooks enter their flesh so that the whore can pull those hooks anytime she desires. And the men will act as mere puppets. They no longer rule but are ruled.
Samson should be embedded deep enough in our mind that with every lustful notion, we see a blind man led away. We need his story to preserve us and to give us much needed wisdom. Without it, our eyes will lead our lives rather than the mighty Creator God.