11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables.
“Them that are without” is referring to those people that are outside of the mystery, and seeking whatever God is outside of themselves. The “mystery” is the true meaning of the text. The “mystery of the kingdom of God” is the mystery of yourself. Because where is the kingdom? It’s within you…
Luke 17:21 KJV
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
And if you don’t understand that, then you are trying to interpret allegory, symbolism, mythology, and parables as historical and literal. A common fallacy that is alive and well today, especially in fundamental religions.
The age-old story of Samson and Delilah is one that I’m sure most of you have heard about at one time or another as the story of God’s strongman that ultimately has a fall from grace because he shacks up with Delilah, who prods him constantly to learn the secret of his strength. She eventually does and cuts off his hair, which was the source, after which he goes into a period of degradation and humiliation, but eventually regains his powers and brings down the temple, etc., etc., etc.
“Samson was the last of the judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible and one of the last of the leaders who “judged” Israel before the institution of the monarchy. He is sometimes considered to be an Israelite version of the popular Near Eastern folk hero also embodied by the Sumerian Enkidu and the Greek Heracles (Hercules).”
Moses Maimonides, the Jewish theologian and historian states:
“Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.”
“Every time you find in our books a tale, the reality of which seems impossible, a story which is repugnant to both reason and common sense, then be sure that the tale contains a profound allegory veiling a deeply mysterious truth; and the greater the absurdity of the letter, the deeper the wisdom of the spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The word Delilah means “hanger” or “vertical transporter”, additional information from Abarim-Publications sheds light on the meaning:
The verb דלל (dalal) means to hang, not statically but rather dynamically, usually underway between a reservoir of plenty and a place of need. Adjective דל (dal) means low, weak, poor or thin. Noun דלה (dalla) denotes a drooping bundle of hair or threads of warp hanging in loom. The identical noun דלה (dalla) denotes the poor.Whoever made up the name Delilah must have tinkered quite a bit with the root. The question is: why? The author could have called her a Low Life and named her Dalah, Dallah or Dalalah, and be done with it. Whatever the reason (or intended meaning), the name Delilah as it is written looks like it contains the word לילה (layela), meaning night, and that evokes an association with the name of the fabulous night creature Lilith.
Clearly, Delilah is associated with something low or drooping, which ties in with the lower aspect of “woman”, metaphysically speaking, which is the emotional nature.
Alright, let’s go to the Book of Judges and break down the real meaning. Because this never happened, right?
Judges 16-4 KJV
4 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
That passage right there tells you so much about what this story is really about, but if you don’t know how to interpret the symbolism, you are totally in the dark and have no other option but to look at it literally. And with that, we see the mess of fundamental religion.
“Woman in the valley” – ‘woman’ is symbolic of either the emotional nature (lower) or spirit (higher), depending on if it’s a lower or higher reference of consciousness. ‘Valley’ is a low place, indicative of the lower aspect of consciousness, as a ‘mountain’ is symbolic of the higher aspect of consciousness.
The word “Sorek” means a ‘fruitless tree’.
Once you understand the meaning of the names and places in that passage, you can immediately see that this is going to be a bad experience for Samson, the Sun Man, in this spiritual drama. Delilah is going to snuff out Samson’s light.
You’re going to see in this story is that the intuitive aspect of the higher mind, the higher realms of consciousness, Samson, can be broken if constantly exposed to the lower aspects of the emotions, Delilah.
The world Philistines means ‘strangers’. These are the rambling and uncontrollable lower thoughts that are not part of and do not come from the Higher Mind. The strange ideas, the strange thoughts, the things that are not really part of the directive principle of nature.
In other words, tempt him. The physical lower mind (stranger within you) is always in a constant struggle with your Higher Mind.
The reference to “eleven hundred pieces of silver” is confounding unless you understand the numerology and symbolism. The number “11” is the eleventh stage of evolution and is one step away from final “perfection”, which is the number “12”, or it can be the next step on the ladder to destruction. There is always a duality to the meaning, and it can be a higher or a lower reference.
Sin, (Akkadian), Sumerian Nanna, in Mesopotamian religion, the god of the moon. Sin was the father of the sun god, Shamash (Sumerian: Utu), and, in some myths, of Ishtar (Sumerian: Inanna), goddess of Venus, and with them formed an astral triad of deities. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Sin-Mesopotamian-god
Delilah really just puts it out there, right? ‘Tell me what the secret of your strength is so that I can tie you up and harm you.’ That’s how you know this is an allegory. The temptation comes into the mind, and the emotions present the way to the downfall.
7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.
8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
This is really deep psychology. Samson is playing with his lower mind but he knows that his relationship with God is still on solid ground, but he is getting addicted to this game. ‘I’m just gonna do this one more time and then I’ll quit.’ But we don’t quit, do we?
11 And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.
“Rope” is the spiritual power that pulls our divine aspect upward.In the Egyptian Book of the Dead in Chapter 99, it says the following: “Tell me my name, says the prow rope: Your name is tress of the mooring of Anubis, in the labour of the embalmers.”That word “tress” is defined as the following: “An old-fashioned word for a curl or braid, but it’s used more loosely now as a word for long hair.” The name of the rope is ‘hair’, and it is the hair of Samson that is cut that pulls him down. The rope has been cut. Do you see how these things are symbolically used to convey to you a deep psychological message?
13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.
Samson is still playing with the emotions, but we still see the reference to the number 7, so he is safe for now. This game is getting dangerous, the addiction is becoming stronger.To add additional weight to the argument for the number 7 having an association with the 7 chakras, let’s take a quick look at a passage from the Book of Revelation.
Revelation 5:1 (KJV)
5 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
That passage is all about you, not some god “out there,” sitting on a throne. You are the “book,” the “backside” is the spine, the 7 seals are the 7 chakras, and you sit on the throne when you understand that YOU are divine, YOU are godly, and not some worthless sinner in need of any kind of redemption. This is referencing Kundalini, or the raising of the energy from the base of the spine to the top, or crown of your head. Enlightenment, Quintessence, etc.
Many years ago, I remember attending a Pentecostal church once where I was asked: “Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?” Book? What book? Is there an actual book? Man, I’ve come a long way since then.
14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.
15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.
is deeply allegorical writing, and you have to make the leap of understanding this on a deeper level if you’re ever going to truly gain spiritually from it.
The number 3 tells you that something major, a transformation, is about to happen, good or bad. Remember, there is always a duality to everything, and this is no different.
These references to the number 3 all reflect a major shift of some sort. Jesus in the tomb for 3 days and resurrected, Johah in the whale for 3 days and was vomited out, the cock crowed 3 times during the passion, the sun in the sky dies for 3 days during the winter solstice and is reborn on December 25th, and on and on and on.
That shift or transformation as it pertains to Samson takes place in the next two passages.
16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;
The emotions, Delilah, are finally about to get their wish. They are about to overcome the Higher. That’s what happens when you toy around with them. The addiction is complete.
17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
Delilah finally has what she has wanted from the very beginning. All she has to do is follow through with the final act of betrayal, which she does next.
19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.
21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.
Meaning that when you suffer the fall, you are no longer enlightened, you no longer can see the things that you used to see. You‘re blind to the things of the light or Higher. The “strangers” or Philistines have blinded you.
22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven.
24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us.
25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars.
26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them.
27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.
We now see the reference above of “three thousand men.” And what have we learned about the number 3? A transformation or major event is about to take place, right?
Samson “prayed” to the Lord, meaning that he went within, meditated. We also see that he references his “two eyes.” Of course, he has two eyes. Why even mention the number? Because the number 2 is symbolic of duality; your higher and lower nature.
30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
31 Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.