Honey in the Carcase
And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. ~Judges 14:8
The harvesting of honey has always been interesting to me. I am amazed at how meticulous and careful beekeepers are in dealing with the beehive and the bees when it is time to extract the honey. I have no reason to question honey I purchase at a store because of the generally accepted and safe process of getting honey to the consumer. However, if you offered me honey from the carcass of a dead animal, I would have serious reservations about eating it. In Judges 14, we have the account of Samson taking honey out of the carcass of a lion and eating it. Let us see lessons from the carcass of a lion.
We see Samson’s demonstration.
“A young lion roared against him.” “And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.” A young, hungry, and aggressive lion roared against Samson. Samson was enabled by the Holy Spirit to take on the lion and break it. The Bible said that he rent him as he would rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand. Samson was privileged that God’s power gave him such extraordinary ability. We must never forget that God’s power is a gift and privilege that He bestows on us for His glory. Extraordinary victories are only possible because we have an extraordinary God.
We see Samson’s decisions.
“Then went Samson down… to Timnath…. And he went down…. He returned… and he turned aside.” In spite of the victory over the young lion, Samson did not take into account that God gave him the victory. Samson went down to Timnath. He was on a decline spiritually. He made a series of decisions that were not God’s will for his life. Whenever we do things our way and not God’s way, we are going in a downward direction. Samson went down once, then twice, and then turned aside.