Philosophy view of hair:
A hair is a thin, flexible shaft of cornified cells that develops from a cylindrical invagination of epidermis, hair follicle. Each consists of a free portion or shaft and a root embedded within follicle. Shaft consists of 3 layers of cells: the cuticle or outermost layer; the cortex, forming the main horny portion of the hair; and the medulla, the central axis.
Biblical view of hair:
For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
1st Corinthians 11:6 KJV
Judge in yourselves is it comely that a woman prays unto God uncovered.
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man has long hair, it is a shame unto him?
But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
But if any man seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
1ST Corinthians 11:13-16 KJV
Christianity demands a distinctive lifestyle, yet it is hard for some of us to be different. We want to be accepted, included, and the most popular one in the groups, yet God ask of us to be set apart through our words and deeds from unbelievers. Samson found this difficult, he wanted to enjoy the pleasures other men enjoyed, even if that meant disobeying God and not living up to the vow.
Samson was set apart as a Nazirite by God, he was chosen by God, for a special purpose which was leading his people. He decided that Samson was to be set apart by a vow and the stipulations were, he was not allowed to cut his hair, drink alcohol or be defiled through contact with any dead flesh. Samson’s hair would be the visible symbol of the commitment which God made to him. The hair would represent God’s calling on Samson.
I want to think that when Samson met Delilah he had the best intention toward her he was also in love with her. Delilah however had a different agenda, she did not share the same sentiments as he did. She was caught in a predicament which would end up being Samson’s downfall and would eventually lead to his demise. She consistently pressured him to tell her his secret of where his strength lies (which was what his hair represented), because the Philistines her people wanted Samson dead and she seem to be the only means by which they could get to him, so the promise of riches plus loyalty to her people over Samson caused her to betray him. He finally gave in to Delilah’s persistence and told her, therefore compromising his calling by going outside of God’s will when he decided to be with Delilah and succumbing to Delilahs deceit and ended up being captured and tortured making his reign short lived.
That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, there hath not come a razor upon my 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. Judges 16:17 KJV
The bible clearly states that we should love one another, but some of us as believers are like Delilah, we pretend even when we know we do not genuinely love or have good intentions, so we deceive each other and sometime end up betraying one another.
Samson gave it all away because of disobedience and a love he thought was true. That can happen today when we do not come to terms with our singleness and allow the Lord to satisfy our needs and help in finding genuine love. Sometimes we end up compromising our faith by allowing the devil the opportunity to gain a foothold in our lives which for the most part will negatively influence our decisions.
God calls all Christians, both men and women to separate from sin and to have the 3Ds, we are to be:
What is more, God never calls us without giving us the power to do what it is he is asking of us. “God who calls you is faithful, he will do this”
No other relationship should cause us to lose our Christian distinctiveness. God is enough and being separate is far better than being married to one who might as you could say can “cut our hair”.
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 1st Thessalonians 5:24 KJV
MAY THE LORD BLESS YOUR SOUL AS YOU READ