The story of Samson and his Heifer is quite comedic at times, but reads like a Soap Opera at others. Then, as today, some people just couldn't keep their mouth shut. There is no new thing under the sun. Though they didn't have water coolers at work in Samson's day, word sure got around town quick. This much is evident from the fact tthat all the neighbors knew "who's donkey was parked next door," when Samson spent the night with a "friend." Though that scene is not my point, you can read about it in Judges chapter sixteen. The weird thing is that Samson didn't seem to have enough work to keep him busy, and seemed to get into a lot of trouble with his jawbone.
Just one chapter before that we find Samson's wife filing for divorce and remarrying, without telling him about it first. Of course, Samson didn't take the news well, despite the fact that the Spirit was on him frequently. Most of us are human, after all, and have our own faults to worry about. He tied some foxes' tails together and set them on fire to run into the fields of his Philistine in-laws. This would be like burning your neighbor's cornfield.
Then, after they murdered his ex-wife and father-in-law for starting the whole mess, Samson slaughtered a pack of these guys. Revenge never seems to satisfy, and the Philistine army went looking for Samson, who had been hiding out.
Judges 15:14-16 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted
against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords
that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands
loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put
forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson
said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw
of an ass have I slain a thousand men.
Samson definitely had a quick wit, (remember the "ploughing with my heifer" expression he used when his friends used his wife to get the riddle answer?) even if he let his emotions make his decisions. And, when he wasn't killing people he seemed to have a soft heart. But, Samson didn't have a monoply on hurting people. I've seen many churches brought down with the "jawbone of one ass." Let some donkey get bored and find some extra time on hand. Before you know it, that jawbone starts knocking until you can hear the teeth rattling. But, speaking of jawbones, let me close mine.