SAMSON was born to Manoah and to his wife, who was barren and childless for a long time (Judges.13:2). Even before his birth, the angel of the Lord appeared to his mother and told her that "the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines." (Judg.13:3-5).
As Samson grew up, he insisted to marry a Philistine woman from Timnah.(Judg.14:1,2) His parents tried to discourage him from marrying a Philistine woman and suggested him to look for an Israelite woman.He didn't listen to their advice.(Judg.14:3) This woman extracted the meaning of his riddle for his enemies and cheated him.(Judg.14:17).Afterwards, that woman was given in marriage to another person.(Judg.14:20)
Later Samson, saw a prostitute, went and spend the night with her.(Judg.16:1)
Sometime later, he fell in love with another Philistine woman by name Delilah.(Judg.16:4)She too was not loyal to him and was interested in making money. Each Philistine ruler offered her 1100 shekels of sliver to lure Samson and find out the the secret of his great power.(Judg.16:5) She succeeded in getting the secret of his great strength from Samson.He was caught by the Philistines, gouged out his eyes, taken as a prisoner, binded with bronze shekels...(Judg.16:21).
Samson was a person who was blessed with the Spirit of the Lord. (Judg.13:25: 14:6,19; 15:14) and because of that he had great physical strength. He was able to tore a lion apart with his bare hands. (Judg.14:6) With the jawbone of a donkey, he killed 1000 men. (Judg.15:15) In the end of his life, he was taken to the temple of Dagon as a blind prisoner to entertain others. The temple was crowded with all the rulers of the Philistines and about 3000 people on the roof of the temple to watch Samson perform. He pushed apart both the central pillars of the temple and the whole temple came down killing all the thousands of people inside. (Judg.16:27) He was ruler of Israel for 20 years. (Judg.16:31)
Though Samson had all the above calling, anointing or strength, he was very weak morally. Women were a weakness for Samson and he was not careful in that area. That brought all the problems or destruction in his life. For some others, weakness could be greed for money, name, fame, luxuries of this world, film, entertainments / social media....
Is there some weakness in our life which is yielding us to temptations?
What are the areas which are taking us away from God?
Are we willing to listen to God's people and to God's word to lead a Godly life?
Samson: A mixture of opposites.
Story of Samson for me was always a story of betrayal and violence.
Why did God portray such negativity in Samson's life?
As I read through the chapters this morning,was looking into the details of his life which starts with so much of positivity.
⭐Samson was an anointed child of God Judges13:5
⭐Samson was born to deliver Israel out of the hands of Philistines Judges 13:5
⭐when the child grew the Lord blessed him Judges 13:24
⭐The Spirit of the Lord moved upon him Judges 13:25
⭐Samson was an anointed man of God ,anointed with strength from above.So when he came across a lion,the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him and he could tear the lion apart like a young goat. Judges 14:6
How did he do it?
⭐The Spirit of the Lord fell mightily upon him and gave him the unimaginable strength.
⭐In case of Daniel ,a man of prayer when he was thrown into the lion's den,the Lord shut the lions mouth? and it could not do anything.
Who is this lion?
Our adversary, the devil from 1 Peter 5:8
Where it is mentioned our adversary,the devil, walks like a roaring lion. waiting to devour.Unless we are filled with the spirit of God like Samson and gain strength from above we cannot face the devil and shut his mouth.
⭐Betrayal: Samson got carried away by Delilah and revealed his secret,he betrayed God and was in turn betrayed by Delilah and fell into the hands of the enemies.
When Judas betrayed Jesus he could not face the world he ended up his life out of guilt and shame.
Betrayal against God and family can only bring guilt and shame and we fall into the hands of the devil.Consequences of this sin cannot be met with.
⭐Violence: I was wondering why so much of violence is attached to this anointed Man of God. When the Philistines took off his eyes and bound him with bronze fetters.Samson prayed like a small child.
Judges 16:28 "O,Lord God,remember me I pray!strengthen me,I pray, just this once,O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!"
When anyone goes against God's anointed people,his chosen ones or touch anything anointed by God,He will not be spared. He is a God of Vengeance (Jeremiah 46:10, Deutornomy 32:35) a God of Consuming Fire (Deut4:24, 9:3, Heb 12:29)who cannot stand anything wrong,who cares for them and protects them from all enemies.The journey of Israelites to the promised land was a long trudged journey where God protected them every time from their enemies by winning every battle.
Be sober be vigilant;because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion,seeking whom he may devour.
Resist him,steadfast in the faith,knowing that the same sufferrings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world 1 Peter 5:8,9
Let us be anointed with the Spirit of God like Samson to fight against our adversary,the Devil.
Simple thoughts for
"And Samson called unto the Lord, and said O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes"
We all know the story of Samon. So no need to reiterate. Here we see final scene of his life drama.
⚡ The strength which he had lost by sin, he recovers by prayer. The house was pulled down not by the natural strength of Samson, but by the almighty power of God. In his case it was right he should avenge the cause of God and Israel.
He sought not his own death but Israel's deliverance and the destruction of the enemies. Thus Samson died in bonds, and among the Philistines, as an awful rebuke for his sins, but he died repentant.
⚡ Have you ever thought why Samson was included in Hebrews: 11, the faith chapter. It seems like the life of Samson is just an episode of disobedience, stubbornness, and immorality. However if we look deeper into the word of God, we will see that the author of Hebrews counted Samson as a hero of faith. Though his life was a series of breaking God's commandments, we will soon see that God still works in his life
⚡ As readers of this book, we have some lessons from it:
We are called to live a holy life. As Christians we have a higher calling than the pursuit of happiness, it is the pursuit of holiness.
God can use our bad situations to fulfill His purpose. God's purpose for our lives is greater than our greatest mistakes.
You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequence of your choice. Every action you will make will either bring you farther or closer to God.
Choose a mate within your faith. Choosing a mate is so life changing that it should not be based on your will, but God's will. The Bible says," Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?" (2 Cointhians: 6: 14, 15)
Use our strength for God's work. It is our Christian duty to use our strength for the glory of God.
Dr. Thomas David.
Don't love the World
Judges 16: 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.
The child of God should not love the world neither the things that are in the world.
For all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1Jn2:15,16)
Correlate the above verse with the key verse.
God blessed Samson with heavenly blessings. But Samson did not take heed to it. He loved the world instead of loving God.
1. Lust of the eyes:
Firstly the philistines plucked his eyes.
Our enemy the satan will firstly distract us from our heavenly vision. He will make us spiritual blind.
If we have lust of the eyes we will lose our heavenly vision.
2. Lust of the flesh:
Secondly they bound him with fetters. That means he became helpless.
Our enemy the satan will make us weak in our spiritual life. If we have the lust of the flesh gradually we will lose our hunger and thirst for godly matters and will spiritually become weak.
3. Pride of life:
Thirdly they made him to grind in the prison.
The great mighty Samson is now humiliated to grind as a slave.
If we do not come out from the pride of life and humble ourselves, God will leave us into the hands of our enemy the devil to humiliate us.
Samson had the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and pride of life.
Even though he was the strongest man on the earth, he couldn't preserve it
All those who have received the Holy Spirit amongst us are even much more stronger than him in the Spirit. But we have to preserve it.
If you are with an opinion that filling in the Spirit and speaking in tongues will take you to heaven, you are mistaken. We have to separate ourselves from the world with the help of the Holy Spirit. Samson's life is a warning to us.
Judges 17 starts out in the middle of a domestic incident
A man named Micah from Ephraim had taken 1,100 pieces of silver from his mother. When his mother noticed that the money was missing, she uttered a curse. The son returned the money to his mother, confessing his sin.
THIS WAS NOT TRUE REPENTANCE. He was just avoiding the curse. We often repent in the same way Micah did, because we are afraid of getting caught or cursed.
Also he hired the Levite in order to secure a blessing from God.
Micah had idols, ephods, Levites, all sorts of things so that the LORD would prosper him.
He thought that blessing came from having the right religious activities.
We do the same thing, except not with real idols or Levites.
We think that,
………………. because we were baptized,
……………….because we get involved with the church,
………………..because we go to church activities,
…….. we are guaranteed a blessing.
Or we may think that we have worship, Bible study, prayer, singing, attending classes, Or…….. we are doing our devotions everyday, so “we are all set.” Yes… These things are necessarily not be bad but they are easily turned into activities that we think force the LORD to bless us.
Religious life is also not a self-selected option — it is a call.
Do we have an “empty” religious life?
Let Christ have first place in all the choices of our life.
Don’t let our circumstances get us down.