Tag: Judges 13-16

Sampson–lost connections!

Scripture reading for March 13th: Judges 13-16

The story of Samson revealed a mix of the supernatural power, the anointing of God and his carnal nature.  Samson was born by supernatural intervention to a couple who was childless.  His parents carefully listened to the instructions of an angel and raised this boy as a Nazarite, one set apart to God.  (Numbers 6:1-21) God’s Spirit began to stir Samson early in his life.  God was going to use him to deliver the Israelites from 40 years of bondage to the Philistines.  (Judges 13:1)

As Samson grew, he was attracted to a Philistine woman in the town of Timnah.  The Bible states that this was from the Lord, although his parents did not understand and sought to direct him to get a bride from his own people. (Judges 14:3-4)  God specifically warned His people not to intermarry with those outside the faith. (2nd Corinthians 6:14) In this instance, God used Samson’s carnal tendencies to accomplish His purposes in attacking the enemies of His people.

Samson’s marriage to this woman never happened.  She was given to one of his friends in the bridal company!  This filled Samson with the desire for revenge and he lost his connection with God.  Samson impulsively ate honey out of a lion’s carcass, a violation of the Nazerite vow.  He was attracted to prostitutes and carnal women.  How often men of God are distracted by their flesh!

Samson ended up in captivity with both of his eyes gouged out.  He was mocked in the presence of Philistine officials.  For the first time Samson asked God to help.  (Judges 16:28)  God answered and he was again given supernatural strength.  God used him to destroy more of the Philistines in his death than in his life!

God can use us in spite of our sinfulness and carnal nature.  But we can be deceived by it!   We must guard against the carnal nature because it has the potential to blind us and take us to our death!  How much better to walk in the Spirit and humbly follow Jesus each day!

Samson’s only recorded prayer: “O Sovereign Lord, remember me.  O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” (Judges 16:28)

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Sampson’s carnal nature!

Scripture reading for March 13th: Judges 13-16

The story of Samson shows how the supernatural power and anointing of God can be lost through giving in to the carnal nature.  Samson was born by supernatural intervention to a couple who was childless.  His parents carefully listened to the instructions of an angel and raised this boy as a Nazarite, one set apart by God.  (Numbers 6:1-21)  God revealed His plan to use him to deliver the Israelites after 40 years of bondage to the Philistines. (Judges 13:1)

As Samson grew, he was attracted to a Philistine woman in the town of Timnah.  He asked his parents to get her for him.  The Bible states that this was from the Lord, although his parents did not understand and sought to direct him to get a bride from his own people. (Judges 14:3-4)   This is difficult to understand.  God specifically warns us not to intermarry with those outside the faith. (2nd Corinthians 6:14) In this instance, God used Samson’s carnal tendencies to accomplish His purposes, but it is not meant to be a pattern at all!

Samson’s marriage to this woman never came about because she was given to one of his friends!  This filled Samson with the desire for revenge.    He was attracted to prostitutes and carnal women.  These proved to be his downfall!  How often men of God are distracted by their flesh!  How the mighty have fallen!

At the end of his life, Samson was in captivity, both of his eyes gouged out.  There, he was mocked at a gathering of Philistine officials.  The first recorded prayer where Samson asks for God’s help is recorded here.  (Judges 16:28)  God faithfully answers the cry of this man and he was once again given supernatural strength.  God used him to destroy more of the Philistines in his death than in his life!

God can use us in spite of our sinfulness and carnal nature but there are consequences.  What we sow we will reap.  (Galatians 6:7)  We must guard against the carnal nature.  It has the potential to blind us and take us to our death. May God bless you to humbly follow Him today today!

Samson’s only recorded prayer: “O Sovereign Lord, remember me.  O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” (Judges 16:28)

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Sampson:Carnal Deliverer

Scripture reading for March 13th: Judges 13-16

Sampson is an interesting figure in the history of God’s people.  He was born with such potential to be great!  An angel visited a sterile and childless elderly married woman and told her she would conceive a son.  He was to be raised a Nazarite from the womb because he would begin to deliver Israel from the Philistines. (Judges 13:2-5)  Manoah, the husband, prayed for this angel to return and his prayers were answered.  They were given further instructions as to how to raise this son and named him Sampson.

This son was born and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir Sampson at an early age.  He was, however, attracted to Philistine women and asked for one for his wife.  This was against the desires of the godly parents who knew God’s word.  God, however, used this to further His purposes.  (Judges 14:1-4)  Sampson had a temper as well, and this came out during a family gathering with his new wife’s family.  They coerced his wife to get an answer to Sampson’s riddle.  When she gave them the answer, in anger he killed thirty men and took their clothes to pay his vow! (Judges 14:19-20)  Leaving his wife, he returned to his parents’ house.

Later Sampson went back to get his wife, and found that they had given her to his best man at the wedding.  This infuriated him and he took 300 foxes, tied their tails together, tied torches to their tails and let them loose in the grain fields.  This caused more anger to flare and Sampson took revenge again with a jawbone of a donkey, killing more than a thousand Philistines. (Judges 15:15)

It seems that Sampson’s life was filled with anger, revenge, and lust for foreign women.  Sampson was anointed by God with great strength, but his lack of self-control caused him to become ineffective.  He went to Gaza to see a prostitute and they nearly caught him.  (Judges 16:1-3)  He fell in love with another Philistine woman named Delilah.  Delilah ended up betraying Sampson for money.  Sampson was taken captive and his eyes gouged out.  (Judges 16:20-21)  Sampson’s final act was one of faith, when he prayed for strength to get revenge.  God answered his prayer!

We must be careful with our lives.  Carnal Christians can be taken captive by the enemy too.  Check out your life and heart today!

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Lost Potential–Samson

Scripture reading for March 13: Judges 13-16

The story of Samson is a mix of the supernatural power and anointing of God and the lowest of our carnal nature.  Samson was born by supernatural intervention to a couple who was childless.  His parents carefully listened to the instructions of an angel and raised this boy as a Nazarite, one set apart by God.  (Numbers 6:1-21) God’s Spirit began to stir Samson early in his life.  God was going to use him to deliver the Israelites from 40 years of bondage to the Philistines.  This bondage was a result of idolatry and evil in God’s sight. (Judges 13:1)

As Samson grew, he was attracted to a Philistine woman in the town of Timnah.  He asked his parents to get her for him.  The Bible states that this was from the Lord, although his parents did not understand and sought to direct him to get a bride from his own people. (Judges 14:3-4)   This is difficult to understand.  God specifically warns us not to intermarry with those outside the faith. (2nd Corinthians 6:14) In this instance, God used Samson’s carnal tendencies to accomplish His purposes in attacking the enemies of his people.  It is not meant to be a pattern at all!

Samson’s marriage to this woman never happened.  She was given to one of his friends in the bridal company!  This seemed to fill Samson with the desire for revenge.  His anger and impulsiveness moved him to get even.  God used this too, but how much better to follow the Lord by prayer and listening to His instructions!  Samson impulsively ate honey out of a lion’s carcass, a violation of the Nazerite vow.  He was attracted to prostitutes and carnal women.  These proved to be his downfall!  How often men of God are distracted by their flesh!  How the mighty have fallen!

At the end of his life, Samson was in captivity, both of his eyes gouged out.  There, he was mocked at a gathering of Philistine officials.  The first recorded prayer where Samson asks for God’s help is recorded here.  (Judges 16:28)  God faithfully answers the cry of this man who could have been such a mighty force to deliver.  He was once again given supernatural strength and God used him to destroy more of the Philistines in his death than in his life!

What can we learn today?  God chooses to use us in spite of our sinfulness and carnal nature but there are consequences.  What we sow we will reap.  God is never mocked! (Galatians 6:7)  We, however, can be deceived!   We must guard against the carnal nature.  It has the potential to blind us and take us to our death!  How much better to walk in the Spirit and humbly follow Jesus each day!  God bless you in doing that today!

Samson’s only recorded prayer: “O Sovereign Lord, remember me.  O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” (Judges 16:28)

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