Marvelous grace of our loving God, Grace that exceeds our sin and our shame. Yonder on Calvary’s Mount outpoured. There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled (Song book). … More
The repeated apostasy of Israel leads up to a time of oppression by the Philistines. The Philistines were probably the worst enemies that Israel had ever had. This time their oppression lasted for 40 years (v. 1). During this time we come to one of the most outstanding of the judges and his name was Samson (vv. 2-5). He was the twelveth judge and probably had more opportunity than any other man ever had, but failed. He was the last of the judges who was conquered by the Philistines. During Sampson’s time of leadership we are given the secret of his success. He was to be a Nazarite from birth and separated unto the service of God. (Numbers 6:1-21) His long hair and his diet were to be outward signs of inward dedication (v. 5).
The wife of Manoah explains to her husband how an angel had told her she was going to have a son (vv. 6-7). Samson was born; lived by the lust of the eyes, and often responded with the pride of life. Yet Samson in the final analysis, as God saw his life - was a man of faith. What a picture of grace. One moment causing godly sorrow, and the next leading to a repentant prayer of faith. At his darkest hour God brought him back to the place of blessing. God is truly the God of the second chance.
Samson is one of the most powerful pictures I’ve ever seen of the futility and loss that friendship with the world brings. Samson gradually became a friend of the world and reaped in his lifetime the complete loss of everything he had lived his entire life to get. I always like to say: If Samson made it - anyone can. He was about as low and as far and defiled as you can get and yet he made it and was one of God’s dear heroes of the faith.
As a parent I need to realize the opportunity I have of passing my values on to my children and grandchildren. They should learn important things about life, trusting God and how to live from me. What my family needs to be taught today I’ll be glad I taught them all the years of my life.
And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years. There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. And his wife was barren and had no children. And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines." Then the woman came and told her husband, "A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. I did not ask him where he was from, and he did not tell me his name, but he said to me, 'Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.'"
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Judges 10:1-9Servitude Under the Philistines and Ammonites
Judges 10:10-18The Repentance of Israel
Judges 11:1-17Jephthah’s Call to Leadership
Judges 11:18-28Jephthah’s Military Strategy
Judges 11:29-40Jephthah’s Vow to the Lord
Judges 12:1-7War with Ephraim
Judges 12:8-15Three Big Zeros
Judges 13:1-7Israel’s Final Judge
Judges 13:8-14Sampson’s Parents Make a Vow
Judges 13:15-25Sampson was Born
Judges 14:1-7Samson Falls in Love
Judges 14:8-20The Marriage of Samson
Judges 15:1-13Fastening Torches to the Foxes Tails
Judges 15:14-20Wholesale Slaughter with the Jawbone of a donkey
Judges 16:1-3Three Lovers Among Avowed Enemies
Judges 16:4-22Delilah Leads Samson to his Doom
Judges 16:23-31The Death of Samson