The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of Attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important: than facts, than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do, than appearances, tha … More
Timnath was located about 4 miles south-west of Zorah which was only about an hour’s walk. It was here that Samson met the first of his lovers and he didn’t seem to be concerned that she was a Philistine (v. 1). He knew the laws of separation God had given to the people, but he chose to ignore them (Ex. 34:16, and Gen. 24:1-4).
Samson’s lack of concern on such an important religious issue was matched by his lack of submission to his parents (vv. 2-3). When his father reminded him of God’s law he defied him and said “Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well!” It did not bother Samson that his desires displeased his parents and that this alliance would bring grief to them. What the father said was highly regarded and this was especially true when it came to the choice of a wife. Samson disregarded all of their advice because of his overwhelming desire for this Philistine woman.
The Philistines were in control of Israel at this time, and what Samson’s parents did not know was that the LORD wanted to stir up trouble for them and that’s why he made Samson desire this woman (v. 4). Along the way a fierce young lion suddenly roared and attacked Samson. But the LORD’s Spirit took control of Samson, and with his bare hands he tore the lion apart (vv. 5-6). When they got to Timnath, Samson talked to the woman, and he was sure that she was the one for him (v. 7).
How would I rate myself on a scale of 1-10 (10 being excellent) in following the advice of my parents?
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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
Judges 17:1-6Micah Makes a Pagan Shrine
Judges 17:7-13Guided by convenience rather than conviction