The magazine “Discipleship Journal” asked its readers to rank the areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them. The results came back in this order: (the top 5 were) 1. Materialism 2. Pride 3. Self-centeredness 4. Laziness 5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness and Sexual lust The … More
Samson goes to Gaza which is about 38 miles from Zorah. It is not real clear why he goes there but it would appear to have been a casual visit and his wayward, lustful nature took him into the company of a Philistine prostitute (v. 1). It is hard to understand why Samson chose his three lovers from among his most avowed enemies, the Philistines.
The reputation of Samson had extended beyond the immediate vicinity of his exploits and when the people in Gaza found out he was in their city, they were determined to arrest him (v. 2). However he surprised them by breaking out of the city in the middle of the night, taking with him the doors and door posts (v. 3). The incredible strength of Samson is evident in the fact that he carried all of this uphill to Hebron which is approximately 38 miles away.
Samson had the power to conquer others but he could not conquer his own lust. He set the Philistines’ fields on fire, but would not control the fires of his own lust. He killed the lion but would not put to death the passions of lust. He could easily break the bonds that men put on him, but the shackles of sin gradually brought his life and soul into bondage. For the most part Samson ignored his vow of devotion to God and depended more and more on his own strength rather than on his Maker. If we become successful in using our God-given gifts, we must not forget who gave us these gifts.
It is easy to find myself doing things that I know the Lord is not pleased with? If I do something that I know isn’t pleasing to the Lord once, do I find it easier to do it the next time? I don’t want to be like Samson who went from bad to worse after he refused to listen to God or his parents.
Samson went to Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute, and he went in to her. The Gazites were told, "Samson has come here." And they surrounded the place and set an ambush for him all night at the gate of the city. They kept quiet all night, saying, "Let us wait till the light of the morning; then we will kill him." But Samson lay till midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts, and pulled them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron.
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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
Judges 18:1-11The Danites Search for New Territory
Judges 18:12-31The Danites Seize Laish
Judges 19:1-10The Desertion of the Levite Concubine
Judges 19:11-21Full Hospitality for Weary Travelers
Judges 19:22-30The Results of Sexual Perversion