April 10, 2017

Today you should read: Judges 16:23-31

Over the past few days, we have read about the life of Samson. He was a judge over Israel for a total of twenty years (v.31), and, boy, were those twenty years action packed!

We have seen Samson in many different conflicts:

  • A marriage dispute that ended terribly with the burning of Samson’s wife and father-in-law
  • A bloody slaughter of 1,000 Philistine men by Samson using the jawbone of a donkey
  • A violent encounter with the Gazite men after Samson was with a prostitute
  • A naïve trust in Delilah, which leads to Samson’s capture and loss of his eyes.

Yikes.

But we also see the Spirit of the Lord rush upon Samson four different times despite his many acts of violence and arrogance.

  • Judges 13:25
  • Judges 14:6
  • Judges 14:19
  • Judges 15:14

In our story today, Samson is brought before the 3,000 Philistine elites as entertainment during a “great sacrifice to Dagon their god.” Samson calls to the Lord to restore his strength only this once, so he could “be avenged on the Philistines for [his] two eyes.” The Lord grants Samson his strength one last time, as he pushes two columns supporting the structure where all the Philistine elite stood. There were no survivors.

The life of Samson amazes me because the writer of Hebrews mentions him in the famous “Hall of Faith” (Hebrews 11). Samson’s arrogance, temper, and lust continually led him into bad situations, but the Spirit of the Lord still worked in him.

Samson being mentioned as a man of faith brings me encouragement because I think we are similar to Samson. Our sins may look different than Samson’s, but we are still sinners. His story is another biblical example of God using sinners to accomplish His purposes for His glory. How much greater, then, would it be for God to use us while we “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which [we] have been called” (Eph. 4:1, ESV)!

How has God used you for His glory in the past despite your sin?

What is one area of your life in which you need to repent to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called?”

By: Lucas Taylor — Worship Ministry Intern

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “April 10, 2017”

  1. Well done Lucas!

    The story of Samson, for me, brings up the terrible and penetrating question, “what if they greatest thing you can do for the kingdom of God is die?” Samson wasn’t really a martyr; certainly not as we think of Christian martyrs over the last 2,000+ years. No, Samson is planted firmly in a long line of declining judges. His moral failures led him to the point, when his greatest service to the Lord was collapsing a building on himself. How tragic!

    At this point I feel like the author of Judges is saying, “that was bad, but wait, there’s more!”

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