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Week 12 Day 7
Week 12 Day 7
We would probably not use Samson's life as a role model for our youthyet God used Samson in a big wayThrough Samson God's people were victorious over their oppressorsTheir prayers for deliverance had once more been answered.
A theme in the book of Judges is the faithfulness of GodGod did intend to keep his promise and his covenant made with Abraham and renewed through Moses and JoshuaI will be their God and they will be my people.
God's dilemma was how to keep his people faithful they seemed to remember God only when they were in big troubleSuffering brought them back to God yet it was God's desire for his people to live in peace and blessingBut peace and blessing made the people forget GodSomething is missing in this equation.
AFFLICTED AND AFFLICTING From strength to weakness and back to strength again. Judges 16
4Samson loved a woman whose name was Delilah. 5The lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, "Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him; and everyone of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver." 6So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell where your great strength lies." 7Samson said, "If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man." 10Delilah said, "You have mocked me. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with." 15Then she said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when your heart is not with me"? 16She pestered him daily and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death. 17So he told her all his heart, and said to her, "No razor has ever come upon my head. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man." 19Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. 20And she said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" He awoke, and said, "I will go out as before, and shake myself free!" But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. 21Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison. 22However, the hair of his head began to grow again. 23Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god. 25When their hearts were merry, they said, "Call for Samson, that he may perform for us." And they stationed him between the pillars. 26Then Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, "Let me feel the pillars which support the temple, so that I can lean on them.'' 27Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there--about three thousand men and women on the roof were watching. 28Then Samson called, "O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, just this once.'' 29Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and braced himself against them. He pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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