“Samson’s Escapades”

Posted: June 12, 2014 in Christian Life, Decision Making, Judges, Marriage, Salvation

Those who engage in reckless adventures or pranks and who break loose from the restraints of life that come from God and/or man are headed for a wall of resistance and disaster. It’s just a matter of time until such a person falls into or off the wall and gets broken into pieces. Putting such pieces back together is a most difficult task for physicians and Pastors. Physical and emotional scars that last for the rest of one’s life are often the result of such reckless behavior and “one night stands.” Sin (lawlessness) has consequences in this life and the life to come (Romans 6:23; 8:6; 1 John 5:16; Revelation 21:8).
      Emotions. Samson (the strongest man) was a hothead and was governed by his emotions. He was selected by God to begin to deliver the Jews from the oppressive Philistines who lived in the land that God had promised to the Israelites (Genesis 15:18-21). But he disregarded the restraints that God had placed on him as a Nazirite. They included his staying away from wine, unclean things, and dead bodies. He was not to have his hair cut. This was to be an indicator of his devotion and dependence on God for this strength (Judges 13:3-7; Numbers 6).
      Sensuous. One day his wandering eye caught sight of a beautiful Philistine woman. He demanded his parents to get her for him as his wife (Judges 14:2). God had made it very clean that the Jews were not to marry such people, especially those who were their enemies (Deuteronomy 7:3, 4). God has some regulations for Christians too (2 Corinthians 6:14). But that didn’t matter to Samson. He wanted what he wanted, not what his parents or what God wanted for him.  Does this attitude describe you too?
      Marriage. The second most important decision in life involves the person we select to be our spouse for life. Our most important decision involves our choice to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior or not (John 1:12; 3:16-18). Our eternal destiny in heaven or hell will be determined by this decision that must be made before we die (Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:27).
      Vengeance. Because of Samson’s immature antics and slaughter of 30 Philistines to pay a gambling debt, and his return to his parent’s home, Samson’s wife was given to another man (Judges 14:20). This infuriated him. He was bent on revenge. But instead of taking out his frustrations on his father-in-law and his wife who had betrayed him, he took it out on other Philistines. He caught 300 foxes (jackals) and tied their tails together and put a torch between each pair and let them loose in the harvest fields, vineyards, and olive groves (Judges 15:4, 5).  This ruined their economy.
      Tit For Tat. When the Philistines learned who had done this dastardly deed and why he did it, they went to Samson’s father-in-law and his wife and burned them to death (Judges 15:6). This, in turn, led to Samson’s great slaughter of more Philistines. As the conflict grew, more Philistines came against the Jews dwelling in Judah.  They demanded that they turn Samson over to them so they could take vengeance on him.  But rather than taking sides with Samson, the Jews bound him and delivered him over to the Philistines. But to their surprise, when they came to take him, the Holy Spirit came on Samson and he broke the ropes that bound him and slaughtered a thousand more Philistines with a jawbone of a donkey.
      Credit. Rather than thanking God for the victory he’d won, Samson wrote a poem in which he gave credit to himself. But when his thirst for water became very evident and he thought he’d die, Samson prayed for the first time in his life and recognized his need of God’s help. God graciously provided for him the water he needed (Judges 15:18, 19). When was the last time you thanked God for your food and the water you drink? Are you a grateful or ungrateful person (1 Corinthians 10:10)? Do you recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17)? What do you have that you didn’t receive (1 Corinthians 4:7)?
      Rabies. Maybe you heard about the fellow who was told by his physician, “Yes indeed, you do have rabies.” Upon hearing this, the patient immediately pulled out a pad and pencil and began to write. Thinking the man was making out his will, the doctor said, “Listen, this doesn’t mean you’re going to die. There is a cure for rabies.” “Oh, I know that,” the man said. “I’m just makin’ a list of all the people I’m gonna bite.” Many folks live by the rule, “don’t get mad, get even.” God tells us, “Vengeance is mine saith the Lord, I will repay.” (Source Unknown).
      Abraham Lincoln. When he was an attorney, Abraham Lincoln was once approached by a man who passionately insisted on bringing a suit for $2.50 against an impoverished debtor. Lincoln tried to discourage him, but the man was bent on revenge. When he saw that the man would not be put off, Lincoln agreed to take the case and asked for a legal fee of $10, which the plaintiff paid. Lincoln then gave half the money to the defendant, who willingly confessed to the debt and paid the $2.50! But even more amazing than Lincoln’s settlement was the fact that the irate plaintiff was satisfied with it. – Source unknown
      Forgiveness. When the Christian honestly thinks about the enormous debt that God forgave him/her, it seems only logical for us to forgive others who hurt us when they ask for our forgiveness. Even if they don’t ask for it, we shouldn’t become bitter and allow such an attitude to govern our lives. When the Christian is tempted to have an unforgiving spirit, he needs to put on the helmet of salvation and think about the forgiveness he has because Christ died for his sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Ephesians 1:7; 4:32; 6:17; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).
      Pursue Peace. “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this become defiled…” (Hebrews 12:14, 15).
      Time Bomb? Are you, or is someone you know, about to explode? Do you have unresolved conflicts with others? Do you want answers from God’s Word? Believe it or not, God has given us everything we need for life and godliness within the pages of the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:3). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Once saved, do you know which set of rules you need to follow in order to please God (2 Corinthians 5:9)? While all the Bible is to be believed, not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). Ask about our FREE “Dispensational Chart.

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