“Like A Moth To The Flame”

Posted: June 27, 2014 in Israel, Judges, Resurrection, Salvation

Like a moth that gets burned when it flies too close to the flame, so Samson, the strongest man, got burned by the woman he loved. He thought he could play with fire without being hurt. Although he was a judge in Israel, he was a sex addict. And to make things worse, he was enraptured by attractive women who were Israel’s enemies.
      Hot Water. “While my wife and I were shopping at a mall kiosk, a shapely young woman in a short, form-fitting dress strolled by. My eyes followed her. Without looking up from the item she was examining, my wife asked, ‘Was it worth the trouble you’re in?’” – Drew Anderson, Reader’s Digest
      Fairy Tales. They usually end up with people living happily ever after. But Samson’s life is a fairy tale in reverse. He had been set apart by God to begin to deliver the Jews from their Philistine oppressors (Judges 13:5). But instead, he lived a life pleasing himself and ended up with his eyes being gouged out and committing suicide. He took 3,000 enemies down with him. But God even used this incident to let the Philistines know that He alone was/is the true and living God.
      Marriage. His marriage to a pagan Philistine woman ended before it could be consummated. She had been threatened with death if she didn’t get the answer to Samson’s riddle. It would have caused 30 Philistine men to lose a bet. But her tears led him to reveal his secret to her. Enraged by it, he went out and killed 30 Philistines and took their garments to pay off his debt.
      Prostitute. His next step down led him to a harlot with whom he had a “one night stand.” The enemy knew about the rendezvous and planned to kill him the next day. Learning about the plot, he got up in the middle of the night, pulled up the city gates and carried them off with him.
      Infatuation. Enter Delilah. He claimed to love her but she didn’t really care for him. She was happy to use him to become a wealthy woman. While Samson’s wife had been threatened with death, the Philistine lords promised to give to Delilah great sums of money if she could discover and then tell them the secret to his strength so they could bring him down.
      Match. Like a boxing match, Samson won the first two rounds. He thought he was tough. The third round ended in a tie, but in the fourth round Samson was knocked out cold by this very attractive woman. He finally gave in to her pestering him constantly. He told her about his hair that was a symbol of God’s strength.
      Eyes. After his hair was cut off while he slept on her lap, Delilah cried out to him when the Philistines came against him. When he awoke he thought he’d do as he had done before but failed to realize that God had withdrawn from him and he no longer had the strength he once had. Then the Philistines gouged out his eyes and put him in bronze fetters, and made him a grinder in the prison.
      Wait. That’s not the end of the story. Later when the Philistines were celebrating their victory over Samson in Dagon’s temple, and his hair had grown out again, they called for Samson to mock him and his God. Not being able to see, Samson asked a lad to lead him to the two pillars that held up the temple. With one last prayer, Samson asked God to give him strength so he could take vengeance on the Philistines for blinding him. God answered his prayer. Samson pushed on the two pillars and the house came tumbling down and three thousand people died.
      Lesson. There is pleasure in sin (Hebrews 11:25). If this weren’t true, we wouldn’t be so attracted to it and sin against God. But it lasts only for a little while. Bitterness, regrets, death, and the gnashing of teeth can follow in its wake (Matthew 25:30; 41, 46; Luke 16:19-31). “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
      Questions. Would you like to have your sins forgiven and know that you will go to heaven when you die? Would you like to have a new life in Christ and not be condemned and sent to hell that was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41)? If you haven’t done so before, will you place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day? Will you stop trusting your good works to earn your way to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9)? Would you like to have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29)?
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