The Samson Series ConclusionJune 21, 2020
Judges 16:4 (NLT); Some time later Samson fell in love with a woman named who lived in the valley of .
1. Samson was in the wrong , looking for the wrong of woman, for the time.
Judges 16:5,6 (NLT); The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “Samson to tell you what makes him so strong and how he can be overpowered and tied up securely. Then each of us will give you pieces of silver.”
So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me what makes you so strong and what it would take to tie you up securely.”
Definition of the word Entice; attract or tempt by offering or (Source – Oxford Online Dictionary)
Delilah didn’t love Samson, she loved times Delilah enticed Samson to reveal the ,” of his strength.
Judges 16:15-21 (NLT); Then Delilah pouted, “How can you tell me, ‘I love you,’ when you don’t share your with me? You’ve made fun of me three times now, and you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong!”
She tormented him with her nagging day after day until he was sick to death of it. Finally, Samson shared his with her. “My hair has never been cut,” he confessed, “for I was dedicated to God as a Nazarite from birth. If my were shaved, my strength would me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.”
Delilah realized he had finally told her the truth, so she sent for the Philistine rulers. “Come back one more time,” she said, “for he has finally told me his secret.” So the Philistine rulers returned with the in their hands.
Delilah Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way she began to bring him , and his strength him.
Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as and shake myself free.” But he realize the Lord had him.
So, the Philistines captured him and out his eyes. They took him to Gaza, where he was with bronze chains and to grain in the prison.
The tragic high cost of Samson’s low living; played for a fool by Delilah, , bound and treated like an , being forced to grind grain the pagan Philistines.
This was what was left of the Judge of Israel, who was born and told he would to free the people of Israel from their Philistine oppression.
Why did he do what he did? Why? He pleasure over and divine He took both his n as the Judge of Israel, as well as the and of God as something he could by his choice and for his ; neither of which were or true.
Judges 16:22 (NLT); But before long, his hair began to back.
BUT it t the hair! The hair was the symbol. The of our God was and is today; where the comes from in every way!
Judges 16:23-26 (NLT); The Philistine rulers held a great festival, offering sacrifices and praising their god, Dagon. They said, “Our god has given us victory over our enemy Samson!”
When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, “Our god has delivered our enemy to us! The one who killed so many of us is now in our “
Half drunk by now, the people demanded, “Bring out Samson so he can us!” So, he was brought from the prison to amuse them, and they had him stand between the supporting the roof.
Samson said to the young servant who was leading him by the hand, “Place my hands against the that hold up the temple. I want to rest against them.”
Now the temple was completely filled with people. All the Philistine rulers were there, and there were about men and women on the roof who were watching as Samson them.
; Samson the Judge of Israel, now Samson the , the circus , to the Philistines.
BUT! Samson called on God in humility. Judges 16:28 (NLT);
Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, me . O God, strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.”
Wait, that just sounds like Samson wants vengeance! Not in my opinion; the show the difference.
Judges 16:29,30 (NLT); Then Samson put his hands on the two center that held up the temple. Pushing against them with both hands, he prayed, “Let me with the Philistines.” And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people. So, he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.
Compare the beginning of the chapter with then end of the chapter.
In the first 3 verses, Samson willfully commits and acts in . In the final 2 verses he God to use him and also to let him amongst the Philistines not escape.
Hebrews 11:32 (NLT); How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.
There is a very cost to living Jesus the cost for you to be from the penalty of that low living and set by His and !
Okay Pastor, what in the world does this have to do with Father’s Day?
Dad’s your children need you. That means you and I need God. You may have paid a very high price for your low living God can forgive you and He can make you into the Father you were to be.