Week 12  Day 7

We would probably not use Samson's life
        as a role model for our youth
yet God used Samson in a big way

Through Samson
        God's people were victorious
        over their oppressors
Their prayers for deliverance
        had once more been answered.

A theme in the book of Judges
        is the faithfulness of God
God did intend to keep
        his promise and his covenant
        made with Abraham
        and renewed through Moses and Joshua
I 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 trouble

Suffering brought them back to God
        yet it was God's desire for his people
        to live in peace and blessing

But peace and blessing made the people forget God
Something 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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