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  Sampson, God’ s judge -OBSERVATION- Concordance Index to Notes (study notes) Jgs. 13:5 Jgs. 13:2 13:7 13:5 13:8   13:7 13:24-25 13:8 14:1-3 13:24-25 14:5-6 14:1-3 14:7 14:4 14:8-9 14:5-6 14:10-14 14:7 14:15-18 14:8-9 14:19 14:10-14 14:20 14:15-18 15:1-3 14:19 15:4-5 14:20 15:6 15:1-3 15:7-8 15:4-5 15:10-13 15:6 15:14-16 15:7-8 15:18-19 15:10-13 15:20 15:14-16 16:1-3 15:18-19 16:4 15:20 16:5 16:1-3 16:6-9 16:4 16:10-12 16:5 16:13-14 16:6-9 16:15-20 16:10-12 16:21 16:13-14 16:22 16:15-20 16:23-30 16:21 16:31 16:22 Heb. 11:32 16:23-30 16:31 Num. 6:2-21 Heb. 11:32 Jgs. 13:2 Father is Manoah, of the tribe of Danites who lives in Zorah. His wife was barren. Jgs. 13:5 The child (Sampson) shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines. Jgs. 13:7 The child (Sampson) shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death. Jgs. 13:8 Manoah, Sampson’s father prayed to the LORD to teach hi m what to do with this child (Sampson) that will be born to him. Jgs. 13:24-25 Sampson is born, grows and the LORD blesses him and the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan between Zorah and Eshtoal. Jgs. 14:1 Sampson went to Timnah and saw a Philistine woman and demands that his parents “get her for his wife” against their appeal that she is not one of the LORDS’ people.    Sampson says, “get her for me, for she is right in my eyes.”  Jgs. 14:4 Sampson’s desire was “from the LORD” to seek an opportunity against the Philistines. Jgs. 14:5-6 Sampson on his way to Timnah tears a lion to pieces with his hands as “the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him.” He did not tell his parents what he had done.  Jgs. 14:7 Sampson talks with the woman and she is “right in Sampson’s eyes.”  Jgs. 14:8-9 Sampson breaks his Nazarite covenant for the second time in scripture by taking honey from the carcass of the lion with his hand and eating it. Again it says that he did not tell his parents. Jgs. 14:10-14 Sampson prepares his wedding feast and challenges the 30 men with a riddle for 30 linen garments and 30 changes of cloths. In 3 days they could not solve the riddle. Jgs. 14:15-18 The 30 men threaten to burn Sampson’s wife and her father’s house if they can not correctly answer Sampson’s riddle. So she pressures Sampson into telling her the answer and he loses the challenge having to pay 30 linen garments and 30 changes of clothing. Jgs. 14:19 “The Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him.” And Sampson killed 30 men at Ashkelon and gave their garments to the 30 men at his wedding feast. In hot anger Sampson left his wedding feast and went back to his father’s house.  Jgs. 14:20 Sampson’s wife is given to his best man. Jgs. 15:1-3 Sampson goes to visit his wife to find that she has been given to his companion. Sampson justifies his anger and blames the Philistines even though by his own will he challenged the men with a riddle and by his own will he left his wed ding in “hot anger”  Jgs. 15:4-5 Sampson caught 300 foxes and tied them tail to tail with a torch in between so that they would burn down the crops of the Philistines. Jgs. 15:6 The Philistines in retaliation burned Sampson’s wife and her father. Ir onic because this is what they tried to avoid in the first place. Jgs. 15:7-8 Sampson, in revenge, goes and slaughters the Philistines then hides in the rock of Etam. Jgs. 15:10-13 The Philistines go looking for Sampson and 3000 men from Judah bind Sampson and hand him over to the Philistines so that they may do to him what he had done to them. Jgs. 15:14-16 The Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power and with a donkey’s jaw bone Sampson killed 1000 Philistines. Jgs. 15:18-19 Sampson called upon the Lord. He gave honor to God for his victory over the Philistines and then complained about his thirst. So God split open the hollow place at Lehi and water came up from it and revived Sampson. Jgs. 15:20 Sampson judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years. Jgs. 16:1-3 Sampson went to Gaza, and there saw a prostitute. The Gazites set an ambush at the gate but Sampson took hold of the doors of the gate and pulled them up and carried them on his shoulder 40 miles to Hebron. This is his second Philistine woman who he has gotten entangled with. She was a secular prostitute not used in temple work. Jgs. 16:4 Sampson starts his third and final relationship with a Philistine woman, Delilah. Jgs. 16:5 The lords of the Philistines came to Delilah and offers to pay her to reveal the secret of his great strength so that they might overpower him. Jgs. 16:6-9 The first test of fresh bowstrings Jgs. 16:10-12 The second test of new ropes. Jgs. 16:13-14 The third test of tying his seven locks of hair together and pinning it down. Jgs. 16:15-20 The fourth test, Sampson finally gives into her nagging and he tells her everything, that if his hair is cut “his   strength will leave him.” This is the first time this statement The Lord left Sampson. Jgs. 16:21 Because the Lord had left Sampson the Philistines were able to seize him and gouge out his eyes. They brought him to Gaza where he ground at the mill in prison. Jgs. 16:22 Sampson’s hair began to grow again, almost foreshadowing that his strength will return to bring vengeance upon the Philistines.  Jgs. 16:23-30 Sampson was to entertain them at the feast where at least 3,000 lords and people gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god for giving Sampson into their hands. Sampson however calls out to God for one last moment of strength and asked to die along with the Philistines. He asked to have his hands placed on the columns of the house where he bowed down and brought the whole house down and the Philistines who were killed in his death numbered more than those killed in his life. Jgs. 16:31 Sampson’s brothers and all his family came down to Gaza and took him and brought him up and buried him in the tomb of Manoah his father. He judged Israel twenty years. Num. 6:2-21 When a man or a woman makes a vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the LORD, he shall separate himself from [1] Anything that is from the grape vine [2] No razor shall touch his head. [3] Not go near a dead body. [4] The nazirite vow also leaves room to add to these three things if one desires to do so. Heb. 11:32 Samson is listed among those who through faith served the LORD. -INTERPRETATION-  Sampson has the most promising start: given to God fearing parents as a miracle, called to be a Nazirite to God from the womb (separate and holy to God), prophesied by God that he would begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines. It says in 14:24-25 that the LORD blessed him and the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him; however, he continued to SEE and LOVE the daughters of the Philistines which lead to Sam pson’s downfall and the death of thousands of Philistines. The text says that these things were, “from the LORD, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines.” Though God ultimately receives glory from Sampson’s life  (Hebrews 11:32) it is not before Sampson breaks every vow that is in the Nazirite covenant, lies to his parents, and sleeps with prostitutes. Sampson is a great example of God’s sovereignty in a man’s life, because Sampson had every means to defeat the Philistines but instead he gave most of his strength to pursuing his own fleshly desires. God’s judgment against the Philistines finally came as a result of Sampson’s selfish revenge rather than some victorious conquest of God’s people reclaiming their land. I know Sampson’s stren gth comes from the LORD, but it also seems to be related to his Nazirite vow which is interesting because though he was dedicated from the womb as a Nazirite there is no evidence that Sampson ever desired to follow this vow or that he took it seriously. LIFE    Nazirite from birth, born into the tribe of Dan.    His name means, “little sun”      Sampson grew and the Lord blessed him.    Sampson continued to get into trouble by his disobedience to the LORD’s commands.      Sampson judged the people of Israel for 20 years.    Sampson ultimately killed himself to destroy a great multitude of the Philistines. MINISTRY    “The Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him.” And Sampson killed 30 men at Ashkelon      Sampson burned down the crops of the Philistines.    Sampson avenged the murder of his wife by killing a number of Philistines    “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power,” and with a donkey’s jawbone Sampson killed 1000 Philistines.    Sampson Judged Israel for 20 years.     At the end Sampson brings down a house where all of the Philistine Lords were gathered together numbering about 3,000 just on the roof of the house, and so Samson killed more Philistines in his death than in his life. CHARACTER Good (positive) Bad (negative) Inventive Rash, quickly makes foolish choices Trusting Disobedient to the Law of God Creative (witty sayings) Disrespectful to his parents Honored God for the source of his strength No reverence for his nazarite vow Man of faith Prideful Chosen by God Given to “hot” anger  Full of vengeance Driven by his sexual appetite Liar and Mocker Crumbles under pressure Success: After looking at Sampson’s character it’s easy to see that he does not even begin to measure up to what we consider human standards of honor or integrity, however he is remembered by the saints as a man of God, chosen and full of faith and moved by the Spirit of God. I think that this shows us that God is sovereign and his plans are far above our understanding. He used the selfish sins and physical strength of one man to bring judgment against a nation. There is no evidence that he even attempted to obey God one time; however, God used him to judge Israel. I wish I new more about his 20 years judging Israel. APPLICATION      Main Lesson –  God will achieve his plans with or without our obedience.    Even the best upbringing cannot make a child obedient to the Lord.    Following the passions of our flesh and the ways of the world rather than obeying God’s commands will bring destruction not only to ourselves but also our household.    We should seek and ask for God’s spirit to dwell within us to display his mighty power.    I need to master my fleshly appetites especially in sexual sin. I need to learn that the phrase, “it looks right in my eyes,” is wrong and that I need to ask myself, “does it looks right in the Lord’s eyes.”      I need to be chosen by God to accomplish his pu rpose, it doesn’t depend on man’s efforts but on the plan of the Lord. Let go of control more and remember that he is sovereign in everything MESSAGE   Sampson’s unnecessary suffering and God’s sovereignty through  a rebellious heart 1.   Suffering vs. Holy S uffering (what does God’s word say about suffering ) *do not be deceived when you bring useless suffering upon yourself because of disobedience*  2.   God’s sovereignty over Sampson’s life  3.   The power of God’s spirit within the believer to bring victor y over sin and glory to God. As we begin to look at the story of Sampson we are filled with great eagerness. “You will conceive and give birth to a son…he is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”  (Jgs. 13:5) He is set apart by none other than God himself for His own purposes. His Father Manoah, from the tribe of Dan, prays to the LORD: “O Lord, I beg you, let the man  of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”  (Jgs. 13:8) His father believes and instead of going out to buy What to Expect for the First Year he begs the Lord to teach him how to bring up his son in a manner pleasing of the Lord. Chapter 13 leaves us with this, “Samson grew and the LORD blessed him, and the Spirit began to stir him.”  (Jgs. 13:24-25) Never having read the rest of the story we are left imagining that he calls Israel to repent and turn back to the Lord just before he leads an army to crush the Philistines and lead God’s people to freedom. He will surely go down in history among God’s faithful with the likes of Abraham, Joseph, and Moses.   The writer doesn’t waste his time painting a radically different picture of Samson. It’s important af  ter reading the interlude to Samson’s life that we remember what Paul writes about in Romans 3:10 -18, “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. ”Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” The venom of asps is under their lips. ”their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way o f peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”   This verse doesn’t say “no one but a few Godly men, or no one but those who God will set apart for his work.” In this light we can better prepare ourselves for the rest of Samson’s  life and I prey see our own disobedience and rebellion to God’s commands. For if no one is righteous then EVERYONE needs help getting right with God. You right now by yourself can not fear, seek, or understand God. So as we look at the unfolding of Samson ’s story let us not cast the first stone against him but turn our gaze to our own hearts. Do we also trade what is right in God’s eyes for what is right in our own eyes, trading eternal things for pleasure that does not last. Verse 1 of chapter 14 reads this way, “Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.” His father and mother   replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She is right in my eyes.””   The Lord’s command in Numbers  15:39 says this, “…remember all the commandments of the LORD, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God.”  
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