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April 2, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 1 Samuel 21-24
Audio: 1 Samuel 21-24

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Judges 14 (ESV)

Samson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw one of the daughters of the Philistines. Then he came up and told his father and mother, “I saw one of the daughters of the Philistines at Timnah. Now get her for me as my wife.” But his father and mother said to him, “Is there not a woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she is right in my eyes.”

His father and mother did not know that it was from the Lord, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines ruled over Israel.

Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring.Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she was right in Samson’s eyes.

After some days he returned to take her. And he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey. He scraped it out into his hands and went on, eating as he went. And he came to his father and mother and gave some to them, and they ate. But he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey from the carcass of the lion.

10 His father went down to the woman, and Samson prepared a feast there, for so the young men used to do. 11 As soon as the people saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12 And Samson said to them, “Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can tell me what it is, within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes, 13 but if you cannot tell me what it is, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes.” And they said to him, “Put your riddle, that we may hear it.”14 And he said to them,

“Out of the eater came something to eat.
Out of the strong came something sweet.”

And in three days they could not solve the riddle.

15 On the fourth day they said to Samson’s wife, “Entice your husband to tell us what the riddle is, lest we burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us here to impoverish us?” 16 And Samson’s wife wept over him and said, “You only hate me; you do not love me. You have put a riddle to my people, and you have not told me what it is.” And he said to her, “Behold, I have not told my father nor my mother, and shall I tell you?” 17 She wept before him the seven days that their feast lasted, and on the seventh day he told her, because she pressed him hard. Then she told the riddle to her people. 18 And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,

“What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?”

And he said to them,

“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
you would not have found out my riddle.”

19 And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon and struck down thirty men of the town and took their spoil and gave the garments to those who had told the riddle. In hot anger he went back to his father’s house.20 And Samson’s wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.

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  1. Samson's Senses

    At the end of the previous chapter, we learn of the birth of Samson and that he grew up and the Lord blessed Him; and "the Spirit of the Lord began to stir Him" (Judges 13:24-25). In today's chapter, we learn that something (someone) else was stirring him – a woman from the Philistine's has caught his eye named Timnah.

    K. Lawson Younger writes in his commentary on Judges and Ruth:

    "The text’s emphasis on 'seeing' stresses that Samson is a man dominated by his senses, not logic. He follows his sensual instincts, instincts that find foreign women more intriguing than those of Israel. These carnal proclivities overwhelm his perception of matters that any thinking man would know better. Samson’s personality seems to be a degeneration of the other Out-group judges. Gideon is ruled by logic, Jephthah by uninformed belief, and Samson by lust, which can—and does in Samson’s case—overrule all reason, all sense, all faith."

     K. L., Jr. (2002). Judges and Ruth (pp. 299–301). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

    Can we relate to Samson? 

    Are we lead by our senses?

    If we reflect on our lives, what (or who) are we ruled by?

  2. So amazing that those are the questions you asked today! 

    Looking back at my life, I can see that I was ruled by emotions. I had very strong reactions to everything – high highs and low lows. I now recognize that in other people, and I see how I appeared to others. 

    God is the ruler of my life now. Instead of panic, fear, anger and worry, I feel safe. I know that God is going to give me whatever I need to get through anything, and I can use the wisdom he's blessed me with, through hindsight.

    What an incredible change. 

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