Summary: Deals with the power that sin has over us and what it will do if not dealt with.
A FATAL ATTRACTION!
JUDGES 16 (v 4-5,16-20,30)
In this life I have discovered that everything that seems good to you isn’t necessarily good for you…! There are some things in this life that you may find yourself drawn to that are not meant for your good… Even though they may seem enjoyable to you at the time, they may, in the end cause you ultimate destruction…! Furthermore, it does not matter who you are... What your stature is... For no one is exempt from being caught up in compromising predicaments and questionable circumstances...!
As I examine this text, my mind travels back to the late 1980’s and I’m reminded of a movie that had all of America (and probably the rest of the world too) talking… This was a movie that changed the way in which we looked at both relationships and fidelity… This was a film that had married women daring their husbands to even think about being unfaithful… This was a film that had even the toughest, most masculine, manly men scared to even look at another women…!
It dealt with the danger, the act, and the consequences of becoming involved in an extra-marital affair… The movie was called “Fatal Attraction…!” It explored just what can and oftentimes does happen when a man decides to slip and dip and shake his_______ with another woman…! (We all know the story…)
Let me suggest to you beloved, that likewise those of us, who are in the Household of Faith, if we’re not careful, can have the proclivity to end up in our own Spiritual Fatal Attraction…! If we’re not careful, we can end up in the same predicament as the central character of our text… For Samson illustrates to us, a prime example of what can happen when we allow ourselves to be attracted to sin, and the effects this Fatal Attraction can have on our lives…! For James 1:15 emphatically informs us that “when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin... When it is full-grown... Produces death...!” So this lets us know that the attraction to sin is one that is deadly... It is one that is fatal...!
The word fatal is defined as something causing or capable of causing death... Something (or someone) causing ruin or destruction… It comes from the Latin word fatum, which means deadly, destructive…
In other words, something fatal is something that is deadly, disastrous, destructive, and/or lethal to you…! And subsequently, the word attraction is the act or capability of attracting. The power or quality of attracting… Something that attracts you, allures you… It charms you, It fascinates, It appeals, It tempts, It entices, and it calls you…! (Examples: food, clothes, cars, sin...)
One thing that we have to understand is that the devil ain’t no fool… He ain’t no fool when it comes to the flesh… You see; he knows what turns you on…. He knows what makes you tick… He knows how to get your goat…. And he’ll put it right there in your face and say, “Here…! Go on and take it… you know you want it….!” He offers you a Fatal Attraction…! And we’re so gullible, that we’ll let him lead us like a lamb to slaughter… Many times over and over again…!