Summary: There is a lesson we can learn from Samson
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• Today we are going to take a journey through the life of one of the most interesting Judges of the nation of Israel.
• A judge was someone sent by and commissioned by God to more or less clean up Dodge (Israel) after the nation were deteriorate into a cycle of sin.
• As we take a look at the life of Samson, we will make some observations along the way that we can use in our life to keep from falling into the Samson Syndrome.
• The outline today will serve as benchmarks in the life of Samson.
• Today our message comes from the book of Judges chapters 13-16. You will want to turn there to follow along.
• Let us first begin by a brief examination of the nation of Israel just before the birth of Samson. WHAT WE SEE IS…
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I. A nation in trouble.
• The first verse of chapter 13 gives us a sad commentary concerning the nation of Israel.
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• Judges 13:1(ESV) 1And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, so the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.
• Throughout the history of the nation of Israel, they repeated a continual cycle as a nation.
o Sin, Servitude, Sorrow, Salvation
• The salvation would come in the form of a Judge like Samson, one who would deliver the nation from the slavery but after a period of time, the nation would repeat the cycle over and over again.
• It was the time in the cycle where the nation needed another deliverer and this time it was going to be Samson.
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II. An ordinary family.
• Samson came from humble origins.
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• Judges 13:2(ESV) 2There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. And his wife was barren and had no children.
• Manoah was the father. Mother unnamed.
• His mother was barren, this was one of the worst things that could happen to a woman in that day.
• Also having sons was more important than daughters because a son could carry on the family name which was important, they could provide valuable “FREE” labor, and since a dowry was not required from a son at marriage, they were cheaper to get rid of one day.
• Well, one day an angel of the Lord comes to Samson’s mother and tells her she is going to have a son and that her son was going to save Israel from the hands of the Philistines.
• Angel tells her that she is not to drink or eat of the fruit of the vine, eat anything unclean, or cut his hair.
• She is told that her son was to a Nazirite. (Numbers 6:2-21 Nazirite vow) WHAT WAS A NAZIRITE?
• Member of a class of individuals especially devoted to God. The Hebrew term means consecration, devotion, and separation.
• Two traditional forms of the Nazirite are found. One was based on a vow by the individual for a specific period; the other was a lifelong devotion following the revelatory experience of a parent which announced the impending birth of a child. SAMSON’S CASE.
o A Nazirite was not to eat or drink from the fruit of the vine. No grape products.
o A Nazirite could not touch anything that would be unclean such as a dead body.
o A Nazirite was to not cut his hair.
• WE know that Samson’s family KNEW what God wanted from them and from Samson, it is stated on three occasions in the short narrative concerning Samson.
• CONCLUSION OF FAMILY.
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• Judges 13:24-25(ESV) 24And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the Lord blessed him. 25And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him in Muh’ huh nehh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol. (ESH TAIL)
• This is all we know about Samson’s life until we get to one of his weaknesses.
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III. The women in Samson’s life.
• Women were one of Samson’s weaknesses, especially foreign women, he had an unhealthy desire for Philistine women, women outside of the nation of Israel.
• The firs women we are introduced to is..
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A. The “wife” from Timnah.
• The interesting thing about this first woman in Samson’s life is that God was going to use this relationship to start a fight with the Philistines!
• God was able to use a weakness that Samson had for the benefit of His plan.
• Samson wants this girl and the family objects, they plead with him to find a woman from his own people, but Samson wins out.