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Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Wednesday    April 28, 2010   Judges 13-14 and Psalm 75

There is a verse in our reading today that has bothered me for years. It is the following words-

Judges 14:4

(His parents did not know that this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)

   This statement was made in regards to Samson’s parent’s disagreement with him about who he wanted to marry. Samson’s parents rightfully believed that their son had been born by a miracle of God, and for a very specific calling. They believed that his life was to be dedicated to the purposes of God – yet Samson’s desire to marry a Gentile woman was contrary to the law of God for the Israelites. It appears that Manoah and his wife had done everything in their power to raise Samson in the manner that the angel of the Lord had instructed them before his birth. Yet, Samson seemed to take lightly some of the expectations of a person who has been called to be a Nazirite. Samson said, dad, I want that woman – get her for me.

   The story of Samson is a classic example of the dangers of compromise. There have been sermon series preached from his story that outline for us the steps toward self-destruction. There is that tragic moment in the story of Samson and Delilah where the Spirit of God is lifted from Samson’s life and he does not even realize it until it is too late! And yet here in Judges 14:4 the writer makes the observation that Samson’s choice for his first wife was in the Lord’s will. That bothers me . . . it bothers me because it would appear that God was in favor of this man breaking his commandments so that God’s purposes could be accomplished . . . it is like saying that the end justifies the means. I don’t know if that is what this text is saying or not . . . but as I read the whole story of this man Samson it becomes very apparent that his “weakness” for the women of the Philistines was at the core of every action that he took against the Philistines who were lording it over the Israelites. The battles that Samson fought and won were not the wars of a nation against nation - they were the wars of one man against a group of people who had wronged him in the context of his relationship with a woman. Each one of the times that Samson killed Philistine men it was in the context of his relationship to one of their women. Samson, the incredibly strong man, had a weakness for Philistine women. It was that weakness that led to the display of God’s power – it was that weakness that set the stage for deliverance for the people of God

   My conclusion again this morning in regards to this passage of scripture is two-fold. Number one: there are a lot of things that I do not understand. Number two: God is indeed able to cause all things to work together for good. God is able to even use my weaknesses and failures to accomplish his purposes. God is faithful even when I am not.

   Your comments and thoughts are welcomed.

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Thursday  April 29, 2010   Judges 15-16 and Psalm 76

Friday       April 30, 2010   Judges 17-18 and Psalm 77

Saturday   May 1, 2010     Judges 19-21 and Proverbs 15

Sunday     May 2, 2010      Romans 1-3 and Proverbs 16


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