the Lord providing Samson the deliverer
Manoahís (Samsonís parents had been long childless) reflection there
is great fear; we shall surely die. In his wifeís reflection there is
great faith as she was satisfied that the messenger was of God. As a help
meet for him, she encouraged him. If God designed me to perish under his
wrath, he would not give tokens of his favour. Blessed are those who have
not seen, and as yet, as Manoah, have believed. Samson drank no wine or
strong drink, yet excelled in strength and courage for he had the Spirit
of God moving him.
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marriage was weak and foolish of him to set his affections upon a daughter
of the Philistines. Shall a
Nazarite, devoted to the Lord, covet to become one with a worshiper of
Dagon? Samsonís parents did
well to dissuade him but he was bent upon it. His worldly wife became as
an enemy in the camp. To save herself and oblige her countrymen, betrayed
her husband. In the end the very thing she feared and by sin sought to
avoid, came upon her and her fathers house was burned by fire. The
mischief we seek to escape by any unlawful practices, we often pull down
upon our own heads.
enabling him to kill a lion, God let Samson know what he could do in the
strength of the Spirit of the Lord, that he might never be afraid to look
the greatest difficulties in the face. When Samson vanquished the
Philistines with the Jaw-bone of an ass, he made great destruction. This
was to do wonders by the foolish things of the world that the excellency
of the power might be of God, not man. We can do all things through Him
that strengtheneth us. So
little notice did the men of Judah take of their deliverer, that he was
ready to perish for want of a draught of water at one point. Samson prayed
God in his distress and God caused a fountain suddenly and seasonably to
open. Those that forget to attend God with their praises, may be compelled
to attend him with their prayers.
had been more than once brought into mischief and danger by the love of
women yet he would not take warning, but is again taken in the same snare
and the third time is fatal. Samsonís eyes were the inlet of his sin and
now his punishment began there. He was blinded by the Philistines, he then
had time to remember how his own lusts had before blinded him. By the loss
of his bodily sight, the eyes of his understanding were opened; and by
depriving him of his bodily strength, the Lord was pleased to renew his
spiritual strength. Later that strength which he had lost by sin, he
recovers by prayer one last time and the house is pulled down by the
almighty power of God and the enemy is crushed. Samson died in bonds among
the Philistines, but he died repentant and found mercy of the Lord at
effects of his death typified those of the death of Christ, who, of his
own will, laid down his life among transgressors, and thus overturned the
foundation of Satanís kingdom, and provided for the deliverance of his
people. Every penitent shall obtain mercy, who flees for refuge to that
saviour whose blood cleanses from all sin.
O For A Thousand
Tongues To Sing
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.
My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread thro' all the earth abroad,
The honors of Thy name.
2. Jesus! the name that calms my fears,
That bids our sorrows cease,
'Tis music in the sinner's ears,
'Tis life and health and peace.
3. He breaks the pow'r of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner pree;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.
4. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come;
And leap, ye lame, for joy.
Words: Charles Wesley,
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