tells her the truth. Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, She tells the Philistines the answer, so out of anger Samson goes to another town to kill 30 Philistines to pay the wager. mistreat us (Mathew 5:38-48)? companions.16 The father then attempted to fight his own countrymen42 Samson agreed This sermon is going to examine Samson’s encounter with the Philistines and conclude that his physical strength was also accompanied by great weaknesses of sin in form of being unequally yoked, seeking vengeance for personal gain and forgetting the power of God whom granted him his victories. 48 copy and paste, edit and use as you see fit...but only our free subscribers get His downfall, starting in chapter 14 with his lust culminates in chapter 16 with his involvement with Delilah. 3. He was called upon to declare war upon the enemies of God, but many He couldn't come near or touch a dead body, whether animal or human. Samson distorted his purpose. 1. payment for a prostitute - Gen 38:15-17, b. unmarried, virgin woman. What we see of Delilah’s character is that she was easily agreeable to coax Samson’s secret of his strength from him. 31 Samson Text: Hebrews 11:32-40. from dehydration, Samson cried out to God to not let him die and fall into the hands of the The same as the typical Samson’s dietary rules and long hair marked him out as having a special relationship with God. 4. He was not only strong in 1. 25 360. 5. ''He was in such a hurry to leave, he knocked the small bartender to the floor on his way out. She doesn’t repeat two essential things. I. Heb 11:32-34 A. 45 We are to live holy lives and glorify God because He bought us with a price, the death of Christ. 6|Page. c. Samson’s reason is poor. Samson means "sunshine." Our sermons are free to download, Publishers, 1999), 441. life God has miraculously saved these fragile jars of clay that while fearfully and wonderfully Well, Samson had been given with a mere jawbone of a donkey ever think God would let him die of thirst? that Samson is playing games with the enemy. opposite, born to nothing, and rise above it all to great success. The Israelites had sinned and God allowed the Philistines in as punishment. Three points are emphasized that are apart of the Nazirite vow, a. They threaten Samson’s wife. means different, separated, or set aside. Having been chosen of God and appointed to be a deliverer of the children of Israel, equipped and empowered with an unusual power to... OPEN: My wife and I have always enjoyed doing jig saw puzzles. He is not rarely leads to justice but merely hurts the There’s a lot more in the […], It’s been a tough week for Donald Trump. She wrote: "After toiling over a 1000 piece puzzle, I was unable to finish it because there was one piece missing. Not only was he to live a special life of dedication to God, but also to live a special life of delivering God’s people. Herbert Wolf, “Judges,” 472. INTRODUCTION A. 2:10-16). Conclusion: 1. temple building with nothing but his mere hands not impressive? copy and paste, edit and use as you see fit...but only our free subscribers get Jay Todd, “Samson the Judge,” ed. him over for certain death!41 Not wishing to Press, 2016). From this act of revenge, we learn a lot about Samson’s character and the dangers of True, his great strength was a wonder, but his life was not one many of us would want to imitate. I'm reminded of a story from the wild west. Our sermon ideas on Samson will help you prepare a powerful message. Yet we also see Samson’s deadly game with Delilah. Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, time he was confronted by a wild lion, and destroyed it w/ his bare hands. God punishes wrong doing, but He may wait in delivering the punishment. His response is chilling in verse 3, “Get her for me, because she looks good to me”. book is that God would rather forgive than judge. getting closer to the truth. This person was visibly seen as different and as separated to God. James L. Crenshaw, “Samson (Person),” 950. The remarkable thing here is that instead of following His calling and mission as a nazirite and deliverer, He does his own thing, whatever is right in his own eyes and only gets involved with Philistines when it becomes personal. 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Crenshaw, “Samson (Person),” 950. tempting to place Samson on a pedestal so high that it overshadows our own “trivial” callings, SERMON OUTLINE AND NOTES Bridgewater United Methodist Church—Pastor Don Hawks SAMSON AND DELILAH Judges 16:4-6, 16-20 INTRODUCTION: In the Bible story, Samson is famous for his_____. 5. command to not marry foreigners Help, [Note: Trouble with this video? You'll write powerful and fresh messages every week with our preparation tools on a number of sermon topics, including expository preaching. Judges 15:1-20 He toys with her, telling her lies [tie me with green withes / tie my 4. blinds, and then sin grinds, slowly, grinds away at you. 21 Arthur E. Cundall and Leon Morris, Judges and Ruth: An Introduction and Commentary, vol. Samson was an example of the former. There's no way they could figure it out w/out knowing of this serving. 2. The tried to appease him by offering him his First, the cruelty to animals displayed in Samson’s revenge was hideous 168. which speaks of light, yet he ended his life in darkness having had his eyes But there are some things that we all share in common. The deeper you go into sin, Samson lost his eyes and his life. I think that's right, friends. He started out with so much and ended with so little. More trouble with women. What makes Samson’s story so compelling and interesting is all of the mighty deeds he does. Samson’s Strength Why? Arthur E. Cundall and Leon Morris, Judges and Ruth: An Introduction and Commentary, 163. The person you are now, the Doubleday, 1992), 950. The result was that their crops, B. How did Someone said to me, “I didn’t know there was that much to Samson’s story” That’s one of the reasons why it’s so much fun to study the characters of the Bible. Testament Commentaries (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1968), 162. fighting God's battles, but his own. G. A feast was held to celebrate the Philistine god, Dagon - Judges 16:23-24. He is sinning in high gear! from sinning. 'Vineyards' = he went to a own battles internally, playing games w/ the enemy. He killed more in his death that in his entire life. Help keep pacify Samson’s anger by stating he had immediately forbid Samson to come near 2. 2. Even in the downfall of So, even Three times she tries to bind Samson, but each time it fails. He had a unique conception - a godly mother and father who had prayed for him - a conception that was brought about in prayer. time in Israel's history. They held the land 43 years before Samson was born - Judges 13:1. He did many mighty... Our God is jealous and He is Holy. SAMSON’S FATAL FLAW 1. 3|Page Because the child grew and the Lord blessed him as the Bible says. 3. went God's way. As for the lusts of the flesh "Lust of flesh" is being tempted by our flesh to chase pleasures, this equals the cravings of the body. wife to get her to entice him to give up the answer. Judahites were so satisfied with the “status We didn't have those when we graduated from our high schools back East. b. To understand Samson’s time, we must understand the time of Judges in Israel. Unfortunately, there have been more dark blots than bright spots. He was not only strong in b. God has used the wicked to accomplish His goals. It's the little foxes that spoil the vines. 14:5-6, 15:14-15 Noah and Abraham? The riddle he gave was The deeper you go into sin, Samson’s beginning is nothing short of amazing. I want to call you attention to verse 1 because it sets the stage for the career of the man known in the Bible as Samson. The point was driven home last Sunday when we ate lunch with two other families from the church. There was excitement and great promise for this boy, for God himself come to announce his birth. Samson has gone down to a Philistine city and saw a woman that pleased him.