Day 51 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 18 to 21
Samson - He-man with She-weakness
We can define Samson by the following
- great start
- awesome strength
- unbridled passion
- self indulgence
- tragic end
He was a chosen instrument to be in the hand of God to deliver the Israelites from the Philistines but he was running with the wrong crowd in circles and delivered himself into the hands of the Philistines. He is a classic example of how a Judge ought not to be.
Samson's story has been recorded in the Bible probably for the benefit of all of us not to make another Samson out of our life.
Unlike Samson we may have a different weakness to indulge like craving for possession, power, position, a wrong habit etc. which will jeopardise God's calling in our life and yet make us successful from world's point of view.
Being successful is not our goal but being faithful to God is which may result in our losing the world but wearing the crown kept for us by the Lord.
Let us do a self check to find what do we indulge in too much which is blocking God's plan for our life and ask the Lord to give us the power and determination to overcome it.
Rev.3: 21 says, " To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne."
Let us decide what we want
Self indulgence or Eternal throne
🍇 Simple thoughts for
deeper meditation .
" In those days, there was no king in Israel, every man did that which was right in his own eyes"
Who is in charge here, anyway?
We cannot help but ask that question when we read the above verse. It tells that during the period of Judges, Israel kept sinking to new lows of sin and depravity. Every one did as he/she saw fit. Do you know what this means? It means that each person saw themselves in charge. Who is in charge here? " I am" said each person.
I am in charge !
It is my life !
It is my decision !
I am the boss !
I am in control !
The last four chapters of Judges tell us the things that happened in Israel-things which show that every one did as he/she saw fit..
⚡ The first one is the disobedience of the tribe of Dan. They were unable to conquer the allotted portion of the promised land- So they forsook what the Lord had promised to them. They went far outside the boundaries and destroyed a quiet and unsuspecting city and moved in. They did what was right in their eyes.
⚡ Secondly, a Levite left her concubine on the street to be raped and dead. The men of Gibeah did it. He, his host, and the men of Gibeah all did what was right in their eyes.
⚡Thirdly, the same Levite cut up the body of his concubine and sent part of it to each of the 12 tribes. When the men of Israel
wanted to punish the Gibeah for this evil deed, the tribe of Benjamin fought with Israel instead of handing over the men of Gideah to the Israelites. Almost every grown up men in that tribe were killed in that battle. All of them did what was right in their eyes. Who is in charge here, any way? They did not acknowledge God as their king. Four times we read " in those days Israel had no King" ( 17:6, 18:1, 19:l, 21:25 ) Israel may not have had an earthy king, but they did have a king! The Lord, Almighty. But Israel lived like they had no king. They lived like there was no one to whom they were responsible.
⚡ As we look around, we may be tempted to ask," who is in charge here, any way?" Individuals have become a law unto themselves, each one demanding the right to do as they please.
💧 So as the people who had read the Book of Judges, we have two obligations:
One, our home-life, our family relationships, our marriages should be shining examples of what happen when Jesus becomes the king in our life. Let all see that Jesus is in charge in our life.
Secondly, we need to tell people about our king, Jesus. We need to tell people that those who serve king Jesus no longer strive to do as they see fit.
Who is charge of your life?
If Jesus is not in charge, if his rule is not recognized, the result will be anarchy and chaos.
Let Jesus reign in your heart as King. !!
Dr. Thomas David🎯