Day 50 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 14 to 17
🍇 Simple thoughts for
🌈deeper meditation 🌈
Judges: 16: 28
" And Samson called unto the Lord, and said O
Lord God, remember me, I
pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this
once, O God, that I may be
atonce avenged of the
Philistines for my two eyes"
We all know the story of Samon. So no need to reiterate. Here we see final scene of his life drama.
⚡ The strength which he had lost by sin, he recovers by prayer. The house was pulled down not by the natural strength of Samson, but by the almighty power of God. In his case it was right he should avenge the cause of God and Israel. He sought not his own death but Israel's deliverance and the destruction of the enemies. Thus Samson died in bonds, and among the Philistines, as an awful rebuke for his sins, but he died repentant.
⚡ Have you ever thought why Samson was included in Hebrews: 11, the faith chapter ?
It seems like the life of Samson is just an episode of disobedience, stubbornness, and immorality. However if we look deeper into the word of God, we will see that the author of Hebrews counted Samson as a hero of faith. Though his life was a series of breaking God's commandments, we will soon see that God still works in his life
⚡ As readers of this book, we have some lessons from it:
💧 We are called to live a holy life. As Christians we have a higher calling than the pursuit of happiness, it is the pursuit of holiness.
💧 God can use our bad situations to fulfill His purpose. God's purpose for our lives is greater than our greatest mistakes.
💧 You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequence of your choice. Every action you will make will either bring you farther or closer to God.
💧 Choose a mate within your faith. Choosing a mate is so life changing that it should not be based on your will, but God's will. The Bible says, " Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness ? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth
with an infidel ?" ( 2 Cointhians: 6 : 14, 15)
💧 Use our strength for God's work. It is our Christian duty to use our strength for the glory of God.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
Among the many judges that God raised up to deliver Israel, whenever they cried out to him in repentance, Gideon stands out in a league of his own, together with Deborah and Jephthah! Be it during Deborah's or Gideon's era, there was a need for someone to rise up among the Israelites, who became restless about their captivity. This stirring within their hearts led to a cry that tugged at God's heart moving Him to move in the supernatural and spearhead a campaign leading to their deliverance. However, the reason for their misery and bondage was always because they disobeyed the Lord and worshiped some other God instead, Judges 6:10.
Gideon found favour with God, and so, God encouraged him to believe that he could overcome the Midianites with the Lord's help. However, before the victory could be won, there were certain radical steps that Gideon needed to take. He was instructed to pull down his father’s Baal altar and cut down the nearby Asherah pole and then build an altar for the LORD on the top of this stronghold according to the proper pattern. Next, he had to take the second bull and offer it as a burnt sacrifice. This was no mean feat, and could have led to his death, nevertheless, he passed the test with flying colours, vs 25-28! Very often we want God to do miracles for us and bring in His deliverance into our perplexing situations, while at the same time are very unwilling to give up our idols and walk in total obedience to His laws. It is, perhaps, for this reason that we remain in bondage for many years and keep wondering why our deliverance is delayed! Further, God instructed Gideon to enroll as warriors, only those men who were fearless and attended to the necessities of life, only as second priority to the concerns of His Kingdom.
This shows that numbers don't matter to the Lord, but rather the quality of the people that are included are far more important! Further, they fought the battle without a single sword being used initially, but their weapons were trumpets and the light that the torches afforded, Judges 7:16. This signifies that faith that comes from the light that God's Word generates which is accompanied with praise and thanksgiving given to God as a result of such faith, are the secret spiritual weapons for victory in any battle, provided the use of these are preceded by repentance of all idolatry and a heart wholly committed to worshiping our Lord alone, by obeying His laws!
Finally, declaration of Gideon's faith after overcoming all fear, Judges 7:15, coupled with pursuing the enemy until their kings and generals were completely destroyed, ensured total victory, which brought about rest in the land for the next forty years, Judges 8:28! As we study this pattern carefully, and follow the principles contained therein wholeheartedly, then undoubtedly, we too will experience God's deliverance and bring glory to His Name, just like Gideon did!