Read Judges 15:1-10
3. Exploits of Samson. In this chapter of Judges Samson tried to return to have sex with his wife. The woman’s father had already given her to Samson’s friend.
Samson burned down the nearby fields, in anger. The Philistines who owned the fields killed the woman and father and went looking for Samson.
- Too involved in adult children’s business. Notice in vss. 1-2 the danger of parents being too involved in the lives of their children. “Yes,” the culture in the text allowed for parental involvement.
However, it is still a case of the father making the wrong decision. Therefore, we should be careful about being too involved in the relational issues of our adult children.
Sometimes the best thing to do after prayer and setting a good example is to help them see several options that they can choose from. Let’s work on respecting the boundaries of our adult children.
- Angry leader. Notice in vss. 3-5 that Samson had a bad temper. First, it is so important for us to work on controlling ourselves. A part of the fruit of the Spirit is self-control.
No one makes us so angry that we do something. We always have a choice regarding what we do with our anger.
Second, in spite of Samson’s character flaws, God kept on using him as a judge of His people. God can use those we would often reject. Let’s work on self-control and trusting God’s selection of leaders.
- Reporting. Notice in vs. 6 that a question was asked about who did what, and an immediate clear answer was given. So much confusion could be avoided and managed with immediate clear answers about who did what.
Worse than children covering for bullies and misconduct in school are adults who do the same on their jobs, in church, and in our communities.
Let’s work on doing better with being mandatory reporters. Even if we have to report anonymously, we should work on reporting.
- Self-control for the benefit of others. Notice in vs. 6 that the woman and her father were killed because of Samson. The first reason for working on self-control should be because God calls us to do so.
A second reason may be that self-control is better for us than always being so quick to get angry. But a third reason for working on self-control is that our lack of control can put others in danger.
There are people who will attack those around us, if they cannot get to us directly. Let’s work on self-control for the sake of those around us as well.
- The danger of violence. Notice in vss. 7-10 that violence led to more violence. When people live by “an eye for an eye,” they both end up blind. No one is perfect. So, if we attack until the other becomes perfect, it is a losing battle.
Love is so much better than retaliation. Love is less stressful than hate. Love helps to deescalate the tension between the parties. And love allows God to come in and set things straight.
Let’s work on breaking the cycle of violence with love. This idea should be unpacked and applied in our communities, churches, on our jobs, and in our families.
Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedient, instead of disobedient. God has much for those who obey His will.