Read Judges 15:11-20
3. Exploits of Samson. Three thousand men from Judah went to bring Samson to the Philistines. In this chapter of there was an agreement that the men of Judah would turn Samson over, instead of kill him.
The Spirit of the Lord empowered Samson to kill 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. God provided miraculous water. And Samson led Israel for 20 years.
- Peacemakers. Notice in vs. 11 that the men of Judah were trying to keep their community out of war. In like manner, there should be some people who are wise and responsive enough to do what needs to be done to calm things done and keep the community out of war.
This idea applies to our families, churches, communities, and sometimes on our jobs. Let’s work on being peacemakers.
- Revenge. Notice in vs. 11 that Samson was moved by revenge. Revenge can be so expensive. Revenge will make you punch me because I slapped you. And then I kick you because you punched me.
And then you stab me because I kicked you. And so on. It is very hard to do, but God calls us to trust Him to avenge.
Let’s work on trusting God to avenge our being mistreated. This takes a great deal of faith, but it should be our goal as especially disciples of Christ.
- Keeping our word. Notice in vss. 12-13 that an agreement was made and kept between Samson and the men of Judah. This sounds like such an elementary point, until you look at how often we break our word today.
We can start with all of those great ideas found in our church covenant that so many members don’t live up to.
Think about the
praying, studying, serving, and giving patterns in our churches, in spite of
all of the promises that we make in our covenant. Let’s work on being people who keep our word.
- A jawbone and water in dry places. Notice in vss. 14-19 that God empowered Samson to kill 1,000 men with the jawbone of a donkey and then provided water in dry places.
First, God is able to give us strength that we cannot take any credit for. That is why we should not limit what God can do based on our strength. God can give us extra strength.
Second, make sure you are not one of the 1,000 who were killed. Make sure that you are saved and striving to live an obedient life.
Third, there is nothing too hard for God. If we trust and obey His will, God can provide for us in miraculous ways. Let’s work on trusting God to provide for those who belong to Him.
- 20 years of Samson.Notice in vs. 20 that with all of Samson’s faults, God used him as the leader for 20 years. On one hand, we should all strive to live as obediently as we can. Samson’s sinfulness is no excuse for us to live sinfully.
On the other hand, we should be careful about trying to chastise or remove a leader whom God is allowing to serve. When God gets ready to remove a bad leader, He knows how to do it.
But we can get in trouble with God, when we try to move or chastise the leader. Let’s work on trusting God’s use of human leaders.
Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedient, instead of disobedient. God has much for those who obey His will.