Judges Chapter Sixteen
(Part Two)

Introduction: A key idea in the Judges is that God blesses obedience and punishes disobedience. Today, we will continue to discuss the fall of Samson.

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Read Judges 16:10-21

4. Fall of Samson (continued). In this chapter of Judges Samson lied several times. Delilah kept on nagging. And eventually, he told her the secret of his strength. The Philistines were making sport of Samson. They had gouged out his eyes. They had him doing hard physical work (i.e., grinding).

Applications –

- Who to trust and not to trust. Notice in vss. 10-12 that Samson should have had more sense than he showed. If someone tries to hurt us one or two times, it shows a great lack of wisdom for us to give them a third chance. Love tries to build us up, not tear us down.

Let’s work on discerning who to trust and who not to trust in our lives. When we simply stay with a person because of emotions or convenience rather than discerning God’s will, we are setting ourselves up for all kinds of trouble.

- Communication. Notice in vss. 13-14 the poor communication in the relationship. There was lying, manipulation, and nagging. God hates a lying tongue. Manipulation or being sneaky is sin. We should be able to be transparent with those we love.

And nagging (i.e., reminding people of what we know they have not forgotten) is not a good practice (see Pro. 21:19). Let’s work on healthy communication in our relationships.

Poor communication makes a bad situation worse. Good communication can help us fix problems. And sometimes it allows us to depart as friends, instead of stay in a bad relationship as enemies.

- Knowing when to leave. Notice in vss. 17, 19 that Samson gave up the secret, instead of simply leaving the situation. First, there are times when we need to leave a bad situation, instead of remain in the bad situation and behave in bad ways.

II Timothy 2:22 talks about fleeing youthful lusts. The principle is to flee anything that is tempting us to sin. Sometimes we end up doing wrong because we stayed too long.

Second, Samson’s sin may have been influenced by his out of control sexual desires. Even if our sexual desires are not as high as they used to be, we all still have some desires that can get us in trouble, when that desire is more important to us than being a wise steward of God’s gifts. Let’s seek God’s wisdom and courage to leave a situation before we sin.

- Integrity. Notice in vs. 18 that at least the people had some business integrity. They gave Delilah the money they promised her, in exchange for Samson. There are too many people who claim to be Christians who lack the integrity found in this chapter of Judges.

Too many people promise to do great things (e.g., Church Covenant, marriage vows, etc.) but perform little of what they promise. Let’s work on being people who keep our word.

- Repossessed gifts. Notice in vs. 20 that God took back the amazing strength that He had given to Samson. First, we should be wise stewards of what God has placed in our trust. God has given every believer at least one ability with which to serve Him.

Second, our failure to be wise stewards is subject to God taken the gifts away from us. “Once saved, always saved” should not be confused with “once gifted, always gifted.” We do have eternal security with regard to our salvation. However, our gifts can be taken away, if we don’t take care of them as God desires.

Third, as in this chapter of Judges, God can take the gift with or without our knowledge. It is a terrible to be in a situation that requires God’s gift but the gift has been taken away. Let’s work on being wise stewards of God’s gifts, so we don’t have to suffer the fate that Samson suffered.

- Mean people. Notice in vs. 21 that the people were being so mean. Without the grace of God, people can cut our hearts out. But with the grace of God, God can make our enemies bring food to our table.

Therefore, our ultimate trust should always be in the Lord (i.e., who may use people), instead of simply in people. Furthermore, we should strive to be known for our love and not for being mean. Let’s work on keeping our trust in God and not just in people.

Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedient, instead of disobedient. God has much for those who obey His will.

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