Sunday Morning, March 6, 2016

The Champion Who Became A Clown

Judges 15:14-16 ~ “And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.
Judges 16:21 ~ “But the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.
Judges 16:25 ~ “And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars.
Samson’s Resume:
  • Killed a lion with his own hands (Judges 14:5-6)
  • Fought and killed 30 men of Ashkelon (Judges 14:19)
  • Caught 300 foxes and set them afire running through the cornfields (Judges 15:4-5)
  • Killed 3,000 Philistines (Judges 16:28-30)
  • Carted off the Gates of Gaza with very little effort expended (Judges 16:3)
But, let’s contrast chapters 15 & 16:
  • One, he stands above the heaps of dead Philistines’ dead bodies as victor.
  • Next, he is humiliated and blind, doing the work of an animal. Bringing entertainment to the people who captured him.
This is a tragedy that doesn’t happen overnight. There are steps that led Samson to this place.
First Step ~ Samson Despised His Heritage:
  • It is interesting to find that in Judges 13:9, “And God listened to the voice of Manoah. (Samson’s father.)”
  • Samson was raised according to the Word of God and taught to respect his Nazarite vow.
  • Living by a CHRISTIAN vow may seem restrictive and even difficult, but when you choose the Will of God, it means that you submit and subject yourself to living a life “separated” unto God.
  • Samson rejected his heritage and his vow. he didn’t appreciate them and chose not to live by them.
  • David said in Psalms 16:6, “I have a goodly heritage.” (KJV) or “I have a beautiful inheritance.” (ESV)
Second Step ~ Samson Defied His Parents:
  • One evidence of spiritual decline is seen in our deteriorating relationship with other brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Instead of staying within the borders of Israel, Samson went into the enemy territory and fell in love with a heathen women.
  • In Judges 14:3, Samson says to his father, “Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.” Samson ignored the advice of his parents.
  • God has placed Spiritual parents over us and this is one of the most important roles we can have AND can listen to.
  • Guardianship
  • Mentorship
  • Leadership
Third Step ~ Samson Defiled His Body:
  • Samson gave himself over to the desires of the works of the flesh.
  • Look at the unfolding sequence of one act of defilement Samson did:
  • He rebelled in touching the carcass.
  • He tasted the temporary sweetness it provided.
  • He shared his sin with others.
  • He joke and made games.
  • Too often many have defiled themselves for a temporary taste of the world’s pleasure.
Fourth Step ~ Samson Disregarded God’s Warning:
  • Look at a few examples from Chapter 15, which appears to be a victory chapter for Samson:
  • He burned the fields of the Philistines, but they burned the home of the woman he loved.
  • He avenged his loved ones, but was then turned over by his own people into the hands of his enemies.
  • He killed 1,000 Philistines, but was left nearly dying of thirst.
  • All of Samson’s troubles were traced to his disregard for God’s warning.
Fifth Step ~ Samson Deliberately Played With Sin:
  • With Delilah and a game of lies, he inched closer to the truth.
  • He became a loser:
  • He lost his hair.
  • He lost his strength.
  • He lost his sight.
  • He lost his liberty.
  • He lost his testimony.
  • He could set the fields on fire, but couldn’t quench the fires of his own lust.
  • He could kill a lion, but couldn’t put to death the passions of his own pleasure.
  • He could easily break bonds and chains, but could not break the shackles of sin that bound him.
Conclusion: God won’t resist a contrite heart and a broken spirit. God will hear the prayer of champions, but He will also hear the prayers of the weak and unable.
Pastor Andy Lambert

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