A TRIBUTE IN LOVE

 

LOVE GAINED: LOVE LOST (SAMSON, DELILAH, JEZEBEL)

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Part 10: Give God The Glory In Love & War

 

In the name of Almighty God, Master of the universe Ruler of all the earth

 

Writer’s Note: Let it be written that God our Father will render us to certain places for a reason. However we come with everlasting faith and the appropriate credit and thanks to God for all things. God has all power so in times of joy and sorrow that has no pain for the saints we give Him the glory.

 

 

Greetings Brethren,

 

Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.

 

Beloved we continue with our discussion of Samson and love. We are well into the 15th Division of Judges were the Israelites have agreed to turn Samson over to the Philistines. For the record Samson is a man sent by God to destroy and make war on the enemy’s of God’s people the Philistines. Thus he is given supernatural strength to do so.  Meanwhile under the vow of a Nazarite he receives this strength.

 

However as we closely look at the text we find that Samson was a disobedient man but he still worked for God. But his problems are clear lessons that help and guide the saints today, yesterday and for tomorrow. Can you love a woman and leave the Lord? God giveth and God can taketh away. When pride leaves in times of trouble the righteous will call on the Lord.  We will begin with the 14th verse.

 

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 jawbow of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of an ass have I slain a thousand men.”

 

As the Philistines shouted out in preparation for an attack it is noted that he had been previously bound to insure that he would not escape. We are told that the Philistines wanted Samson badly and would thus spare the brethren for his capture. But as they shouted in preparation for the kill the spirit of the Lord came upon him and he broke the cords that bound him.

 

Meanwhile at verse 15 we see that Samson had no weapon to use in a fight with the Philistines. However a new, fresh jawbone of an ass was found nearby. With the jawbone of an ass as a weapon he slew a thousand Philistines. But without the aid of the Lord this would have been impossible.

 

At verse 16 we see Samson full of pride and self claiming that I, he had accomplished this great feat. This is where he got in trouble with God. Brethren does the Lord place us all in certain situations, troubles, trials in our lives to teach us so that we may teach someone else?

 

As God is a forgiving and all knowing God can we leave God and come back? God is a jealous God thus He wants us exclusively. But will God hear the repentant and the righteous cry out? Follow us now to the last 3 verses found here. After claiming the victory for himself Samson had also gave the place where the slew the 1,000 Philistines a name meaning “Hill of the Jawbone.” Thus he not only took personal credit for this great feat but named a place that noted that this was Samson’s victory. We continue with the following verses to get a good lesson here that is satisfying to the saints.

 

Judges 15: 18-20: “And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall in the hand of the uncircumcised?”

 

But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.”

 

“And he judge Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.”

 

God can fix it my beloved. At the 18th verse we see that Samson experienced a great thirst that was near to his death. Samson then came to his senses and cried out to the Lord for help for relief acknowledging that God is in control and He is the Creator of all things this includes the water we drink and any power or strength that comes  through our body (Also see Psalms 3: 7)

 

Glory to God saints at verse 18 we see our God as an all knowing and good God sending forth a miracle to a righteous man that God had sent. The Bible tells us that God due to the penitent pleas of Samson caused a fountain of water to flow from the very object that had allowed him to accomplish this great feat. Now Samson feeling the Spirit of the Lord and not self also bestows a name upon this place. However this name was in the memory of his penitence. It is called “The well of him that called out or cried.”

 

Brethren here we see a great blessing as we read and study this scripture. So follow us on to Isaiah to see a companion scripture that will give us more clarity on this subject.

 

Isaiah 40: 29:  “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no weight he increaseth strength.”

 

Beloved God helps those who are in need. Samson was in need. He will also give strength to the weak and those who are worthy.  We thus thank God right at this very moment for the strength and the inspiration to write. We also testify of his healing power and trust that we will have on-going faith that God will never leave nor forsake us.

 

Meanwhile it is revealed that God who is a jealous God will not allow such favors upon those who do not give Him credit for His blessings. For another good word here turn with us to the New Testament and the Book of James.

 

James 4: 6: “But he giveth more grace.  Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

 

Here we suggest that you read all of the verses prior to our primary verse and the verses that follow to get a good understanding of what James teaches at this place. James offers at this place a consoling remark due to his previous comments. “He giveth more grace (or favors).” Thus in order to profit by His grace it is necessary to be submissive. Therefore favor comes to the humble while the proud shatter their blessings in pride and self.

 

Cont. Part 11: Don’t Leave God In Love Or War

 

Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 8 August  2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.