Thursday 13th August 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Judges 14:1-18
Topic:- Did Samson Made Heaven Or Not 
Text:- Judges 14:3
One of the most popular stories in historic scriptures is that of Israelite Judge and deliverer Samson. Samson was renowned for his strength which he used to protect his fellow countrymen the Israelites and roll out unceasing nightmare for the chief enemies of his country, the Philistines.
- Samson’s Birth And Conception:
Samson’s birth was a miracle that happened when an Angel visited his parents, when they were in the fields. Manoah, who was Samson’s father, and his wife, had not been able to produce an issue during their marriage.
One day while Samson’s mother was in the fields alone, an Angel came to her. The Angel of God had brought a message. A child would be born by Samson’s mother.
And it was not going to be just any child but a very special one. God would use the child to deliver His people, the Israelites out of the hand of their enemies.
The Angel visited later when Manoah was around and gave the message again. The child to be born would be a Nazarite onto God. He would neither taste strong drink nor ever put a razor to his hair.
Soon Monaoh’s wife conceived and soon Samson was born. God had fulfilled the promise He made to Monaoh.
- A Life Of Wild Adventure:
Samson grew into a young man. By this time it was no longer a secret that he was special. At least the first time Samson’s specialty is revealed in the scripture is during an encounter with a lion. See Judges 14:5-18.
Samson at this time frequented the camp of his enemies, the Philistines. And it was there unfortunately that he would start off his life of immoral indulgences that would later lead to his downfall.
- A Philistine Wife For Samson:
Samson quickly found love among the Philistines. Soon he was in a passion tangle with a young Philistine lady that had snatched his fancy. He was frank to his parents. He wanted to marry the Philistine woman. See Judges 14:3.
Samson soon moved to wed his newfound sweetheart. As the marriage preparations carried on, Samson proposed a riddle to his Philistine in-laws.
If they reveal the meaning the riddle within seven days Samson would provide them with ” …thirty sheets and thirty change of garments.” If they failed to expand Samson’s riddle they would give the same to him.
Samson’s in-laws pressured his would-be wife, and she pressed her husband until he revealed the meaning of the riddle to her and she in turn told her people. Thus the in-laws revealed the riddle and Samson had to fulfil his part of the agreement.
- Dealing With The Philistines:
Samson soon had a quarrel with the Philistines, after his wife was given to another man. He set the farms of the Philistines ablaze by setting the tails of 300 foxes and letting them go into the fields of the Philistines.
The Philistines retaliated against Samson by burning Samson’s wife and her father. Samson took it further, by killing a great number of the Philistines. The Philistines came for Samson and he again slaughtered them in large numbers.
Prayer Point:- I refuse to die prematurely and untimely, and also with my enemies, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Have A Glorious Thursday!