Friday 14th August 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Judges 16:1-31
Topic:- Did Samson Made Heaven Or Not 
Text:- Judges 16:4
- Meeting Delilah:
Samson’s continued his life of base debauchery, and immorality even visiting harlots. He soon met a Philistine woman named Deliliah.
He carried on with his relationship with Delilah, though they never married. This relationship was what paved the path for his downfall at the end.
- The Grand Plan Of The Philistines And Samson’s Fall:
The Philistines, enemies of Israel and also Samson, spotted an opportunity in the ungodly relationship that Samson had forged with one of their own.
They capitalized and offered to pay Delilah off if she could extract the secret of Samson’s extraordinary strength from him.
Delilah accepted the offer and pressed her lover for his secret. Samson soon gave in to Delilah’s onslaught and spilled everything out. If his hair were shaved, he would be like any other man.
Soon Samson was asleep on Delilah’s lap, who worked on him with a razor until Samson’s scalp was free of hair.
The Philistines had triumphed. Samson was taunted and then captured. His eyes were plucked and he was committed to prison.
- Samson’s Revenge And Death:
The Philistines were celebrating because a national threat had been eliminated. Meanwhile, Samson, blind, laboured in prison.
The Philistines threw a celebration party and at the height of merriment, Samson was brought, and his enemies enjoyed themselves by making fun of him.
Samson whispered to the little boy that guided him to help him rest his hands on the pillars that held the house. He then exerted his strength and collapsed the building on himself and his enemies.
Three thousand Philistines died in the incident including Samson. Infact Samson took out more of his enemies at his death more than during his life.
- Opinion About Samson:
The main purpose of this article is to settle the question whether Samson made heaven or not. I would say yes, Samson is in heaven. I will present you the proof.
a. Judges 16:28 reads, “Then Samson prayed to the Lord,(AM), Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge(AN) on the Philistines for my two eyes.”
b. The above scripture suggests that Samson made heaven. Sure enough, by the lifestyle he led while alive he deserved Gods judgement, but he repented his sins by that last-minute prayer he made.
c. Remember God says in the Bible, that, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” See Romans 10:13.
d. So it means God heard the prayer of Samson and he died as a righteous man.
e. Remember the thief on the cross got saved at the last minute when he asked Jesus for forgiveness.
f. He was named among the patriarchs of faith in the Bible. See Hebrews 11:32-34.
- Key Lessons From Story:
- A low, base, and careless life always leads to one misfortune or the other.
- Be very careful when forging marriage relationships. A mistake in marriage can ruin your future and destiny.
- God can grant last-minute forgiveness to anyone who asks.
- If you must have anything to do with your enemies, be careful. Samson’s careless attitude in the camps of the Philistines resulted in his destruction.
Prayer Point:- I refuse to die prematurely and untimely, and also with my enemies, in the name of Jesus Christ.