Repentance

June 10, 2011 at 8:02 Leave a comment

Judges 13:4-5 (NIV)
4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean,
5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”

Samson was a Nazirite from birth but he lived his life for the flesh. He defended Israelites from the Philistines but fell in love with a Philistine girl called Timnah. The Philistines used Timnah to take Samson as a prisoner. They finally got him and they gorged his eyes out.

Judges 16:25-31 (NIV)
25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars,
26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.”
27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform.
28 Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “O Sovereign LORD, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”
29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other,
30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
31 Then his brothers and his father’s whole family went down to get him. They brought him back and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had led Israel twenty years.

Samson repented and asked God to renew his strength and he pushed the pillars apart, killing the ruling class. God will forgive you if you confess your sins and turn back to God. Samson is listed in Hebrews 11 as an Old Testament hero who lived by faith.

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