Samson: A Study in Separation
JESUS CHRIST exhorted His followers of every generation to ''Go... into all the world.''
Yet, both the Old and New Testaments exhort God's people to ''Come out from among the'' (II Cor. 6:17).
The coming out preseeds the going forth in order to be equipped. The separation must preseed the sending.
John, the beloved, saidn, ''Do not love the world, nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him'' (I John 2:5).
James said, ''Don't you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world constitutes himself an enemy of God'' (James 4:4).
Some have taken this matter of separation to extremes. One extreme is isolation. We are not to isolate ourselves completely from lost persons or we could never reach and win them.
Another extreme is assimilation. Some are so concerned about associating with people of the world that they aradually accomidate the lost persons wishes and soon assimilate their values and life-style. When this happens the Christian distincites are lost.
Samson is a case study in separation. Unfortunately he is often an example of how not to respond. Samson occupies more column inches in the Bible than any of the judges over Israel.
I. (Judges 13:10 As we join the story we can't help but notice Israel still hasn't learned a basic lesson. This is their seventh cycle or Spiritual rebellion and falling away. This is the same song - seventh verse: sin, servitute, supplication, and salvation.
A. THE PLAYERS The Philistines were ''public enemy # 1'' in the time of Samson. These were descendants of the people of Philistia in the area of Greece on the Agean Sea. Around 1200 B.C. a sea force of them attacked Egypt and were defeated. They sailed back up the coast to the southern costal plain of Palestine where some of their kinsmen had settled earlier. These refugees establishe ...
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