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Series: Bring Back the Glory
Dr. Adrian Rogers
Judges 13:24 8-21-94
Take God's Word and find if you will the book of Judges chapter 13. Judges chapter 13 and look with me if you will in verse 24. It speaks of a mother and it says this, "And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him." She held in her arms the baby for which she had prayed. As a matter of fact it was a baby that God had promised. They were so excited about this child because they knew that this child was to be a special child and she gave him a special name. She called him Samson. Do you know what the name Samson means? It means sunshine, sunshine. That's what the name means. I have little doubt that what she called him Sonny. And maybe when she held him in her arms and rocked him she sang to him. Maybe she sang the counterpart of You Are My Sunshine.
What a blessing this little boy was. What a heritage he had. As a matter of fact, he was to be a Nazarite. Look if you will as to what God said about him in verse 5. "And lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines." What did it mean to be a Nazarite? Well, the word Nazarite means different, separated. This child was to be set aside for God and, as the sign that he was to be set aside for God, he was not to drink wine or anything intoxicated. Number two, he was not to touch any dead thing. Number three, he was to let his hair grow. No razor was to ever come upon his head because his long hair was the sign that he was to be different. He was to be set aside. He was a man anointed with the Spirit of God and had tremendous strength. Entire armies would tremble at his presence. One day this man slew one thousand of God's enemies, the Philistines, with a whited bone from the field. On another occasion he took the city gates of Gaza, posts and gates and all, put them on his back and carried them up a hill and left them there. On another occasion, a lion roared against young Samson. Samson, with the power of God on him, put his arm around that lion's neck, reached his hand down that lion's throat, grabbed the lion by the tail and jerked him inside out. Ha ha, something like that, not exactly like that. But actually, the Bible says this, that he took that mighty lion as though he were a young goat and with his bare hands he destroyed that lion. This man was strong.
What was the secret of his strength? I mean, when you think of Samson what do you think of? The incredible hulk? He wasn't that way. I mean, had you seen Samson you would not have known that he was that strong. He didn't have mountains of muscles and bulging biceps. Say Pastor, how do you know? Well, why did Delilah keep asking for the secret of his strength? If he'd been li ...
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