Judges 16:20-22; Romans 6:14-16
INTRO. A story of tragedy because of what God raised him up to be and what he could have been. God's people in bondage (v. 1) They did evil ''again'' in the sight of the Lord.
God raised up a deliverer (v. 3-5) He came from the commitment of purity. ''No strong drink, no unclean food (of parents and of child) God raised up his will out of this kind of background then and now!
God received the glory - They sought to honor the messenger (v. 15) but instead the angel of the Lord called for an offering to the Lord (v. 16).
God fulfilled his promise out of bareness - a barren nation, a barren womb. Yet God caused it to be! (But God - Book of Acts, for He is well able.)
Three ways the world has viewed Samson's life.
1. Hebrew folklore. Along with a collection of giants, heroes, demigods, they have produced remarkable parallel to Samson's exploits, Out of Atlas, Cyclops, Hercules.
2. A pattern of Jesus Christ - a type. They have selected texts out of Samson's extraordinary history, and have suppended excellent N.T. sermons on these adapted texts (hanging great weights on small wires.) One is a mythical way, the other a mystical way.
3. Paul's way - which he takes with Samson and all other judges, patriarchs, and kings and all great men of O.T. times! Paul's words speak. ''For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope,'' and again, ''All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.'' and again, ''Now, all these things happened unto them for examples, and they are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come. Therefore, let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall,'' and again, ''Therefore, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside e ...
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