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Series: Samson: A Life of Strength and Weakness
1. THE PEOPLE DELIVERED BY GOD
a) They Had Been Brought Out of a Life of Bondage
b) They Had Been Brought Into a Life of Blessing
2. THE PEOPLE DISCERNED BY GOD
a) The Repulsiveness of Their Evil
b) The Repetition of Their Evil
3. THE PEOPLE DISCIPLINED BY GOD
a) The Means of Chastisement
b) The Motive of Chastisement
1. The wise man Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 7:8, "Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof." In other words, it is better to end well than start well. The American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow expressed the same thought in the words, "Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending." It is not how we leave the starting gate that matters the most. It is how we cross the finish line.
2. Today I want us to begin looking at the life of Samson. His beginning was with so much promise and potential. With the kind of start he had, Samson would have been the one voted most likely to succeed. He started well, but the end was marred by so much of the promise and potential of his life unrealized and unfulfilled. Samson reminds us that it is better to end well than start well.
3. Charles Spurgeon said, "Samson is, in many respects, one of the most remarkable men whose history is recorded in the pages of inspiration." Indeed, Samson is, in many respects, a remarkable man. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of Samson's life, the feature for which he is best known, was his strength. His strength was of such measure that he could kill a lion with his bare hands, slay a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey, and could lift massive pillars and gates from their foundation and carry them miles away.
4. Yet, in spite of his remarkable strength, he was a man of remarkable weakness. He could conquer others, but he could not conquer himself. He could slay the enemy without, but he could not slay the ...
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