Unriddling the Riddle (10 of 17) by Ken Trivette

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Unriddling the Riddle (10 of 17)
Series: Samson: A Life of Strength & Weakness
Ken Trivette
Judges 14:15-20

a) Temptation is Common
b) Temptation is Certain
a) The Weakness that Temptation Attacks
b) The Will that Temptation Assaults
a) Disgusting Results
b) Disastrous Results

1. There is an old saying, "Feather by feather the goose is plucked." Over the course of our studies of the life of Samson we have seen him being plucked feather by feather. Degree by degree we have seen him going downhill spiritually. With each verse of Judges 14 the tragic direction of Samson's life has unfolded. There would be a few bright spots in Samson's life, but for the most part, his was a life of dark blots.

2. In our study today we see how the Philistine wedding guests solved the riddle Samson had given them. In our last study we looked at his riddle. It is found in verse 14: "Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness." The background of the riddle was when Samson killed the lion that attacked him in the vineyard of Timnath and his later return and finding honey in the carcass. In the giving of the riddle, Samson had made an expensive wager with his wedding guests. It was this expensive wager that drove the wedding guests to take certain actions to solve the riddle.

3. I want us to look at the actions and methods of the guests and glean a few lessons about the procedures and power of temptation. The Bible says in James 1:14-15, "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." We see the same principles at work in how the wedding guests gained understanding of the riddle.

4. It is said that Odysseus, of Trojan War fame, when forced to sail past the dangerous rocks of the Sirens, stuffed the ears of his men wi ...

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