Turning the Foxes Loose (11 of 17) by Ken Trivette

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Turning the Foxes Loose (11 of 17)
Series: Samson: A Life of Strength & Weakness
Ken Trivette
Judges 15:1-8

Outline
1. THE RAGE HE SHOWED
a) The Actions of His Anger Were Uncontrolled
b) The Actions of His Anger Were Unchangeable
2. THE REVENGE HE SOUGHT
a) The Feelings He Vented
b) The Feelings He Voiced
3. THE RESULTS HE SUFFERED
a) The Defilement of His Life
b) The Death of His Wife

1. There was this certain Quaker whose patience was being pushed to the limits. Quakers, as you know, are known for being passive. He was milking a cow. He got about half through when she kicked over the bucket of milk. He quietly shook his head, picked up the bucket and started again. He had just about finished when she picked up her foot and deliberately put it in the bucket. He got a clean bucket and started again. This time she took her tail and swished it in his face. He quietly got up and walked around in front of the cow and said, "Thou knowest that I am a Quaker, thou knowest I cannot lose my temper. But if you don't stop, I am going to sell thee to a Baptist and he will beat the devil out of you."

2. There are times when we want to get even, times when we want to retaliate. When people do us wrong and mistreat us, if we are not dead to self and where we ought to be with the Lord, our natural reaction is to get even. When we are hurt we want the one that hurt us to hurt as well.

3. As we continue looking at the life of Samson we see him retaliating against those who did him wrong. John Butler in his book on Samson wrote: "Samson was one person you did not want to cross unless you wanted to experience some dire retaliatory consequences." In the scene before us we see him turning the foxes loose as an act of revenge and retaliation.

4. I draw your attention to his words in verse 7, "Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease." The word "avenged" speaks of a person holding a grudge and taking vengeance. Samso ...


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