Sad Confessions from the Rock Team (12 of 17) by Ken Trivette

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Sad Confessions from the Rock Team (12 of 17)
Series: Samson: A Life of Strength & Weakness
Ken Trivette
Judges 15:9-12

Outline
1. THE CONFESSION OF A BOUND LIFE
a) A Life Dominated by Their Enemy
b) A Life Displeasing to Their Lord
2. THE CONFESSION OF A BITTER SPIRIT
a) The Germination of Bitterness
b) The Agitation of Bitterness
3. THE CONFESSION OF A BARREN SOUL
a) Their Alliance
b) Their Defiance

1. On one occasion Jesus said to the Pharisees, "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" (Matt. 12:34). Simply stated, Jesus was saying that what a man says and talks about is a tattletale of the heart. Whatever is in the heart is revealed by the mouth.

2. If a person's heart is full of Jesus, he or she will talk about Jesus. If a person's heart is full of the world, they will always be talking about the things of the world. If a person's heart is full of anger, hate, and revenge, they will speak negatively of others. If we will listen to a person talk, we will learn what is important to them. We will learn what they believe and how they feel.

3. As we continue looking at the life of Samson I want us to look at three statements that were made by those involved in the scene before us. I want to call these statements confessions because in making the statements they are making us aware of where they are spiritually.

4. The background to these statements in verse 8 where we read, "And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam." The expression "he smote them hip and thigh" was used in reference to a wrestler trip and beating on an opponent. It was a wrestler's metaphor for a vicious attack. How many Samson slew is not disclosed, but it was a "great slaughter."

5. Afterwards he retired to "the top of the rock Etam." The word "top" ...


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