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God and a Jawbone (13 of 17)
Series: Samson: A Life of Strength & Weakness
1. THE BATTLES A SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE REALIZES
a) The Desire of the Enemy
b) The Delight of the Enemy
2. THE BONDAGE A SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE REMOVES
a) Liberation from Helplessness
b) Liberation from Uselessness
3. THE BLESSINGS A SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE REAPS
a) A Triumphant Testimony
b) A Timely Testimony
1. The Sioux Indians used to have those who they referred to as Thunder Dreamers. These Thunder Beings, the Wakinyan, were called to walk a path different than those around them. They were expected to live and act in a way that was contrary to the accepted rules of behavior. In doing so a Thunder Dreamer sacrificed reputation and ego for the sake of the people. The famed Crazy Horse was a Thunder Dreamer which accounts for quietness and solitude that marked much of his life.
2. As we have seen in past studies, Samson was called upon by God to walk and act in a way different from those around Him. Even before he was born, he was appointed by God to be a Nazarite. For much of Samson's life he fell far short of his calling. His life in summary is the story of what could have been.
3. In the scripture before us we have one of the bright spots in a life otherwise marked by dark blots. This is one occasion where we must complement Samson for his actions. The scene before us shows what the whole of his life could have been if only he had walked according to his Nazarite vows and his divine calling.
4. In our last study we saw how the three-thousand men of Judah came to him with the intention of delivering him into the hands of the Philistines. They said to him, "We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines" (Judges 15:12a). Up to this point, Samson has acted and reacted in ways that were carnal and selfishly motivated, but his response to the men of Judah is to his credit.
5. He r ...
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