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When Samson Brought the House Down (17 of 17)
Series: Samson: A Life of Strength and Weakness
1. THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION
a) The Dishonor Samson Brought to His Lord
b) The Disgrace Samson Brought to His Life
2. THE PERSONAL RESTORATION
a) The Possibility of Restoration
b) The Process of Restoration
3. THE POWERFUL VINDICATION
a) Judgment on the Government of the Philistines
b) Judgment on the God of the Philistines
1. We have now come to the closing scene in the life of Samson and the end of our studies of his life. Our study has been a series of up's and down's. As I have said in the past, his is a life of bright spots and dark blots. Unfortunately, there have been more dark blots than bright spots. In Judges 16:31 it is stated that Samson ''judged Israel for twenty years'' (cp. 15:20). The Scripture does not disclose all his acts during those twenty-years, so perhaps there are more bright spots. It would seem that the record God has given us of his life is to provide more lessons from his failures than his successes. If this is the case, there is certainly much to learn from his failures.
2. To sum up what we have seen and learned about Samson, let me share with you Adam Clarke's summary of his life: ''Samson was a man of a little mind, a slave to his passions, and the wretched dupe of his mistresses. He was not a great though he was a strong man; and even his muscular force would have been lost, or spent in beating the air, had he not been frequently under the impulse of the Divine Spirit. He often got himself into broils and difficulties from which nothing but supernatural interposition could have saved him.''1
3. Samson was a weak strong man. Through his great physical strength, he could defeat the enemy around him, but in his spiritual weakness he could never defeat the enemy within him. There were moments when he walked in the Spirit, but for the most part, he walked in the flesh. When w ...
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