by Stan Coffey

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The High Cost of Low Living - Part 2 (7 of 10)
Series: Bringing America Back To God
Stan Coffey
Judges 14

Low living bears a high cost. Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. It is very subtle; it begins very small. Sin is like perhaps some kind of spider bite: you can barely feel the bite, but soon the poison begins to spread. What was just a little prick on your skin becomes a terrible boil. Then that boil spreads and begins to infect your entire body. You find yourself with a burning fever, and soon your whole body is affected. That's the way sin works. Samson is a study in how sin begins small but has a terrible, terrible effect. In the last lesson we began to look at Samson, who was the President, if you will, of Israel, he was the Judge of Israel. They didn't have a king, so they were called Judges. They were the leaders of Israel between the time of the death of Joshua until the time of the first king, King Saul. This is a period that you might call the dark ages in Israel's history, because the Bible says in this time, ''Every man did that which was right in his own eyes, and there was no king in Israel.''

During this time Samson was raised up. We saw that Samson had very godly parents. There were some very humble people who prayed for a child. Of course, in those days one of the great hopes of every Israelite woman was that she might be the one who would be the mother of the Messiah, the mother of a Savior who would deliver Israel from her enemies. She was sterile; it was impossible for her to bear a child. Yet God sent the angel of the Lord who said to her she would have a child who would be very special and become great and powerful, and he would govern the nation. Of course, Samson in that sense is an illustration of the Lord Jesus Christ, who would be miraculously conceived and born of a virgin and who would later come to be the one to be the true redeemer ...

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