by Stan Coffey

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Dr. Stan Coffey
Judges 16:4-31

Samson was a gifted leader. He was the head of his country and the judge in Israel. Yet he was brought down by his own lust. The mighty Philistine army could not bring him down. In fact, he killed a thousand of them at one time with no weapon other than the old bleached dry jawbone of a donkey. But what the Philistines could not do, his lust did: he was brought down by a woman. This is not the only time. He has a recurring weakness in his life. He seems to learn nothing from history. Of course, you've heard that saying, and it's true, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So he hasn't learned from the past experiences he's had with Philistine women, and so in this lesson he meets a woman whose name you will recognize - Delilah. All of us have heard the story of Samson and Delilah and how Samson gets his hair cut in the devil's barbershop.We looked at Samson's special service. Samson was a Nazarite. A Nazarite was one who was dedicated to God's service, one whose hair could not be cut, no razor could touch his hair, one who could not drink strong drink, one who was not allowed to touch a dead body of any kind, because that would make him ceremonially unclean and unfit for the service of God. We looked at Samson's supernatural strength on several occasions, how he was able to defeat the Philistine army single-handedly, how he was able to take the gates of Gaza, the capitol city of the Philistines, lift them out of the ground, put them on his shoulders, carry them to the top of a mountain and set them on top of a mountain. He was an amazing, amazing super hero. He had tremendous strength.

Then we looked at his struggle between the flesh and the spirit. Samson's strength came from God. In fact, just prior to every mighty act that Samson did, the Bible will say, "The Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson." This lets us know ...

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