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Sunday AM Remix – 7.10.11

Another strong day as we continued in our series titled Heroes. In this series, we are revisiting many of the Bible Stories we’ve heard and even learned from a young age, to find that these were ordinary people that God did extraordinary things through and with. This week we looked at the life of Samson a HE-MAN with a SHE-WEAKNESS! Here are my notes from yesterdays time together.

 

HEROES
“Samson:  When You Have a Bad Hair Day”

Judges 13-16

* God made each of us differently! There are no cookie cutter Christians or cookie cutter experiences.

* The story of Samson, is different from the other stories we have looked at so far.  The others, God took someone weak and made them look strong through His strength.  With Samson, God takes someone strong and makes them weak to accomplish His greatest work.

* We must understand that it is not about our ability, it’s about our availability.

* If you are a child of God and prostitute Gods blessings, consequences will follow!

THREE BIG THINGS WE NEED TO SEE IN SAMSON’S LIFE

1.  Samson’s  SUPER START.

 “Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord handed them over to the Philistines, who oppressed them for forty years.   In those days a man named Manoah from the tribe of Dan lived in the town of Zorah. His wife was unable to become pregnant, and they had no children. The angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah’s wife and said, ‘Even though you have been unable to have children, you will soon become pregnant and give birth to a son. So be careful; you must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food.  You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and his hair must never be cut. For he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. He will begin to rescue Israel from the Philistines.’”             Judges 13:1-5 (NLT)

* Your giftedness doesn’t trump your need for Godliness.

* Many times God can’t use our strength because Satan is using our weakness.

* Reality: 1 out of 3 American couples deal with infertility.

– He had a divine PRONOUNCEMENT.

* Only 4 people in the Bible had a Public pronouncement of their birth.

– Jesus, Isaac, John the Baptist, & Samson

– He had dynamic PARENTS.

* It’s possible to have Godly Parents & have Godless Children.

 – He had a definite PURPOSE.

 * There were three things to a Nazarite Vow

– No razor could touch their hair.

– No touching of anything dead.

– No eating/drinking of anything made from grapes

2.  Samson’s MASSIVE MISTAKES.

– 3 Major Flaws of Samson:

    • SELF-INDULGENT

* Lack of self-control and discipline

“One day when Samson was in Timnah, one of the Philistine women caught his eye. When he returned home, he told his father and mother, ‘A young Philistine woman in Timnah caught my eye. I want to marry her. Get her for me.’   His father and mother objected. ‘Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry?’ they asked. ‘Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?’   But Samson told his father, ‘Get her for me! She looks good to me.’ His father and mother didn’t realize the Lord was at work in this, creating an opportunity to work against the Philistines, who ruled over Israel at that time.   As Samson and his parents were going down to Timnah, a young lion suddenly attacked Samson near the vineyards of Timnah. At that moment the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him, and he ripped the lion’s jaws apart with his bare hands. He did it as easily as if it were a young goat. But he didn’t tell his father or mother about it. When Samson arrived in Timnah, he talked with the woman and was very pleased with her.   Later, when he returned to Timnah for the wedding, he turned off the path to look at the carcass of the lion. And he found that a swarm of bees had made some honey in the carcass. He scooped some of the honey into his hands and ate it along the way. He also gave some to his father and mother, and they ate it. But he didn’t tell them he had taken the honey from the carcass of the lion.” Judges 14:1-9 (NLT)

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”  Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV)

* Samson’s name = Sun Light/Sunshine

* Even though his name meant Sunshine he lived like darkness.

* In every sin the DNA is pain.

    • HOT-TEMPERED

 * Anger, Resentment, Revenge.

“As his father was making final arrangements for the marriage, Samson threw a party at Timnah, as was the custom for elite young men. When the bride’s parentssaw him, they selected thirty young men from the town to be his companions.

Samson said to them, ‘Let me tell you a riddle. If you solve my riddle during these seven days of the celebration, I will give you thirty fine linen robes and thirty sets of festive clothing. But if you can’t solve it, then you must give me thirty fine linen robes and thirty sets of festive clothing.’  ‘All right,’ they agreed, ‘let’s hear your riddle.’   So he said: ‘Out of the one who eats came something to eat;out of the strong came something sweet.’   Three days later they were still trying to figure it out. On the fourth day they said to Samson’s wife, ‘Entice your husband to explain the riddle for us, or we will burn down your father’s house with you in it. Did you invite us to this party just to make us poor?’   So Samson’s wife came to him in tears and said, ‘You don’t love me; you hate me! You have given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.’  ‘I haven’t even given the answer to my father or mother,’ he replied. ‘Why should I tell you?’ So she cried whenever she was with him and kept it up for the rest of the celebration. At last, on the seventh day he told her the answer because she was tormenting him with her nagging. Then she explained the riddle to the young men.   So before sunset of the seventh day, the men of the town came to Samson with their answer:’ What is sweeter than honey?   What is stronger than a lion?’   Samson replied, ‘If you hadn’t plowed with my heifer, you wouldn’t have solved my riddle!’  Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. He went down to the town of Ashkelon, killed thirty men, took their belongings, and gave their clothing to the men who had solved his riddle. But Samson was furious about what had happened, and he went back home to live with his father and mother. So his wife was given in marriage to the man who had been Samson’s best man at the wedding.” Judges 14:10-20 (NLT)

* The Devil likes to put something sweet into something disgusting.

* There is always something sweet in the sin of the moment.

* Truly strong people can control/restrain their anger!

“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”  Proverbs 16:32 (NLT)

“People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.”  Proverbs 14:29 (NLT)

    • CARELESS 

“One day Samson went to the Philistine town of Gaza and spent the night with a prostitute. Word soon spread that Samson was there, so the men of Gaza gathered together and waited all night at the town gates. They kept quiet during the night, saying to themselves, ‘When the light of morning comes, we will kill him.’   But Samson stayed in bed only until midnight. Then he got up, took hold of the doors of the town gate, including the two posts, and lifted them up, bar and all. He put them on his shoulders and carried them all the way to the top of the hill across from Hebron… Samson replied, ‘If I were tied up with seven new bowstrings that have not yet been dried, I would become as weak as anyone else.’. . Afterward Delilah said to him, ‘You’ve been making fun of me and telling me lies! Now please tell me how you can be tied up securely.’   Samson replied, ‘If I were tied up with brand-new ropes that had never been used, I would become as weak as anyone else.’. . .

Then Delilah said, ‘You’ve been making fun of me and telling me lies! Now tell me how you can be tied up securely.’ . . .

Finally, Samson shared his secret with her. ‘My hair has never been cut,’ he confessed, ‘for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.’. . .

So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes. They took him to Gaza, where he was bound with bronze chains and forced to grind grain in the prison.”  Judges 16:1-3, 7, 10-11, 13, 17, 21 (NLT)

* Samson became so careless & comfortable that he didn’t realize God had left him.

* He Looked, Lusted, and fell in Love – this proves that you can fall in love with anyone, that’s why it’s so important to guard your heart.

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

* When you allow temptation to wear you down to will power, you are in trouble – sin is blinding, binding, and grinding

3.  SAMSON’S SECOND CHANCE.

“But before long, his hair began to grow back.”  Judges 16:22 (NLT)

“Then Samson prayed to the Lord, ‘Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.’  Then Samson put his hands on the two center pillars that held up the temple. Pushing against them with both hands, he prayed, ‘Let me die with the Philistines.’ And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people. So he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.”  Judges 16:28-30 (NLT)

* This is the first time we see Samson humble and repentant.

*Samson stood between to pillars with outstretched hands pushing against them. Very similar to the picture we see of Jesus on the cross with outstretched hands to be nailed for our sin.

* Samson died with his enemies! However, God did more through Samson’s weakness than Samson was able to do his whole life on his and in his own strength.

“How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.”  Hebrews 11:32 (NLT)

* Your failures do not have to define you, God is a God of second chances.

If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our new website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

As always, I hope you make plans soon to join us at FBC Harvester  next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service from our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can.

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