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March 19 - Morning

“His father and mother replied,
‘Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?’

But Samson said to his father,
‘Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.’ 

(His parents did not know that this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)

Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.”

-Judges 14:3-6

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Samson’s Potential Contrasted with His Pathetic Path of Passion into Philistia


God’s purpose for Samson was “to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.” It sounds as if God’s plan was for Samson to engage the Philistines in battle in order to break the yoke of bondage they had on Israel. But, when Samson grows up we see he is not interested in battling the Philistines, but instead is pursuing their beautiful woman. Yet, God’s purpose will be accomplished with whatever effort is given or whatever direction Samson, and Manoah, the father who raised him, take. Samson is never seen with an actual weapon and his life is filled with compromise, deceit and immorality. All of this leads to Samson’s pathetic life and untimely death, yet the Lord uses Samson for his purpose. But, we should realize, Samson did not have to live such a selfish, empty, disappointing life!

After the birth of Samson the story resumes, but not with a young warrior ready to fight the Philistines, but with a young man obsessed with Philistine women. It is explicitly forbidden in Exodus 34:16 and Deuteronomy 7:1-3 to marry the foreign woman. But, Samson, like the men of his generation, was compromising, sensual and selfish. If this is the best Samson can give the Lord, then the Lord will use it to accomplish his purpose for the text says, “…this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines…they were ruling over Israel.”

Samson has no idea of the potential available to him if he would walk with God, be obedient to God’s Laws, and allow the Spirit of God to move through him. Before Samson’s life is completely off track, the Lord gives him a demonstration of his potential physical strength intended to be used to drive the Philistines out of Israel. So, Samson is attacked by a lion on his way to meet the Philistine girl . Since the Philistines have disarmed the nation of Israel, Samson is himself unarmed. Standing alone, Samson faces sure death by mauling. Then the Lord demonstrates his intentions and his power through Samson’s bare hands. The lion roars and leaps, but Samson catches the lion and shreds it like paper. Samson’s potential is so much greater than the path he is heading down. But, once again, this generation lacks knowledge of the Lord and has no understanding of his revealed word, so they are left to perish at the whims of their emotions, the misdirection of false theology and their pursuit of sensual fulfillment.

  Christian Quote from Church History
""If you are going to walk with Jesus Christ, you are going to be opposed by everything in the world and by the great majority of evangelicals. You're going to be opposed."
- Paul Washer
Something to Ponder??

While debating against the Greek philosophy's influence in Christian thinking, Tertullian reasoned with the Gnostics who rejected the incarnation of the eternal Son of God in flesh because the physical world was evil and God was too holy to partake of the physical world and evil flesh. (The Gnostics thought the physical world was evil simply because it was the physical world):

"You Gnostics should not worry that, if He had been born and truly clothed Himself with man’s nature, He would have ceased to be God. You should not worry that He would lose what He was – while becoming what He was not. For God is in no danger of losing His own state and conditions.”
– Tertullian, 210 AD

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Palal (Hb) – Pray (Eng) – palal is the Hebrew word that means “to pray,” “to intervene,” “to mediate.” Palal refers to mediating or coming between two parties in order to help. In 1 Samuel 2:25 palal means mediate between two people. In Ezekiel 16:52 palal means make a judgment or a decision for two people with differing interests. One of the things Samuel did was palal continuously for Israel in 1 Samuel 12:23.


In Egypt, Joseph filled a well-known Egyptian position for Potiphar. It was a position common for owners of a large estate to have filled. It was called imy-r pr or “steward.”
(Details here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I know God's revealed plan? Do I know what God has created and called me to do?
Or, do I simply follow my passions and pleasures seeking the path of least resistance?
I will seek to know and fulfill God's plan and mission while I live a responsible and respectful life.
  "A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and whoever pours out lies will not go free."
- Proverbs 19:5
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Numbers 11 Judges 13 Deuteronomy 24-25
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

To be a good spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend

Minister to the lonely


BIOT, British Virgin Is, Brunei
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Details of the Babylonian conflict with Assyria in 609 BC that effected King Josiah and the messages of Jeremiah.
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This is a view inside the synagogue at Capernaum whose foundation dates to the New Testament times when Jesus spoke here in Mark 1:21-27.
(Details of this synagogue are here and here.)

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Capernaum Synagogue, Israel in Israel 
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