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March 19 - Evening

“Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, ‘Don’t you realize that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?’

He answered, ‘I merely did to them what they did to me.’

They said to him, ‘We’ve come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.’

Samson said, ‘Swear to me that you won’t kill me yourselves.’

‘Agreed,’ they answered. ‘We will only tie you up and hand you over to them. We will not kill you.’

So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock. As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.”

- Judges 15:11-15

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Samson's Motivation is Self, Not the Lord or Israel    

Samson is not fighting for love of country or out of devotion to the Lord, instead he is retaliating for personal reasons and seeking revenge for personal insults. Mighty warriors of God, such as Joshua and David, fought for a purpose and a plan that originated with the Lord and climaxed in security for the Lord’s chosen people. Not so Samson. It is never about the Lord or Israel. Even in his death Samson’s last words were self-centered and focused on revenge for a personal wrong when he said,

“O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” – Judges 16:28

But, whatever the motivation Samson used to get the job done, the Lord accomplished his purpose when,

“Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.” – Judges 16:30

Samson was merely a man completely overcome with the values, morals, theology, self-will and sensual pursuits of the men of his culture. The men of Israel around 1150 BC were compromisers who just wanted peace whatever the cost. If they were men from the generatino that followed Joshua and Caleb into the Promised Land they would have sided with Samson and driven the Philistines into the sea.

Instead, the men of Judah (Israel’s warrior tribe) considered Samson a nuisance who was upsetting the compromised balance they had with their oppressors. When the Philistines marched out to attack Israel because of Samson’s escapades, the men of Judah (again, Israel’s warrior tribe) quickly negotiated an alternative to hand to hand combat. The men of Judah agreed to arrest and hand Samson over to the Philistines. Instead of siding with their national deliverer who had been sent and anointed by the Lord, the entire culture wanted no involvement with the Lord’s deliverance of the nation from the hands of the Philistines.

  Christian Quote from Church History

""The early Church was married to poverty, prisons
and persecutions.
Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality,
and popularity."
- Leonard Ravenhill



Something to Ponder??

When addressing the issue of proper hermeneutics and interpretation of scripture Justin Martyr said in 160 AD:

"Since I am entirely convinced that no Scripture contradicts another, I will rather acknowledge that I do not understand what is written."
- Justin Martyr, 160 AD

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Thrix (Gr) – Hair (Eng) – thrix is a Greek word for “hair.” Thrix refers to camel’s hair in Matthew 3:4; Men’s hair in Mathew 10:30 and Luke 21:18; the Son of God’s hair in Revelation 1:14 and the hair on demon like beings in Revelation 9:8.


Revelation 1:9 states that John had been banished to the isle of Patmos (photos here; map here) because of “the word of God” and the “testimony of Jesus.” The isle of Patmos served as a location of banishment for the Romans. The island has a twenty-five mile circumference and a bare mountainous landscape. John was banished during the reign of Domitian (Son of Vespaian and brother of Titus, the destroyers of Jerusalem 68-70 AD).
(Details here)

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Is my motivation my own desires?
Is my motivation for life and success something bigger than myself?
I will live to serve the Lord and fulfill a bigger purpose than my own desires.
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