July 20, Reading 1 – Judges 14, 15


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SAA Notes

Samson is the Judge who marries outside the Faith. This is a tragic history, yet we see God’s grace. He keeps His promises to Abraham, Isaac and to Jacob! He is faithful even though Israel and her judge are not! It is the Lord Jesus who is not overcome by our darkness but who overcomes it.

SJA Notes

* Dear God, vindicate us, defend our cause – You are the God in whom we take refuge.

“His father and mother did not know that it was from the LORD, …”

Samson was choosing foolishness, marrying outside of Israel.

His basis was – “… For she is right in my eyes.”


This is more of ME and less of JESUS.

This is the world that John mentions in 1 John 2, the lust of the eyes.

Bug God was working through the broken strong-man to bring about hope for His people.

A limited and frail anti-hero, pointing to the need for a better, greater, more excellent Messiah/Saviour.

Samsons acts out of his passions, he gives r4eign to his emotions. His lust, his stubbornness, his pride and anger.

And yet we read – The Spirit of the Lord rushes on this man, causing destruction to the enemies of God’s people.

What have we to do but praise God that we have a better judge than Samson!

As we continue to be reminded and see in God’s word – Jesus, a better saviour. One who is perfect, who acts not of His own accord, but submits under the will of His Father.

* Gracious God,

Thank You for Jesus, a better judge than Samsons by far – The only true and real saviour that could deal with our sin.

Please help us to flee from evil, to resist the devil, the put away our selfish pride and arrogance.

Please help us be more like Jesus today.


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