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

“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 2:16, the lust of the eyes.

But 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.

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

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

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

We can be encouraged and strengthened in Jesus, taking hold of our passions, wrestling them into submission under God’s mighty will.

* Gracious God Above,

Samson shows us just how glorious Your work is through our broken behaviour, our frail characters. That You can work Your will through such a one as Samson points us all to our hope in You.

Thank You for Jesus, a better judge 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, to put away our selfish pride and arrogance, the temptation to give free reign to our desires.

Please help us be more like Jesus today and each day onwards.

Amen.

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