July 21, Reading 1 – Judges 16


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SAA Notes

Samson is not an example to follow in his morality and stupidity. His life’s story gives us hope that we too may find God dealing so with us. It gives us courage to yet hope in Him – not because of what or who we are, but because of what and who He is!

SJA Notes

* Mighty God Above, You have saved us from our great foes – sin, the devil and death – We boast in You, and give thanks to Your Name forever.

“Please tell me how you might be bound.”

We see here the outworking of Samson doing what was right in his own eyes.

Samson chooses folly instead of wisdom.

How many times did he get ambushed directly after telling Delilah the “secret” to his strength – Surely he would have put two and two together, surely he would know she was betraying him.

There’s a clue to his thinking in vs 20,

“And he awoke from his sleep and said, ‘I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.'”

Samson believed his own press, that his own strength would win the day.

He forgot or rejected God, the one who gives (and takes).

We are not strong in our own strength. If we start thinking like this, if we start doing what is right in our own eyes, we forget God.

But we can be strong in Jesus. His strength is what we need in our weakness. He is our redeemer, our righteousness. He is our rock and our king.

A far mightier strong-arm than Samson, by far!

* Father God,

Thank You for Jesus – Our shield and strength, our King and Saviour.

Please help our belief in You, that we might grow in our knowledge and understanding of who You are.

That You work Your strength through our weakness.


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