Wednesday, 20th January 2021
When we hear about Samson, we know he’s a strong man. But not only he was the 12th Judge of Israel, but also the first Judge God had chosen before he was born. He was chosen by God from the very beginning, so what was his destiny?
In Judges 13 we knew about Samson’s destiny to save the Israelites out of the hands of the Philistines. His mother knew about it before he was born, because the Angel of God already revealed to her. But she didn’t share the God-destined “being” of the child with her husband, instead she only shared about all the “doing” they had to carry out for this child. So, we can see Samson was brought up in a confusion, he did not know why he couldn’t drink wine or touch dead body, he only knew it was forbidden for him. When we live in a ‘doing’ mode, we will live a confused and twisted life.
Section One: V1-4 Indulge in Lust Then Forget About Destiny
God chose and prepared Samson to save the Israelites out of the hands of the Philistines, but when he went to Timnah from Zorah, he did not see the hardship of the Israelites being oppressed, what he saw was the beautiful woman. Samson lived in his lustful desires not in his destiny, because his parents did not educate him to be a true Nazarite. His parents only told him what he should do and what he should not do, they didn’t tell him the truth and the Word of God. They gave Samson a choice, but without the backup of the Word of God, they were only talking about the teaching of people not the teaching of God.
God valued Samson, even making his mother live the life of a Nazirite from the time of conception, but the parents forgot about God and the destiny given for them after getting what they wanted – a child.
Section Two: V5-9 Indulge in Lust Then Lose Identity
Samson’s parents allowed Samson to do whatever he pleased; they did not teach him to set his life apart for God as a Nazarite and allowed him to live in lustful desires all his life. When God raised us to be leaders, do we lead, or are we led by others? Do we have the courage to confront those under our authority when they go astray? When we as authority do not walk in God’s will, the people who follow us will walk in their own desires.
God had mercy on Samson, when he faced the lion, the Spirit of God went upon him and gave him strength. Samson did not know the gifts he had but when trouble came, God activated this gift for him.
However, after he killed the lion, he ate the honey inside the dead body. It seemed that Samson didn’t know that he should not come close to dead body, he lived in a life of lustful and selfish desires, he didn’t know who he was. We also need to let the people following us know their God-given destiny, lest they live in a lost life.
Section Three: V10-20 Without Destiny, One Becomes Headstrong
The father of Samson did not stand in the position of the authority, he went to the people of Philistines along with Samson. In the wedding, Samson posed a riddle, which was so difficult that arouse the anger of the Philistine and they threatened to kill his wife’s family. When we choose to live by our own lustful desires, we may bring disasters upon us and our family. Samson thought he was strong and unbeatable, but he did not live in the truth and the right teaching, so he made one mistake after another, and brought harm to his wife and her family.
Samson did not honour his parents and he did not love his wife. God still had mercy on Samson and once again His Spirit came mightily upon him so that he was not oppressed by the Philistines, because God’s heart was to deliver Israel from the Philistines. When the Philistines guessed his riddle, Samson killed 30 people. After that he was so angry that he left his wife. Samson did not leave his parents, and his parents never taught him, they allowed him to live in lustful desires. Because of what he did, Samson’s wife was given to one of Samson’s companion.
When we live in our sinful desires, we will be lost, we will fall, and we will go away from God. So we must know, without the teaching of our destiny and direction, we will be in confusion. Only when we understand who we live for then we will not be lost in this world and to be set apart from the world.
We saw that when Samson’s parents did not raise their children in faith, their parent-child relationship was in chaos, not taking up the identity of a Nazirite and forgetting their destiny. Samson was driven by lust, and he made mistakes when not standing in the right position. Lord, please reveal our inner desires and help us align with You. We pray for the light of the Holy Spirit to shine upon us, so we can restore a healthy life, and find our being, not doing. Only by You can we find our way. Help us receive the truth, courage, and stand in the right position when shepherding and teaching others. May the Lord have mercy on us so that we will no longer wander in lust. You are a wonderful God, please prepare us! In the name of Jesus Christ, we rebuke all that hinders us, and all that is of our flesh must be submitted to Jesus’ feet. Help us stand in the right position and walk the path of the Cross. Bless brothers and sisters to get closer and closer to God during this journey!
今天这一章讲的是一个传奇人物 – 以色列第十二个士师 参孙。他是耶和华所拣选的。神跟他的妈妈说过这孩子的命定是“起首拯救以色列人脱离非利士人的手”（13:5b)。参孙的妈妈没有告诉丈夫这个孩子的命定(being)，却只是讲他要做的事情(doing)。因此，参孙的成长在一个混乱中，他不知道为什么他不可以饮酒，不可以沾染死尸，只知道他要守这些规矩。在这样的环境里成长，人就活在混乱、扭曲里。
1-2，参孙离开自己居住的锁拉去到亭拿 – 本来神拣选参孙是要他救以色列人脱离非利士人，但当他在亭拿的时候看到的不是神看到的。神看到的是以色列人活在非利士人的压制下，而参孙看见的是情欲。他不知道自己的命定，因他父母只知道他要做一个拿细耳人。当全家人都活在一个doing的模式里，人的心不会真的顺服。
我们看见当参孙的父母没有在信心中教养孩子，他们的亲子关系就发生混乱，没有拿起拿细耳人的身份，忘记自己的命定。参孙被情欲掌控，没有站对位置就一错再错。求主显明我们里面的情欲，帮助我们能与你对齐，求圣灵的光来光照我们，恢复健康的生命，寻找我们的being, 而不是doing. 唯有靠你我们才找到方向。帮助我们在牧养教导的时候，领受真理、勇气，站对位置。求主怜悯我们，让我们不再在情欲里打转。你是有奇妙作为的神，求预备我们！奉耶稣基督的名，斥责一切拦阻我们的，所有属肉体的都要服在耶稣脚下。帮助我们站对位置，走在十字架的道路。祝福弟兄姐妹在这个寻找的过程中，越来越靠近神！