Title: Part 4
Date: July 16-17, 2016
Speaker: Steve Garcia
Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived… Judges 2:18
Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, so the LORD delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years. Judges 13:1
You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines. Judges 13:5
Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. 2 When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.” Judges 14:1–2
Samson’s Criteria for a Wife – Must be attractive (end of list)
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28
The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.” Judges 16:5
With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it. Judges 16:16
Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him. Judges 16:20
21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison. 22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved. Judges 16:21–22
Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “Sovereign LORD, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. Judges 16:28–30
God will use me to WIN others or to WARN others!
· Who is someone with strength that you admire (physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, etc.)? Why?
· Read Judges 16:4-30
· How many times did Delilah try to trick Samson into revealing his secret strength?
· How did Delilah finally get him to tell his secret? (v. 16)
· What did the Philistines do with Samson? (v. 21)
· What was Samson’s last request of God? (v. 28)
· How does Samson’s story serve as a warning to others?
· In order to avoid a bad ending, how would you have coached Samson earlier in his life?
· How does the story of Samson challenge you personally?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?