Daily Encouragement

May 2 – Samson’s Sad Story

May 2
Judges 15:1-16:31
John 2:1-25
Psalm 103:1-22
Proverbs 14:17-19

Judges 15:6 – What type of society says that property damage is worthy of the death penalty? Mosaic law provides for the death penalty in only one type of Eighth Commandment Sin – kidnapping (Theopolis Institute has a great analysis – however I’m not endorsing their Federal Vision Theology).

Judges 15:11 – Not only do the Philistines have their values flipped (property over people), but three thousand men of Judah know not who their ruler is. The Torah records in Exodus 15:18 that the LORD shall reign for ever and ever! The Philistines are not to reign over the Israelites per Deuteronomy 15:6.

Judges 15:15 – God provides in spite of Samson breaking his Nazarite vows.

V0034292 Samson carries the gates of Gaza up to the mount of Hebron.
Samson carries the gates of Gaza up to the mount of Hebron. Etching by J. Taylor after F. Verdier, 1698.

Judges 16:1 – Dave Benoit preached a great message on parenting from Samson.

  • Seeking the wrong type of wife (Judges 14:2)
  • Parents counsel was disregarded (Judges 14:3)
  • While a judge, goes to a harlot (Judges 16:1)
  • Doesn’t learn from Judges 14:17 (Judges 16:16)
  • Ends up buried by his parents (Judges 16:31)

John 2:1 – Jesus began his ministry quickly – after the temptation in the wilderness, he comes back by John the Baptist and takes Simon, Andrew, Philip, and Nathanael to Galilee, avoiding the hub of Jerusalem and settling into the Galilee.

John 2:8 – Jesus takes over the job of the ruler (King), in a few verses he cleanses the temple as priest (John 2:17), and then prophesies of his death (John 2:19).

Psalm 103:1 – This verse is set to music in a familiar tune (CBC Choir Opener version, Gaither version) followed by a verse from 1 Samuel 12:24 and other passages. SoundForth’s song “From Everlasting to Everlasting” is based on Psalm 103.

Proverbs 14:17 – Interesting word study on anger – God has a right (or perhaps a responsibility) to be angry.

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