[bible1year] Devotional comments on Judges 13-16

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 16 Mar 2015 11:51:04 -0000
MARCH 16

        Who was to be Israel's deliverer from the Philistines? Even 
before his birth, God had appointed Samson, a Nazarite, to 
accomplish this task. God endowed him with superhuman strength.

        Chapter 14 covers Samson's early exploits, and in this 
chapter he takes the first step to compromise his Nazarite vow. He 
went down to a Philistine city, where he fell into temptation. 
However, the Lord overruled Samson's mistake to show His power. The 
Spirit of God came upon him and he tore a lion to death with his 
bare hands. But while Samson did exploits and seemingly conquered 
Satan, he was falling prey to the wiles of Satan in becoming 
infatuated with the Timnite woman.

        Three Philistine women plagued Samson, stripped him of his 
spiritual power, and finally accomplished his ruin--the Timnite 
woman, the harlot of Gaza, and Delilah, who was the instrument of 
Samson's downfall.

        Delilah was cunning and subtle in her ways and finally, with 
deliberate flattery, persuaded Samson to tell her the secret of his 
strength. The secret, of course, was Samson's Nazarite separation to 
God. When his hair, the badge of his Nazarite separation, was shaved 
off, his strength departed. As a result, he was taken captive by the 
Philistines, lost his eyesight, was enslaved by Philistinism, became 
a scandal and a means of glorifying a pagan god instead of the Lord, 
and became the object of Philistine ridicule and a religious clown.