By Design – Clueless!

Posted: February 23, 2011 in By Design

Sin Is Crouching At The Door And Its Desire Is For You   16:18-20

When Delilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all that is in his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and brought the money in their hands. And she made him sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his hair. The she began to afflict him, and his strength left him. And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.

This one sentence says so much, But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. Born with a pre-call on his life and detailed directions as to how to live out his life, with the purpose of beginning the delivery of an entire nation, bailed out by God several times and He didn’t know that the Lord had departed from him. Seems to me he had everything i have searched for, but i can honestly say i know or maybe i perceive when God is with me and when He may not be. Could be my own guilt or condemnation that determines that in my mind?

Delilah was delighted! She, the weak one, had mastered the strong one. She had his hair shaved off, but his strength was not in his hair. His hair was a symbol of his dependence on the strength of God, so when his hair was shaved off his Nazirite vow and covenant were cut. Samson said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free,” but he didn’t know that the Lord had departed from him. When the Spirit of God moved him, there was no task, no matter how hard, he could not accomplish. But by his own resources he was as strong and as fearful as a loaf of bread.

His parents had warned him about the Philistine women, and God bailed him out. He set out on a road of personal vengeance and his own people captured him, but God bailed him out. He went into a harlot and almost was captured again, but God bailed him out. He went to Delilah and he had three chances to get out, but God did not bail him out because he said to Samson, “Excuse me, is that what you really want? Then you can have it.” That’s the wrath of God. Sometimes i get involved in sin and because there is no thunder and lightning, i think i have gotten away with something. God is just seeing what i really want. He bails me out for a period and then He doesn’t bail me out any more. He lets me have it.

God is a loving God and he will warn me through his Word, he will warn me through his Spirit, and he will warn me through friends. But if sin is what i want, i can have it. He is a loving God. He doesn’t produce puppets.

Sin Is Crouching At The Door   16:21-27 Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes [those eyes that saw all those women. The first thing they go for is his eyes]; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains [right back to square one] and he was a grinder in the prison. However the hair of his head began to grow again after it was shaved off. Now the lords of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice, for they said, [read this carefully] “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hands.” When the people saw him, they praised their god, for they said, “Our god has given our enemy into our hands, Even the destroyer of our country, Who has slain many of us. ” It so happened when they were in high spirits [drunk as a hoot owl], that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may amuse us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he entertained them. And they made him stand between the pillars. Then Samson said to the boy who was holding his hand, “Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them.” Now the house was full of men and women, and all the lords of the Philistines were there. [on the ground floor] And about 3,000 men and women were on the roof looking on while Samson was amusing them.

The sin which was crouching at the door mastered Samson. The Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; they bound him; they imprisoned him. All these are pictures of what happens when sin masters me. It blinds me, it binds me, it holds me captive and i can’t get free. Life is dead and boring. So the Philistines had a feast and they mocked my God, while they praised theirs. Is there any hope? Samson cries out to the Lord. Verses 28-31:

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