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Whit Bit...you mentioned a great Bible study

Discussion in 'Prayer Wall' started by Devoted Warrior, Mar 3, 2002.

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  1. Devoted Warrior

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    In another thread, and I can't remember where.........:(

    You mentioned what sounded like an awesome Bible study....

    Is there a place you could post it? I think it was about Samson?

    I would love to share it with you.

    Peace & love of Christ,
    nancy :)
     
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  2. WhitBit

    WhitBit Mirror of His Heart

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    I will do that right now...It's the best attempt I've had to put one of my Bible study leader's AWESOME studies on paper...er, computer :) Be back in a sec with it...
     
  3. WhitBit

    WhitBit Mirror of His Heart

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    Most of us have heard the story of Samson and Delilah…How he finally told Delilah that he would become as weak as the next guy if someone shaved his head - and how she "called in a man" to do just that. But, I’ve recently discovered (through the help of my youth minister’s awesome Bible study) that the kiddie Sunday school lesson breezes past the main focus of this part of God’s Word, and we miss the message between the lines.

    First of all, why was Samson’s hair so important? Verse 17 says, "Finally, Samson told her his secret. ‘My hair has never been cut,’ he confessed. ‘for I was dedicated to God as a Nazarene from birth.’" The average Bible reader skims past that bit of information, but it knits up the entire several chapters leading up to Samson’s ruin (the parts we barely read, assuming it’s just historical tidbits). What on earth is a Nazarene, and what does that have to do with Samson’s hair?

    Numbers 6 goes over the laws of a Nazirite, which is someone "setting themselves apart to the Lord in a special way," (Vs. 2) the basic three restrictions for such a person are:

    a) They are to steer clear of wine, grapes, grapevines, grape leaves, vineyards, ANYTHING to do with wine or grapes. Period. (Vs. 3 & 4)

    b) They must not cut their hair, ever, as display of their total dedication to God (Vs. 5)

    c) They cannot under any circumstances go NEAR a dead body of any kind, not even of a mother or father that has passed away. (Vs. 7)

    And how did Samson measure up? Back to Judges :)

    Samson had spotted a cute Philistine chick in Timnah, a nearby city, and had asked his parents to "get her" for him (14:1-3) Even though, they objected to his choice of marriage material, since her relatives were pagans, they all made a journey to Timnah to talk to her parents. Along the way, "A young lion attacked Samson near the vineyards of Timnah." (Vs.5) WHOA! First clue. Not only are they headed to catch a gal that isn’t Godly material for a guy that is supposedly completely dedicated to the Lord, but Samson is also walking by a VINEYARD! (Ahem. Remember rule [a]) Strong Samson, under the power of the Spirit, rips the lion’s jaws apart and DOESN’T TELL HIS PARENTS. Pause a moment and consider…you see a lion, it growls, it’s huge and mean and angry, it jumps at you…and you grab it’s jaws and tear it apart "as easily as if it were a young goat." A LION. You kill a lion with your bare hands and tell NO ONE. Either Samson is the most unbearably modest guy mentioned in the Bible, or he KNOWS (Jews were taught the law extremely well…he knew the laws for Nazarenes) that he wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near that vineyard.

    Baby steps toward doom.

    Samson gets the wedding arranged with the Philistine gal and when he later returns, he sneaks a peek at the bones of the lion he killed; probably taking a moment to relive the victory only he gets to share. Inside the carcass is a beehive, where bees have made honey…so he takes some, eats it on the way to the wedding, and even gives some to his parents. (Vs. 8 & 9) But, once again, "He didn’t tell them he had taken the honey from the carcass of the lion." (Vs. 10) DING DING DING! Carcass? Not only was he, once again, back beside those forbidden vineyards, but he was also visiting, touching, and eating stuff off of a DEAD BODY (ahem. Rule ) What’s his problem? He knows better, since he doesn’t mention it to his parents, and it doesn’t even seem to bother him…he just keeps trekking to the wedding for a woman that has captured his focus away from God!

    My point?

    Samson didn’t fall unknowingly into the trap of ungodliness…his baby steps led him directly away from God and he sacrificed an awesome relationship, being totally committed to the Lord in every way and his amazing gift of strength for WHAT? Probably a little lust, disobedience, pride…and just to clue you in, he lost that little Philistine girl to his best man in the wedding anyway :) (Vs. 20) It wasn’t one big mistake that led to his destruction, but rather the deliberate distraction from focusing on God’s plan for his life. (geez…he was born to be Israel’s SAVIOR, to free the Israelites from the Philistines!! )

    What does God want us to learn??

    "Jesus replied, ‘the most important commandment is this: "Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your hear, all your soul, all your mind, and all your self."’" ~Mark 12:29-30

    We must start from the beginning making it a daily practice to devote ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus…Our actions can either set us free or become the death of us. That movie of questionable content or conversation of iffy subject matter may not be what sacrifices our relationship with the Father, but unchecked, it can lead to a snowball effect in our walk of faith with DISASTROUS consequences. Always be on guard for spiritual sand traps!

    "You may say, ‘I am allowed to do anything.’ But I reply, ‘Not everything is good for you!’ And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,’ I must not become a slave to anything!" ~1 Corinth. 6:12

    "And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." ~ Philippians 4:8
     
  4. WhitBit

    WhitBit Mirror of His Heart

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    lol...you asked for it :) *sorry it's so long!*
     
  5. Devoted Warrior

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    Dear Whit,

    I can't wait to print it off and read it.

    Thank you so much!

    Love
    nancy
     
  6. Devoted Warrior

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    Thanks again...it is great...lots of neat insights. I gave my 16 year old daughter a copy. She does heaps of bible studies and prayer groups each week.

    :)
     
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