The Sunday School Lesson Samson, The Unstable Strongman by David McGee
Apr 02, 2017
Samson, The Unstable Strongman (39:55)
Referenced Scriptures: Judges 13:1-14; Judges 16:1-31
The modern Penecostal movement was born among the poor and the powerless more than a century ago. From the hills and farms of Appalachia came the Church of God and from an abandoned building in Los Angeles came the Azusa Street revival. Today Pentecostalism is the fastest-growing segment of Christianity in the world, numbering over 600 million adherents. In America, Pentecostal pastors no longer wear threadbare suits, and our churches are no longer housed in abondoned buildings and temporary tents. We have grown, and in some places we have grown rich.
Unfortunately, growth and prosperity present new temptations that are just as dangerous as those presented by weakness and poverty. We should pay close attention to the dire warning Jesus spoke to the large and prosperous church in Laodiciea.
The scriptures below are from the WEB Bible.
1) The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh; and Yahweh delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
2) There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and didn‘t bear.
3) The angel of Yahweh appeared to the woman, and said to her, See now, you are barren, and don‘t bear; but you shall conceive, and bear a son.
4) Now therefore please beware and drink no wine nor strong drink, and don‘t eat any unclean thing:
5) for, behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb: and he shall begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
6) Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came to me, and his face was like the face of the angel of God, very awesome; and I didn‘t ask him whence he was, neither did he tell me his name:
7) but he said to me, Behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
8) Then Manoah entreated Yahweh, and said, Oh, Lord, please let the man of God whom you did send come again to us, and teach us what we shall do to the child who shall be born.
9) God listened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah, her husband, wasn‘t with her.
10) The woman made haste, and ran, and told her husband, and said to him, Behold, the man has appeared to me, who came to me the [other] day.
11) Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, Are you the man who spoke to the woman? He said, I am.
12) Manoah said, Now let your words happen: what shall be the ordering of the child, and [how] shall we do to him?
13) The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, Of all that I said to the woman let her beware.
14) She may not eat of anything that comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; all that I commanded her let her observe.
1) Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a prostitute, and went in to her.
2) [It was told] the Gazites, saying, Samson is come here. They compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, [Let be] until morning light, then we will kill him.
3) Samson lay until midnight, and arose at midnight, and laid hold of the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and plucked them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of the mountain that is before Hebron.
4) It came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
5) The lords of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, Entice him, and see in which his great strength lies, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will each give you of us eleven hundred [pieces] of silver.
6) Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, Please, in which your great strength lies, and with which you might be bound to afflict you.
7) Samson said to her, If they bind me with seven green cords that were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as another man.
8) Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green cords which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
9) Now she had liers-in-wait abiding in the inner chamber. She said to him, The Philistines are on you, Samson. He broke the cords, as a string of tow is broken when it touches the fire. So his strength was not known.
10) Delilah said to Samson, Behold, you have mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, Please, with which you might be bound.
11) He said to her, If they only bind me with new ropes with which no work has been done, then shall I become weak, and be as another man.
12) So Delilah took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said to him, The Philistines are on you, Samson. The liers-in-wait were abiding in the inner chamber. He broke them off his arms like a thread.
13) Delilah said to Samson, Hitherto you have mocked me, and told me lies: tell me with which you might be bound. He said to her, If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web.
14) She fastened it with the pin, and said to him, The Philistines are on you, Samson. He awakened out of his sleep, and plucked away the pin of the beam, and the web.
15) She said to him, How can you say, I love you, when your heart is not with me? you have mocked me these three times, and have not told me in which your great strength lies.
16) It happened, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, that his soul was vexed to death.
17) He told her all his heart, and said to her, "No razor has ever come on my head; for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother‘s womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will go from me, and I will become weak, and be like any other man."
18) When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he has told me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and brought the money in their hand.
19) She made him sleep on her knees; and she called for a man, and shaved off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
20) She said, The Philistines are on you, Samson. He awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free. But he didn‘t know that Yahweh had departed from him.
21) The Philistines laid hold on him, and put out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison-house.
22) However the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaved.
23) The lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, Our god has delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.
24) When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said, Our god has delivered into our hand our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, who has slain many of us.
25) It happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. They called for Samson out of the prison-house; and he made sport before them. They set him between the pillars:
26) and Samson said to the boy who held him by the hand, Allow me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house rests, that I may lean on them.
27) Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were on the roof about three thousand men and women, who saw while Samson made sport.
28) Samson called to Yahweh, and said, Lord Yahweh, remember me, Please, and strengthen me, Please, only this once, God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
29) Samson took hold of the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and leaned on them, the one with his right hand, and the other with his left.
30) Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. He bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell on the lords, and on all the people who were therein. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than those who he killed in his life.
31) Then his brothers and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying-place of Manoah his father. He judged Israel twenty years.
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