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The Rise - Fall - and Rise of Samson or Trivial Pursuit

Judges 13:24-25; 16:4-5, 15-17, 19-20, 28-30 (HCSB)    Aug. 05, 2012

Introduction

       I do not know all that went into the title of the lesson by the Sunday School Board, but I think the title The Rise - Fall - and Rise of Samson or Trivial Pursuit is more appropriate than just Trivial Pursuit.


 

1.   Samson Rose . . Molded by the Lord. 13:24-25

       A.   Molded by the Lord and . . Blessed by Him. 13:24

       24 So the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson. The boy grew, and the LORD blessed him.

 

       B.   Molded by the Lord As He . . Began to Move Upon Him. 13:25

       25 Then the Spirit of the LORD began to direct him in the Camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.


       How could a baby like Samson become a special boy? It happened simply by the blessing of the Lord. As

Samson grew like all normal children it became obvious the Lord also began a mighty work in him. Many little boys imagine that they have unusual talents and power. It can be either a humbling and strengthening to go out and be among other young boys your age. A person will discover how much the Lord has gifted one or how much He is still at work in your life. It is a blessing to discover how the Lord gifted a person and made them somewhat different. Samson’s blessing was unusual strength.


 

2.   Samson Fell . . Misled by a Wicked Woman. 16:4-5, 15-17

       A.   Misled by a Women He . . Loved. 16:4

       4 Some time later, he fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the Sorek Valley.

 

       B.   Misled a Women who Believed . . Lies. 16:5

5 The Philistine leaders went to her and said, “Persuade him to tell you where his great strength comes from, so we can overpower him, tie him up, and make him helpless. Each of us will then give you 1,100 pieces of silver.”

 

       C.   Misled a Women who Faked Her . . Love. 16:15-16

15 “How can you say, ‘I love you,’” she told him, “when your heart is not with me? This is the third time

       you have mocked me and not told me what makes your strength so great!”

       16 Because she nagged him day after day and pleaded with him until she wore him out,


       It is interesting how the Bible says Samson fell in love with Delilah. You probably have heard it said it is not good to fall in love but to believe God led you to the person you grew to love. Obviously Samson’s love was unwise and with the wrong woman. She believed the lies of the Philistines and accepted the bribes that they dangled in front of her. She must have faked her love for Samson and never really had a deep love for him. Being tricked or mis-used in an affair of love has hurt many people. Samson certainly paid a price. If we are led into an emotional love relationship it will probably bring great hurt to us.


 

3.   Samson Fell Fooled by A Woman . . Mis-representing Her Love. 16:19-20

       A.   Mis-representing Her Love She . . Tantalized Samson to sleep. 16: 19

       19 Then she let him fall asleep on her lap and called a man to shave off the seven braids on his head. In this

       way, she made him helpless, and his strength left him.

 

       B.   Mis-representing Her Love She . . Tricked Samson. 16: 20

       20 Then she cried, “Samson, the Philistines are here!” When he awoke from his sleep, he said, “I will

       escape as I did before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him.


       Samson fell farther from the desires God had for his life as he believed the tricks Delilah was pulling on him. She found out what made him so strong and tricked and tantalized him into a deep sleep on her lap. He no doubt felt she loved him and that he could trust her. But when she woke him up he thought he could get rid of the Philistines as before, but he did not know the Lord had left him and so he did have his special God given power.


 

4.   Samson Rose by the Return of God’s . . Miraculous Power. 16:28-30

       A.   Miraculous Power Returned Through the . . Prayer of Samuel. 16: 28-29

       28 He called out to the LORD: “LORD GOD, please remember me. Strengthen me, God, just once more.

       With one act of vengeance, let me pay back the Philistines for my two eyes.”

       29 Samson took hold of the two middle pillars supporting the temple and leaned against them, one on his

       right hand and the other on his left.

 

       B.   Miraculous Power Returned Through the . . Pushing of Samuel. 16: 30

       30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” He pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the

       leaders and all the people in it. And the dead he killed at his death were more than those he had killed in his

       life.


       The final story about Samson is one of him rising through prayer. He asked God to return his power and . enable him with the power to perform an act of vengeance. Perhaps you recall the words of the Lord where He says, “Vengeance belongs to me. I will repay” Hebrews 10:30. As we look at this story we can say the Lord used Samson to repay the Philistines. This vengeance of the Lord began through the praying of Samson. He was willing to die and for his death to cause the death of more people than he ever accomplished in his life. Certainly his life had it’s rise and fall therefore we study about The Rise - Fall - and Rise of Samson or Trivial Pursuit. Amen? Amen!