23 thoughts on “Judges lesson 27

  1. Truth-
    When The Spirit of the Lord fell upon Samson he performed great feats of strength. Without the Spirit of the Lord there was no power, no strength, and no feats.

    Without God we can do nothing.

  2. Yes, I agree with Rena and Tammy.
    Pastor Reggie told us that those 1,000 Philistines thought they had Samson when they saw that the 3,000 men of Judah had secured him and tied him up in ropes. But those ropes just dropped right off his hand like burnt flax. And those Philistines, he said, “just kept coming and Samson just kept killing them, and they just kept coming….and they just kept dying”…until Samson had killed 1,000 of them. Pastor Reggie assured us of God’s might and power in all this when he said, “I’m convinced God had a part!”

      1. Tammy, in answer to your your question, “God is God, isn’t He Debi?”, this scripture cam to mind: “Our God is in the heavens, doing as he chooses.” Ps. 115:3

  3. I went to bed with these words, “All things continue the way they have been since the beginning. The same things will be done that have always been done. There is nothing new in this life.” Ecclesiastes‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭ERV‬‬

    I awoke early to listen to this lesson since I was interrupted yesterday after the first few minutes which had me trying to understand the plight of women. To be very honest I had paused to listen to the emotional story given in the walls of American’s Congress of a US Senator. She, Senator Martha McSally of Arizona revealed she was raped while serving in the Air Force by a superior officer.

    I thought I would read Ecclesiastes 1 and 2 and find a rest in the night. Of course that is the chapters before the well loved Chapter 3.

    Now, here I am and rested ready to study this lesson , first our comments, to find a whole lot of killing and how good God is for this human slaughter by ONE man.

    I’m off to listen with these words tucked tightly in my eyes and ears, All things continue the way they have been since the beginning. The same things will be done that have always been done. There is nothing new in this life.” Ecclesiastes‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭ERV‬‬

    I will keep in mind my verse taken from the whole relates to the eye and ear as well. Great read in Ecclesiastes.

    1. Thanks for sharing the verses from Ecclesiastes, Sara. Lots to think on as I read the chapters you mentioned. Solom0n sure observed and thought deeply, possessed a lot of wisdom and then drew some conclusions. When I counted, he said : “is meaningless” 11 times in the first two chapters.
      He also said “What is wrong cannot be made right” (vs 15). So that sounds like the “revenge” you wrote about below can only have a wrong outcome.

      1. Revenge was alive and well in this account of history. And, it’s alive and well in our ongoing legacy to live and leave, you hit me I hit you twice as hard.

        And, why did I ever fall for turn the other cheek. Look the other way? And, I guess I didn’t get the message straight, it’s OK for you to _____ but not another.

        You are right Debi Solomon surely knew how to gain wisdom. But, did he live wisdom? I’m having a mind boxing match with Samson and Solomon. 🥊 🥊

    1. “Revenge! Revenge! Revenge!” And didn’t I hear Pastor Reggie say in the lesson…”what should she (Samson’s wife to be) have done instead of telling her people the answer to the riddle? She should have told Samson of the threat and he could have protected both her and her father.” Any thoughts on this?

      1. Tammy asked, any thoughts of Pastor Reggie giving what he thought might have been the best way to handle the riddle issue? My thought, hindsight is 20/20 vision….

      1. Tammy, I heard the same thing as you. My understanding was that Samson opened the door of opportunity from his victory of killing the 1,000 Philistines… and they could have…but they didn’t want to; they refused; they were “satisfied to live under the Philistines.”
        Makes me think about why we may settle for the status quo and not really want to come out from under bondage…you have to fight and that involves pain and effort.

  4. These lessons make me think of storm chasers. Sure dosent let me settle into a nice story and sleep tight. I’v weaved in and out of different books and thoughts. And, now I have a riddle also:

    “This decision is by the decree of the watchers,
    And the sentence by the word of the holy ones,
    In order that the living may know
    That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men,
    Gives it to whomever He will,
    And sets over it the lowest of men.’” [setteth up over it the basest of men.KJV]
    Daniel 4:17 NKJV

    1. “And, now I have a riddle also:” I wonder if the footnotes for this verse would offer some insight? (NLT “One of the most difficult lessons to learn is that God is sovereign. He is above all of those who are above us. He limits the power and authority of all the government, business, and religious leaders in the world. Those who live in freedom and with a relatively high degree of autonomy find this difficult to understand. While we may feel as though we are free to do what we please, God is sovereign over all of our plans and desires.”

  5. Pastor Reggie really hit hard on this revenge. You hit me I hit you twice as hard among his Aunt’s philosophy, I get you before you get me. He reminds us this is the way of many today.

    I have a question for us, we as a Nation that live under the rule of Tump that follows his philosophy, which his wife has reminded us, you hit him and he hits you twice as hard. Is this good? Are we part of that philosophy as a whole. Seems like this can be a national way of life as well as individuals.

    1. “Are we part of that philosophy as a whole. Seems like this can be a national way of life as well as individuals.”

      Thinking back to Lesson 23 where you said Sara, “Seemly, if I’m understanding the lesson it was not one person but a tribe of people all acting with the same flaws.”
      I think we have heard in these lessons that an entire tribe seemed to have their corporate weaknesses…Ephraim were complainers with jealousy and pride; now Judah are spineless wimps who wanted to live with the status quo.
      This sounds like yes to what you wrote above.

      1. Hey Debi, mirroring up is a challenge, isn’t it? Some of us have spent our lives with cosmetic bags by our side looking for a mirror to mirror up the face! Pretty easy chore it now seems in light of souls awaiting a new face.

        I love the way Samson made sure the Judah wimps promised not to harm him since he was part of them. Was he thinking I will have to fight and go down with my people? (Not his tribe) Or was he thinking I want to show my people mercy? Was he all about saving his life? Did he hold behind his locks I’m going to show my stuff? Hey, did this man have any humility at all?

        As Pastor Reggie says, he was dumb about women but smart on riddles. I think he was shrewd and crafty with run away emotions.

        As I wait for session 3 I walk around wondering what new brand of cosmetics does he have in his bag? Now, that’s Samson and not our teacher?

  6. “Hey Debi, mirroring up is a challenge, isn’t it?”

    Yes, I think it is. And when I think of mirror, I think of the chapter, “Winter Season” from your book, “The Designs of One’s Heart”, subtitled,”The Four Seasons/ Hearts are Seasonal Much like the Four Seasons” with the focal verse: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” Ps 51:10. The titles alone speak volumes about “mirroring up.”

    The chapter “Winter” lets me know that trees and most plants are stripped bare, exposed to the wind and weather. The landscape is not painted with lush foliage or beautiful flowers. As your chapter speaks, it is a time for reflection. And I think your written words excerpt below expresses best my own inner questions and mirror challenge.

    “Solomon, a man of great wisdom says, “As in water face answers to and reflects face, so the heart of man, to man.” Proverbs 27:19 AMP. As you look in God’s face do you see your face? What do you see? It goes on to say in Proverbs, “For a man is judged by what he praises and of what he boasts” Proverbs 27:21 AMP. So we can judge ourselves by speaking what we see in that pool of reflection. In other words, what kind of person are you? What is your true character? What is the reflection in the pool saying to you?

    1. Yeah Debi, what is the true character of this strong man we are studying now? In the follow up to this lesson Pastor Reggie has a few words to describe him, fool, stupid, and dummy. Is Samson a pool reflecting back to us?

      1. ” Is Samson a pool reflecting back to us?”

        I would say that he is if we (I can speak for myself) use his pool to reflect on our own character. I could use the example Pastor Reggie gave about Samson being thirsty enough to die. Now maybe he only ‘felt’ like he might die but nevertheless he was in great personal anguish. This personal anguish drove him to speak to God. But his character never drove him to speak to God in the face of a national crisis with the Philistines. Pastor Reggie pointed out that he did have a “bit of faith in and respect for God” but his faith was shallow.

        So looking in the reflection pool, I could ask myself am I any different? We surely have a lot of national crisis today. Am I driven to seek and call on God about those or am I only calling on him for things within my personal crisis sphere?

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