Samson’s Final Revenge Lesson 29

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Reggie Webb Date: 4-14-19 Edenton NC

Story of Samson and Delilah-Samson’s final Revenge-Judges 16:23-30

So happy to have Pastor Reggie back for a time of illness. He gives thanks to all that rayed and continue to pray for his full recovery.

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11 thoughts on “Samson’s Final Revenge Lesson 29”

  1. “Judges 16: 16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.

    17 So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” 🤔 I think I may have an idea why Pastor Reggie called Samson a “he man with a she weakness”???

    1. I agree Tammy, a she weakness without a doubt! And, he said he was in love and seems like a love lullaby sleeping with head in lap of a cold hearted woman. Sure was a sound sleep 😴

  2. I agree with Tammy that I, too, am so grateful to have Pastor Reggie back teaching and will continue to add my prayers for his full recovery.

    I am so thankful that he was able to bring us this great lesson. Some of the warnings in this lesson were centered around verse 20 that Pastor Reggie told us to underline telling us that it is was one of the “saddest verses in the old testament.” “But he did not know that the Lord had left him.” This was spoken after his capture and was preceded by Samson’s thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.”

  3. The mystery Pastor Reggie spoke of still haunts my thinking, how did Samson sleep through the ordeal of the haircut? Reggie gave a thought some are thinking, maybe God did it. I asked my husband, he said maybe he was drunk. I thought maybe he was drugged.

    But, the point Debi spoke of that still instills sadness in our hearts, he didn’t even know The Lord had left him.

    1. Pastor Reggie told us many sad things about Samson’s life. He pointed out that Samson is listed in Hebrews 11 vs 32 as a hero but that his “life was blighted”; he “failed to live up to the great gifts God gave him.” He pointed out that he had a “lack of concentration for the things of God” and that Samson “stands as a tragic example of a man of great potential who lacked stability of character.”… and Pastor Reggie told us to learn from that example…
      It seems to me some of the warnings from the lesson were that if we (like Samson) become blinded by passion; ignore our vows to God; insist on revenge; and don’t concentrate on God’s blessings and our relationship with him, then we are positioning ourselves for the same sad things to happen to us as Samson reaped and that is very sobering.

  4. Pastor Reggie I’m so glad your are back teaching. I too will pray for your complete recovery. What a great teacher you are.

    The thing that stuck out to me was: “Samson stands as a man of great potential who lacked stability of character.”
    We see this today as one after another fall due to lack of stability of character. He did what felt right in his own eyes – other do too!

    1. Rena, the lead in and lead out of Judges every man doing what he thinks right in his own eyes is an ongoing human error it seems. I have often quoted that thought in many venues. But, after this lesson I connected this behavior to the fact that Samson didn’t even know The Lord had left him. What a double jeopardy for human behavior.

      I can hardly handle thinking back to the Lord Himself visiting his Mother and Father with divine plan for Samson with an ending of having his eyes gouged out, bound with bronze shackles and forced to grind grain in prison among the horrors of his death. A Mother’s child was Samson.

  5. Tammy writes, Judges 16: 16 “With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.”

    Does this make you think of behavior today in relationships? I so often watch parents and children, no, no, no…then just take it and go….

    This behavior seem to be in Samson’s character as mentioned before. Wonder when and where he learned this trait. In his DNA and hopeless?

    I’m asking questions to remind us that others may say to us ‘today’ we don’t need that old teaching from the OT for families, children, etc. Some may wonder why they or their children are not fulfilling the perfect ministry they had believed from various voices that would be their destiny. Yet, if we pause, meditate on each life shared in Judges their are answers to questions that might be difficulty or impossible to discover any other way.

    I’m still on the beginning of Samson’s conception! What hope was placed in his parent’s hearts by the Lord Himself coming in human form.

    Thank you Pastor Reggie for wisdom on Judges that begins and yet to end as we continue our studies.

    1. Sara, you commented above, “I’m asking questions to remind us that others may say to us ‘today’ we don’t need that old teaching from the OT for families, children, etc.”

      As I thought about this and re-listened to some of Pastor Reggie’s teaching, I thought he shared something that related to learning from the OT.

      He was telling us about the part that Rena wrote about above that stuck out to her, “Samson stands as a man of great potential who lacked stability of character.”
      He followed that with this, “We need to learn from that example.” He went on to say how God has blessed all of us and that we need to concentrate on Him and our relationship to Him everyday, and “be thinking about that relationship in everything we do and say” He said if we would do that that God could “use us to do some great things.” Samson could have been used too, he said but all he could concentrate on was his desire for women and that “brought him down to a sad, sad ending.”

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