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Judges 13-16 – Samson and Eve #1

| September 6, 2017

They say young men marry women that remind them of their mothers. For me I know that was true, except younger! The story of Samson can be told by contrasting his mother to his women. In Judges 13, while unnamed, the wife of Manoah and Samson’s mother is the main character. It is she who […]

Judges 13-16 – Hair and Baptism

| June 8, 2016

Anyone who really thinks Samson’s strength came from his hair and not the Lord, only has to grow long hair and realize they are just as weak. And yet, as soon as his hair was cut Samson lost his strength. And yet again, as soon as his hair grew long Samson was strong again. God […]

Hebrews 11:32-34 – How Did Samson Make It?

| November 25, 2015

How did Samson, the womanizing, violent, self-serving judge make it into the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11:32)? In some strange way he and Paul are partners in grace. Paul had to learn “power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor.12:9). Samson, gifted by God with great strength only learned to rely upon God when he “gained […]

Judges 21 – Praying through the Bible #80 – A Prayer that is Ignored

| August 28, 2013

Does God ever ignore prayers? Get ready to shake your head in disbelief at how quickly stupidity catches up to those living a repeating cycle of self-made idiocy by doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21.25). Righteousness and rage, vengeance and vows make for unpredictable results and unthought-of realities. Israel is rightfully […]

Judges 19-20 – Praying through the Bible #79 – A Prayer of Mutual Destruction

| August 27, 2013

In the 70’s, the United States and the Soviet Union got MAD. They formed a treaty of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD). Armed with nuclear weapons, each nation could completely destroy the other. In war, there would be no victory, no peace, just retaliation and annihilation. Oddly, the goal was peace. Oddly, this reminds me of […]

Judges 17-18 – Praying through the Bible #78 – A Prayer that Seemed Right

| August 26, 2013

The story begins in Ephraim where Micah steals 1,100 silver pieces from his mother, confesses, she praises him, then gives him back the silver, consecrates it to God, and together they make an idol. Then the son installs his non-Levite son as priest (Judges 17.1-5). It seemed like the right thing to do. Understand, this […]

Judges 16 – Praying through the Bible #77 – A Prayer for Lost Strength

| August 21, 2013

It is fitting Samson is a man who tells riddles (Judges 14.14), because his life is a riddle. Called a man of faith (Hb 11.32), he does not lead armies, dispense wisdom, or lead by example. The one faithful act that applies to this manly conundrum is, “gained strength after being weak” (Hb 11.34). Before […]

Judges 15 – Praying through the Bible #76 – A Prayer of “You Owe Me God”

| August 19, 2013

Samson’s prayer begins by acknowledging God’s strength, but seems self-serving in the end. “You have accomplished this great victory through Your servant. Must I now die of thirst…?” (Judges 15:18). Sounds like, “God you owe me!” Samson’s life is filled with seemingly bad decisions involving women, leading to revenge on his enemies. When divinely empowered, […]

Judges 13 – Praying through the Bible #75 – A Prayer for Every Parent

| August 15, 2013

“Please Lord, let the man of God you sent come again to us and teach us what we should do for the boy who will be born” (Judges 13.8). That is the prayer of Manoah, concerning his unborn son. That must be the prayer of all parents. When the “man of God” comes again, Manoah […]

Judges 11:29-40 – Praying through the Bible #74 – A Prayer that Loses a Child

| August 13, 2013

Every parent’s greatest fear is losing their children. Some lose them spiritually, which is the greatest heartache. Others lose them emotionally, when a distant grows between them. Some even lose them physically, leaving a hole forever in their lives. Whether innocent or guilty, there is a gnawing agony of remorse and the haunting question, “what […]