Sermon Notes

Samson: Anointed Sacrifice Judges 16

2 Different sermons

3000 Year Prophetic Timeline from Samsons War to Israel’s War in Gaza  

2000 BC (over 4000 yrs agao) Israel – land promised to Abraham (size NJ) 

1948 Israel becomes nation 1st time 1300 yrs 

1993 “land for peace deal” = 2 state solution

2005 US Pres. Bush “land for peace” – Gaza 

2006 Hamas elected gov’t, elections cancelled, border closed Jews 

I choose sermons roughly 1 year in advance

October 7, 2023 Israel invaded Hamas, 1300 people killed (civilians), hundreds taken hostage, bigger than our 9/11, equivalent 40,000 killed 

Then 7000+ rockets fired into Israel 

UN cut in ½ estimates of death toll. Civilians shielding terrorists.

3000 years ago…Judges 2 Jesus says no 2 state solution (=spiritual warfare) 

Judges 2:1-4 “you have not obeyed my voice…I will not drive them out before you…they shall become thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.” 

Judges 300 yrs conflict (Deborah, Gideon, Samson) 

The Hamas Charter “Israel will exist…until Islam will obliterate it…”The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews)… There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad….”

Hamas #1 ideological document (Const) – Religious & Political 

Judges 16:1 Samson went to Gaza…

2 MAPS side by side on 1 screen from Gideon study guide page 15

PRAY 

Judges 16:1 Samson went to Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute, and he went in to her. 2 The Gazites were told, “Samson has come here.” And they surrounded the place and set an ambush for him all night at the gate of the city. They kept quiet all night, saying, “Let us wait till the light of the morning; then we will kill him.” 3 But Samson lay till midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts, and pulled them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron.

Samsons Downfall beings with 

Arrogance – defies God openly & publicly – no shame 

  • City gates – to defend/protect – puts on hill to display = mockery 

Unrepentance – only believer in town, acts like Philistine 

  1. Woman Married a Philistine woman & abandoned her
  2. Woman Prostitute 
  3. Woman Delilah 

We flirt with people/things we know will destroy us. YOU???

Sets him up for “seduce him” 16:5 = led away & led astray 

Judges 16:4 After this he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Seduce him, and see where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to humble him. And we will each give you 1,100 pieces of silver.” 6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and how you might be bound, that one could subdue you.” 7 Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.” 8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9 Now she had men lying in ambush in an inner chamber. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he snapped the bowstrings, as a thread of flax snaps when it touches the fire. So the secret of his strength was not known. 10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “Behold, you have mocked me and told me lies. Please tell me how you might be bound.” 11 And he said to her, “If they bind me with new ropes that have not been used, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.” 12 So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And the men lying in ambush were in an inner chamber. But he snapped the ropes off his arms like a thread. 13 Then Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me how you might be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web and fasten it tight with the pin, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.” 14 So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his head and wove them into the web. And she made them tight with the pin and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep and pulled away the pin, the loom, and the web. 15 And 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 you have not told me where your great strength lies.” 16 And when she pressed him hard with her words day after day, and urged him, his soul was vexed to death. 17 And he told her all his heart, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.” 18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up again, for he has told me all his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands. 19 She made him sleep on her knees. And she called a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. 20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him. 21 And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles. And he ground at the mill in the prison. 22 But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

XN ENTITLEMENT: Rom 6:1-2 Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

  1. We all have sin patterns – his – picks wrong woman, tolerates her manipulation
  2. What’s your sin pattern? 

Samsons Hair

  1. Nazirite vow (Judges 13 cf. Nu 6) sign of the covenant 
  2. The HS anointing was his power, not his hair
  3. God had finally had enough, withdrew hand protection. You never know when?

Judges 16:23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to rejoice, and they said, “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand.” 24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god. For they said, “Our god has given our enemy into our hand, the ravager of our country, who has killed many of us.” 25 And when their hearts were merry, they said, “Call Samson, that he may entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he entertained them. They made him stand between the pillars. 26 And Samson said to the young man who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the house was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there, and on the roof there were about 3,000 men and women, who looked on while Samson entertained. 28 Then Samson called to the LORD and said, “O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. 30 And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life. 31 Then his brothers and all his family came down and took him and brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had judged Israel twenty years.

Spiritual Warfare 

  1. Dagon Canaanite demon god the Philistines adopted as their primary god 
  2. Grinder – pushing large grinding stone for Dagon (god grain) 

Philistines 

  • 5 lords not a unified nation, coalition. Samson killed all 5 lords. 

National decline

  • No one cried out to the Lord as prior (Judges 3, 4, 6, 10) 
  • Accepted comfort, pleasure, compromise, oppressive govt 

Templeton Prize address Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’

Men he had the “dream”

            -Strength        -Power           -Fame             -Independence          -Beautiful women 

You 

  1. God does perfect work through imperfect people 
  2. You can live for God or pleasure, but not both 
  3. You should be trying to influence the culture, the culture is trying to influence you 
  4. If you live with the Philistines, you will die with the Philistines 
  5. ?Your last day? Alone, bitter, vengeful, self-destructive 

Stage set for imperfect King David, Jesus King of Kings & Judge of Judges!

Eyes

Judges 14:3 she [Philistine] is right in my eyes.

Judges 16:1 Samson went to Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute…

Judges 16:28 please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.”

Judges 21:25 Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. 

  • Samson’s eyes gouged out (physically morally blind)

= What’s your blind spot? Who will help you see it? (Jesus sends 2×2)

You Cannot Lose Your Salvation. You Can Lose Your Anointing.

Judges 13:25 the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him… [Samson as a child]“

Judges 14:6 Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him…

Judges 14:19 the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him…

Judges 15:14 the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him…

Judges 16:20 he did not know that the Lord had left him. [Samson as an older man]” 

They worship their god, Samson does not worship his God. = Not too late for you!

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