Judges 15: 1—16: 31
What a Romeo Samson is! I know my dream was to get married and have my husband show up about a year later with a goat and say, “You ready? I’m coming into your room.” Shockingly, because of his absence our girl has moved on. Samson retaliates and a tit for tat war is born. Thus, ending this delightful Rom-com. But God is working in this despite Samson’s week moral character.
Does anyone else see the journey of the Israelites all over Samson’s life? God performs a miraculous rescue, Samson, complains about being thirsty, God provides water. Samson knows he is dedicated to the Lord but sleeps with a prostitute. God saves him from being caught. Samson falls in love with another prostitute, Delilah. Delilah’s name and position in life leads scholars to believe she was a temple prostitute. Not one to be able to tolerate a nagging woman, Samson reveals the “secret” to his power. The power of Samson is in the Lord not in the hair. The hair is more of an outward expression of an inward disobedience. When the dreads are finally cut it is showing that Samson’s immorality and lack of obedience has finally caught up with him. However, God still has a plan. Samson, finally humbled and seeking, asks the Lord to empower him again so he can do what he was born to do, exact punishment on the Philistines. And in that moment, he was more successful in his mission than he ever was before. God works through imperfect, morally weak people. And He saves these same people (Israel and Samson) when they cry out to him.
John 2: 2-25
Johns first recorded miracle is to show that Jesus has the power to transform. He also records an earlier temple cleaning out than the other gospels. It seems that this one caught everyone by surprise (the leaders as “what are you doing?”), while the second one recorded in the other gospels ended in the Pharisee’s seeking his immediate death.
Verses 24 & 25 shocked me today. “But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell Him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart.” Guys!! This is such great news for us. Jesus is not shocked by those things in our heart that we don’t tell anyone. He knows! He came to save us anyway! Just like God saved Samson’s despite his moral character, Jesus will save us no matter what deep dark thing is in your heart. He already knows and He loves you anyway. He saw they only trusted Him because they thought He was some kind of magician, not because He is God come to save the world. The theme of John’s gospel is unfolding for us. Jesus will set out from here to show people He is the Son of God.
Verse 5 really touched me. “He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like eagle’s!” I did not get saved until I was 33. I can promise you I feel more alive and vibrant now at 40 than I ever did in my youth. My teens and 20’s were characterized by anxiety and fear. I am not a slave to those things anymore!
Proverbs 14: 17-19
Another example of why it was important for me to get control of my temper and yelling. When I let my temper control me, I did things that hurt the people I love most. Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words cement themselves to your brain and never ever leave and can never be unsaid.