Samson, the reckless Judge of Israel.
(…continued from part four…)
V) If God had not an intention to use Samson to destroy Philistine, his office as a Judge in Israel would have been an absolute waste! Let us see what we have in Judges 14:3 “Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.” Samson had got it all wrong from day number one, if you ask me. A national revival did commence in Israel with the putting away of strange wives even to the inclusion of children born into such anomalous families in Ezra 10:3! That was done in conferment with Deuteronomy 7:3. Tragic was the end of Samson, of whom is the true historical recording of the world’s strongest individual ever.
David gripped by the lust of the flesh
Did David not know what he was getting himself into? Part one of his evil deed is mentioned here: 2Samuel 11:2-4 “And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3) And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4) And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.”
“…and hast taken his wife to be thy wife…”
This is part two of Davidic escapade. “And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15) And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die” (2Sam 11:14-15). Whose deed would not face any trial? This is David’s. 2Samuel 12:9 “Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.”
David, you’re guilty as charged!
The consequence of every ill act is an attendant sentence. David’s are found in 2Samuel 12:10, “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife;” and in 2Samuel 12:14 “Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.” Guilty, most definitely, was David, as charged. His first act was against the law of Exodus 20:17 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”
Thou shalt not commit adultery -with Bathsheba
Exodus 20:14 “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” David had carnal knowledge of Bathsheba, the legal wife of, not just another man, but a dutiful soldier, currently fighting for the glory of Israel, of which David is the king! Ironic! Exodus 20:13 says, “Thou shalt not kill.” David wrote, edited and directed the plot that sniffed out the life of an innocent Uriah! Exodus 20:15, “Thou shalt not steal.” One of the definitions of ‘taken’ in 2Samuel 12:10, which is lâqach (law-kakh’) means ‘seize’ which implies the use of force. Sleeping with another man’s wife is nothing short of purloining. Murdering her husband with the intention of marrying her is theft as well.
His heart attitude was the bane of Judas’ destruction.
The heart attitude of Judas, which he could not manage, destroyed him. Matthew 26:21-24 “And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” 22)“And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? 23) And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24) The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.”
(…to be concluded…)
Wash yourself clean from the original sin that takes one to hell for eternity. Get born again by saying this simple prayer:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be concluded in the next part…)
Read part four here
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