Scripture Lesson: Judges 16:4-20
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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.
Text: Judges 16:20 “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.”
The ideal Christian life is one of constant growth and progress until the “measure of the fullness of the stature which is in Christ Jesus” is reached. But also, there are not many such. Many are best characterized by “ups and downs”. Then there are some which never develop at all. There is a long period of infancy. With many there is retrogression; a going backward. They actually lose ground. They slip, they lose out of their lives some of the Christian characteristics. They are like Samson “unaware” for a moment that they have lost the Lord.
Have you lost something? < 1941 – Were you ever converted?> Let us go back tonight to that time when you were a trembling sinner. When “love and mercy found you, at the foot of the cross”. What had you then. What you had then you should have now, only in a greater measure what you had there.
You had a sense of:
1. Assurance – acceptance. Nothing between you and God. Your sin had been there. Now it was gone. You had confessed and had forgiveness.
2. Wholeness – purity. Come with a sense of being undone. A sense of stain of sin upon your soul. But after you come, you find you were white as snow. You gave up unclean sinful things, etc.
< 1941 – a. Put God first in your life. Love of your _____ were delivered from sin. Have gone back to from which you were once saved. B. Had a testimony. C. Had a prayer life. >
3. Joy – a joy of libertious. A joyous sense of freedom. There was a deep undercurrent of happiness in your soul. Do you have it now, or have you lost it? Do you ever rejoice over the hour when you first gave your heart to God?
4. Love for all men.
a. Loved everyone. Enemies. You went to those whom you had wronged, of whom you had spoken evils of and made confession. Have you ask that? < 1941 – People now you won’t forgive? Hold grudge against. >
5. Tolerance – tolerance of others. Able to see the best in people. Always looking for their virtues. Have you lost that? Are you now harsh and critical of others. Do you find fault and critical of others. Do you find fault with your brethren? With those who do not agree with you? < 1941 – sure sign that you have backslidden when you become critical and faultfinding. >
6. Passion for salvation of others?
a. How you wanted others saved? How you prayed for the, etc.
Have you lost something? I am not asking whether or not you are a Christian? I am asking you are you as good a Christian tonight as you once were? Or have you lost something?
Come to the cross tonight, where you once came. Come and ask God to restore that which you let slip, which you have lost. He can do it, will you let him. Come now.
March 21, 1941 – New Vermillion
January 9, 1955 – N.U.
Within < > means a later addition by Henry.
Intro: “measure of the fullness of the stature which is in Christ Jesus” – a reference to Eph 4:13 “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,”
White as snow – reference to Isa. 1:18 ““Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. “
Christian life | Sanctification | Judge – Samson
Scriptures: Judges 16:4-20; Isa 1:18; Eph. 4:13
Years sermon preached: 1938 | 1941 | 1955