Posts Tagged ‘Samson’

Judges 18

Judges 18 is about the tribe of Dan. “The tribe of the people of Dan was seeking for itself an inheritance to dwell in”.  They were a people without a home, so they “sent five able mens….to spy out the land and to explore it….and they came to the hill country of Ephraim….recognized the voice of the young Levite” who was living with Micah.  So they come and ask him what he is doing there and what his business was.  Of course the Levite recalled how Micah had invited him to stay and be his priest, which he has been happily doing.

He has hired me, and I have become his priest”.  The spies now want to know how their mission is going to go so they ask the priest to “Inquire of God” and find out what will happen.  They get a good report and head off to explore coming to find a place near the Sidonians that is exactly what they are looking for.  So they return to their leaders with that report and tell them to get on with the mission.  “Do not be slow to go, to enter in and possess the land….the land is spacious, for God has given it into your hands, a place where there is no lack of anything that is in the earth”.

They head toward the land and come again to the house of Micah with the 600 warriors they have to take their new homeland.  The Levite priest meets them and they ask him to come with them and be their priest.  It was a pretty good offer, so they take all of Micah’s idols and items of worship and the priest and head off toward the Sidonian land.  Micah figures it out and comes after them and calls out asking what they think they are doing.  The people of Dan tell him to go home.

Do not let your voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows fall upon you, and you lose your life with the lives of your household”.  They tell Micah to go home and he does because they are too strong and there are far too many for him to overtake.  So they return home and the people of Dan continue their journey and conquest to take the land.  They rebuild the city and name it Dan and Jonathan and his sons became priests there.  “They set up Micah’s carved image that he made, as long as the house of God was at Shiloh”.

Judges 17

Judges 17 transitions to the story of Micah, a man from the hill country of Ephraim.  He told his mother “The 1,100 pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it”.  Confession time indeed.  Micah not only admits he took her silver, but “he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother” after she blessed her son before the Lord.  Then she dedicates the silver to the Lord as well.

But strangely enough, “his mother took 200 pieces of silver and gave it to the silversmith, who made it into a carved image and a metal image”.  Not a good move considering God’s dislike of idols and idolatry.  But it certainly fits the actions of the day.  Samson was gone as judge and “everyone did what was right in his own eyes”.  That sure sound familiar, doesn’ it.  No one felt obligated to follow God’s truth in His Word – it was up to every person to determine what they should do and how they should live.

God causes a Levite from Bethlehem to head out to find a place to live.  And he came to Ephraim and ran into Micah, who invites him to come stay with him once he discovers he is a Levite.  Micah invites him to “be to me a father and a priest”.  He offered to pay him and provide him some clothing, so the Levite decides to take him up on the offer and stays.  Micah ordains the Levite and he became a priest.  Micah says “now I know that the Lord will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest”.

There were no defined leaders in Israel at this time.  The judges were all dead and no king was in place.  So having a priest live in your home was a pretty big coup for Micah.  He took action to make God part of his home.  We need to consider how we do that in our society today.  Odds are we won’t have a pastor or priest living with us.  But there are lots of things we can do to make God center and keep Him in His rightful place in our life.  What is your plan to do that?  Hiring a full time pastor may be your strategy.  But we just need to define one!

Judges 13

Judges 13 has a familiar start. “And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, so the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years”.  It is amazing that the people just can’t keep God where He belongs, isn’t it?  How can they forget so quickly all that God has done?  Unfortunately, we can probably ask ourselves the same question.  We tend to quickly forget God when things are going well and we get self-absorbed and fail to keep God in His rightful place, as Lord of our lives.

God sends an angel who appeared to the wife of Manoah.  “Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son”.  Another miracle baby is on the way.  The woman, who is never named, tells Manoah of the visit.  “Then Manoah prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born”.  It didn’t take him long to seek the Lord and find out what this was all about.

When the angel comes again in answer to his prayer, Manoah asks “what is to be the child’s manner of life, and what is his mission”?  What a great question to ask.  Manoah wants to be sure he doesn’t miss the mark in raising this child, whom he realizes is a gift from God.  He wants to keep God’s messenger with them for dinner, but of course being an angel that isn’t going to work.  So the is instructed to offer the goat as a sacrifice and “when the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, the angel of the Lord went up in the flame of the altar”.  That’s when Manoah figured out this wasn’t a man of God but an angel from God.

They follow his instructions, which was for the woman not to drink wine or strong drink, or eat anything unclean.  “The woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him”.  God enabled a woman who was barren to become pregnant, spoke to her and her husband of the plan, and then enabled a son to be born.  He was a special boy and God blessed him as he grew and the Spirit became part of him.  God is preparing to do some great things through Samson.

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