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May 12, 2018

During the time of Israel’s judges, the children of Israel were inhabiting the land promised to their forefather Abraham. This land was given to them with instructions by God, and they were told the key to continuing in God’s graces and living prosperously in the area was to adhere to His laws.

Unfortunately, there are two scriptures repeatedly found throughout the book of Judges that describe the spiritual climate of Israel and they are “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord” (Judges 2:11; 3:7,12; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6; 13:1) and “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which is right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6; 21:25). It was always God’s desire to be Israel’s king; however, they continually rejected Him. Hence, He was not pleased with His people, and He allowed them to go into captivity until they repented and sought Him.

During the several hundred years of tribal discord, apostasy and oppressive captivity that the book of Judges covered God raised up thirteen judges to give Israel His word and to lead them out of bondage. Thus, these judges were deliverers and administrators of justice. It is during this age of disobedience and rebellion to the instructions of God that Samson was born.

The life of Samson is shared in four chapters in the book of Judges: Judges 13 -16. These chapters cover Samson’s birth to death, his triumphs and tragedies, his temper and lack of self-control, his love, his lust, and his disobedience, which resulted in his downfall.

Each week I plan to blog a chapter sharing the events and life lessons that I learned from it, and I invite you to come on this journey with me.


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