Cover to Cover
Though Samson was an anointed Judge of Israel, his weakness for the flesh was his downfall. Some scholars have written that his portrait is found in Proverbs 7:6-23. Because of his foolishness he had his eyes gouged out and thrown in prison (Judges 16:19-21), he was made the sport of the Philistines. Over time Samson’s hair began to go back and apparently so did his faith in God. As Samson was brought out to the Philistines one last time to be mocked, he asked to be placed between the support pillars of the whole temple. There were three thousand people in the temple of Dagon to worship their god and rejoice that he had delivered their enemy, Samson, into their hands. As Samson rested between the support pillars he prayed one last prayer that God heard and answered. Judges 16:28 “And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.” God answered Samson’s prayer and his supernatural strength returned, the whole temple collapsed and killed everyone inside including Samson (Judges 16:25-30). Though we will see Samson in heaven (his name is mentioned in Hebrews Hall of Faith Hebrews 11:32-34), his life did not have to be as tragic as it was. Samson made decisions that brought him down and it was not God’s will. It is God’s will that we live through His strength as overcomers, and He has given us all we need to live a life of victory. Let us draw near to Him and take advantage of the blessings and weapons to live a life that pleases Him.
In our reading today we have some very encouraging words from our Lord Christ Jesus. He rejoices before God his father and then he shares some wonderful truths with his disciples (Luke 10:21, 22). He ends with these two verses Luke 10:23, 24 “Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; 10:24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” Jesus was referring to the fact they were witnessing the things the prophets wrote about and desired to see, namely, the coming of the Messiah! They were seeing Him. But saints, the prophets also wrote about the glory that would follow the sufferings of Christ, the establishment of the New Covenant. 1 Peter 1:10-12 “Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 1:11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 1:12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.” Blessed are our eyes saints, for we get to not only see but experience the glories following the suffering of Christ, the establishment of the New Covenant.