Samson and the Men of Judah
After another conflict between the Philistines and Samson in Judges 15:8 the Philistines decided that it was time to take off the kid gloves and bring the whole army into action. They came into Lehi and set up camp ready for a full battle against the one man of God and of course the mighty God of Israel. It is interesting to see the power of God displayed through one man who was willing to stand for God.
When the Philistines arrived in the
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Samson extracted a pledge from the men of
When the men of Judah brought Samson to the Philistines they “shouted against him” and then the Holy Spirit came upon Samson and he was empowered to break the cords around him and then he found a simple blunt instrument – the jawbone of an ass – and with that simple device he killed a thousand men in one day and brought deliverance in front of the 3000 men of Judah. Yet still the men of
When Samson had finished the battle for that day he named the place according to the significance that he placed on events and named the place Ramath-lehi or the lifting up of the jawbone of the ass. Samson did not see reason to praise God in this victory. God responded by allowing Samson to experience the power of thirst until Samson was ready to re-evaluate the situation. Samson then recognized his need and he prayed to God and asked for help with his thirst. Then in a still small voice God answered Samson’s prayer by sending a little water to Samson to remind Samson that in both big and small events God remains in control. Samson had an experience similar to that of Elijah after his great deliverance in I Kings 19:1-18.
In all of these things God reveals His power to convince Samson, to convince the Israelites, and to convince the Philistines. Jesus sends His gospel out to touch the hearts of all who are willing to be found and this starts the process that brings in Ittai the Gittite – of Gath, and brought them into the church with David (II Samuel 15:18-22). Nothing happens with God but presents the gospel.