Have you ever been to the point of realizing that all you have is from The LORD? Seriously, your blessings are innumerable, Hallelujah, Amen.
God using loved ones causes you to know that you are not forgotten.
Prayer? Daniel, it was known that he would be thrown into the lions den. God goes before you in all your ways! ALL iss Known.
Praying to The Lord helps us understand more of God’s Character. The act of praying reminds us of our frailties, weaknesses, needs and sin as we ask God to help us in these things.
Samson? Was born anointed: An angel told them they were finally going to receive some good news. Not only would they have a baby but also the little guy would grow up to be the deliverer of Israel. Manoah and his wife were given clear instructions by the angel on how to raise their son to be a Nazarite. Yet, Samson stepped away; Samson confessed that he would lose his strength “if my head were shaved” (Judges 16:15- 17). While he slept, the faithless Delilah brought in a Philistine who cut Samson’s hair, draining his strength. Yet, Samson who had his eyes gouged and ground grain for the Philistines found The Lord and prayed.
Before Sampson was even born the angel of the Lord appeared to his mother and gave her certain conditions about his life.
3And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.4Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, 5for behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”
The Nazarite Vow was an oath which was taken by certain people who were special to God. Most times when this vow was taken the individual would voluntarily put it upon him or herself, however it was dictated that he was to be a Nazarite from his mother’s womb.
Because of this vow there was certain stipulations which were placed on Samson’s life that would not be placed on the lives of ordinary people. Samson’s place in God was determined by how he kept the vow, not because of his work of keeping the vow but because of the significance of the ordinances that it contained.
Every ordinance that God gave his people during the old covenant was significant in that it pointed towards the promise of the Christ to come. Therefore, if Sampson kept these ordinances it would always remind God of the promise of the Savior who was deliver the people once and for all. Each time he saw Sampson it would remind him of Christ much like the blood does these days and he would move accordingly.
Samson begins to get into trouble in Judges Chapter 14, verses 5 -9.
5Then Sampson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring. 6Then the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. 7Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she was right in Sampson’s eyes.
8After some days he returned to take her. And he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey. 9He scraped it out into his hands and went on, eating as he went. And he came to his father and mother and gave some to them, and they ate. But he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey from the carcass of the lion.
When you study the account above you may not see any problems but there are several things that happened to cause Sampson to violate the terms of the vow that he was under. I am convinced that the lion attack was satanically inspired to cause Samson to lose his anointing and his place in God so that he would not be able to carry out his appointed mission.
First of all Sampson was with his father to look for a young woman. Rather than having his mind set on the things of God his mind was set on a woman. This shows the carnality of the judge.
The next problem is that Sampson was looking in the vineyard, he was strictly warned not to eat grapes or to even touch anything that had anything to do with grapes down to the leaves and the husk.
I believe that Sampson did not tell his father and mother about killing the lion because he knew that he was in violation of his vow. You noticed later that as he turned aside he saw honey in the carcass of the lion. He had to touch the body of the lion once again to get the honey out. I believe that this was satanically inspired again in order to get Sampson to violate the terms of the covenant that he had with God.
So does the enemy with us when we are led by our senses rather than by the word of God.
At this point the only part of the covenant with God that Sampson has not violated is the cutting of his hair. He has spent time in the vineyard and even if he didn’t partake of some of the fruit when he was there which I believe he did, he came into contact with it. Remember he was to have no contact at all with any grapes even leaves of grapes.
Satan used the woman to cut his hair, which made his contract with God null and void. It was not necessarily in the hair that God gave his power but the power was in the agreement that Sampson had with God under the Nazarite Vow. When this last bond was broken the power of God departed from him.
The Isrealites – descendants of Jacob/Israel (from brothers of Joseph) after God used Joseph to save millions of lives in Egypt. We need to stay the course! ALL things work together for good in the lives of those who Love God.
40 days without food. The number 40 shows up often in the Bible. Because 40 appears so often in contexts dealing with judgment or testing, many scholars understand it to be the number of “probation” or “trial.” This doesn’t mean that 40 is entirely symbolic; it still has a literal meaning in Scripture. “Forty days” means “forty days,” but it does seem that God has chosen this number to help emphasize times of trouble and hardship.
Here are some examples of the Bible’s use of the number 40 that stress the theme of testing or judgment:
In the Old Testament, when God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:12). After Moses killed the Egyptian, he fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks (Acts 7:30). Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18). Moses interceded on Israel’s behalf for 40 days and 40 nights (Deuteronomy 9:18, 25). The Law specified a maximum number of lashes a man could receive for a crime, setting the limit at 40 (Deuteronomy 25:3). The Israelite spies took 40 days to spy out Canaan (Numbers 13:25). The Israelites wandered for 40 years (Deuteronomy 8:2-5). Before Samson’s deliverance, Israel served the Philistines for 40 years (Judges 13:1). Goliath taunted Saul’s army for 40 days before David arrived to slay him (1 Samuel 17:16). When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights to Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8).
The number 40 also appears in the prophecies of Ezekiel (4:6; 29:11-13) and Jonah (3:4).
In the New Testament, Jesus was tempted for 40 days and 40 nights (Matthew 4:2). There were 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension (Acts 1:3).
Whether or not the number 40 really has any significance is still debated. The Bible definitely seems to use 40 to emphasize a spiritual truth, but we must point out that the Bible nowhere specifically assigns any special meaning to the number 40.
Some people place too much significance on numerology, trying to find a special meaning behind every number in the Bible. Often, a number in the Bible is simply a number, including the number 40. God does not call us to search for secret meanings, hidden messages, or codes in the Bible. There is more than enough truth in the plain words of Scripture to meet all our needs and make us “complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).